Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
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Sounds good, but driver issues
Colin H., Newegg
26 April 2012
Summary: I am using the current drivers from their website but still have this issue. Has been better recently, but still happens time to time.
Pros: Sounds are very clear. I notice the depth in sound while playing games such as Battlefield 3. Everything sounds good.
Cons: I have issues with the drivers for Windows 7 64-bit. There have been many time where I turn on my computer and the drivers aren't recognized and I have to reinstall them again (and restart my computer) for it to work again.
Summary: I don't know if it is worth the money (~$50), or rather if it is worth $50 more than onboard audio, which comes with many more ports, just as many settings that can be tweaked, but have to divert resources from cpu and ram.
Pros: You can tweak many settings, sound is good quality. It has digital and analog outputs/inputs. It has three separate modes to choose from (most people will probably use only entertainment and game modes though), and each profile keeps separate settings/tweaks.
Cons: Switching between modes may (very rarely!) cause sound issues for some programs (even if program was not running when switched). It only has 4 ports for connections. It has no optical out. Two prominent settings (cmss-3d and switching between audio modes) can't really be customized as much as som...
Summary: If you're planning on using this card with Windows 7, then be prepared for some problems. 25% of the time, it crashes on boot and will give you a BSOD if you attempt to fix it. Removing this card from my system was actually an upgrade.
Pros: Technically gives you X-Fi support
Cons: Doesn't sound any better than modern Realtek chips, awful drivers, games don't take advantage of the X-Fi hardware anymore.
Summary: Its a great card made by a horrible company. I've used Sound Blaster devices for over 15 years but after this card I don't think I'll ever purchase another one of their cards.
Pros: Fairly simple 7.1 card with a high amount of customization.
Cons: Optical is not TOSLINK & Driver Support is some of the worst. Creative is probably the worst company to get support from. End of story. I bought this right around when Windows 7 had just been released. They didn't have drivers until what felt like a year later. You had to do some community vista ...
Summary: Apparently they are working on a fix for this issue but they are only concentrating on the Titanium series for now. I now have to choose between the SSD and the card or buy a Xonar. However I don't want to buy a Xonar if it will have the same problems. If it works for you it is pretty awesome.
Pros: For low-mid range systems it works very well. The drivers are bloated but you can choose what you want. Worked perfect for me once they got their act together. The initial Vista/7 drivers were terrible but now they are good. OpenAL restored all the EAX effects and games utilized all the extra voi...
Cons: Does not work properly if you have a SSD. Sometimes it will detect properly and othertimes it won't. This is due to the operating system loading too fast for it to initialize properly. Once it happens you have to reinstall the driver until it happens again. Search Creative forums for "Sound dissa...
Summary: had trouble getting windows 7 to recognize the card. after reading forum after forum i finally found a solution. shouldnt be this hard to get drivers. im not too picky about sound quality, just wanted 5.1/7.1 and this was on sale
Pros: PRICE. X-FI. 7.1 got it on sale for 49.99
Cons: DRIVERS. only shipped with windows xp driver cd.
Cons: I only wrote this review because I'm ready to build a new machine, and this card is substantially ($30) more than I paid almost 5 years ago. It's the same card...after 5 years I refuse to pay more for the same product.