Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
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Jason M., Newegg
9 May 2013
Summary: I've owned an older model of Sound Blaster and it worked really well in Windowx XP after they straightened out their driver / software issues. Had to upgraded to this card for Win 7 compatability. Maybe this card will be good in a few years.
Pros: Outputs good and strong sound when gaming or listening to music.
Cons: Unable to get audio in feature to work so I can play my iPad through my PC speakers. Something so simple got me really frustrated and I was never able to get this to work. I had other issues with my headset and mic configuration.
Summary: Bought an Asus Xonar - similar price, better drivers and support AND it supports "x-fi" acceleration... which isn't really all that cool.
Pros: Not a bad price, 7.1, small form factor
Cons: Awful drivers and support. This card has given me more headaches then anything else. Also, if you have a newer ATI card make sure you don't install the ati audio drivers. It conflicts with the awful creative drivers. Oh, and this thing didn't have working win 7 drivers for about the first 6 month...
Summary: You can probably get a generic sound card that will work just as well - maybe even better. If you're only going to have 2 or 3 speakers, or using a headset, you're probably better off going with another product. Overall, I have never been that impressed with Creative's products.
Pros: Honestly, this product was never that impressive.
Cons: I have not used this product to any great extent, but I have had a few audio problems here and there. What's prompted me to put in this review is that the latest driver update has muted my computer.
Summary: If this doesn't get resolved soon, I'm going to buy a card from another manufacturer. I'll state again that I'm not satisfied with their tech support.
Pros: Nice card when it works, crisp audio. Runs great with minimal issues in Win XP 32-bt.
Cons: Upgraded my computer from XP 32-bit to Win 7 64-bit. I can't get the microphone to work (have downloaded the latest drivers) and Creative's tech support is leaving something to be desired. First they give me several things options to try, then later tell me that the microphone is not supported in...
Summary: The card is great when there is not some crazy driver problem, but I wish I had spent more money on a more stable card. I can't afford to have my computer crashing on a regular basis, with the possibility of data loss each time.
Pros: The card itself works Normally for the most part.
Cons: The software for this product is inexcusably bad. Having owned this card for well over a year now, I've had periods of up to 6 months with no problems. However, the drivers that Creative releases for this card are updated every now and then, and have a nasty habit of crashing my entire computer. ...
Summary: Using Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I would avoid using Creative Labs products with Vista (at least 64 bit) their driver support is iffy at best.
Pros: Higher sound volume and slightly better quality than onboard.
Cons: The microphone does not work on this, even after uninstall all apps through control panel (which does not contain an item for drivers), then going to device manager and uninstalling the card with the option to remove drivers (checking for hidden), then re-installing the "latest" drivers the micro...
Summary: Normally I don't bother reviewing products, but I felt so strongly about the poor performance of this card that I was compelled to warn other people. Pretty weak customer service. There is ONE guy from creative who has been dealing with everyone's problem reports.
Pros: Allows the highest audio settings in some OpenAL games. Some good tools for rough calibration.
Cons: BSODs on x64 operating systems when using it in native OpenAL mode, which is a key selling point since Vista came out. Running in alchemy causes a new set of problems.