Reviews and Problems with Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
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Stay away from this card
Jacob W., Newegg
16 February 2007
Summary: Newegg was great in this deal, if we were rating them it would be a 5. If we were rating just Creative I would give it a 1. But since we have to rate both, I gave it a three, Newegg shipped fast and has great customer service, Creative gave this great card poor drivers and poor driver support.
Pros: This card sounds great. Much better then onboard sound. I believe it is also the cheapest X-Fi card that supports EAX.
Cons: Drivers suck. You will have about 10(No joke) processes running at all times when you install this card. Creative hasn't released an update for the drivers yet. It screws up for me and 2 other people I know that own it while playing games. Some of them crash to desktop, some lock up, mine persona...
Summary: When the repaired card got to me it once again worked like a charm, but I've only had it for like a month so we will see if it lasts this time. I only wish that turtle beach would offer cards with the same game features as Creative. I never had any issues with any turtle beach card.
Pros: The card was awsome the first week I had it. Worked like a charm. Went in easy and there was no issues.
Cons: After week one it started having some odd issues. It would basically act like it was not in my comp. Windows would see it was there, but none of the drivers worked. There were no IRQ conflicts (it was the only audio device active and the one of two PCI devices the other being my vid card). Eventu...
Summary: Read a lot of comparison reviews out there and this card is still the best, sound and performance wise. I love this card. If I had to buy a new one for 100bucks every three months cause they went bad, I would. Just cant live without it once you've experienced the sound.
Pros: I am a gamer and I've owned this card for almost a year now. Awsome sounding card. Bf2142 runs fine in ultra mode. The fastest card you can get. Sped up my games. Really. Before I built my new computer I had this thing in a p4 1.5 ghz with x1600pro, and bf2 was barely playable with the settings a...
Cons: I have had problems with crackling and popping that would stay until I restarted the PC. Thought it was the hardware. My friend had the same problem and told me to update the drivers. Did that and problem persisted. then I removed all drivers and reinstalled old and then reinstalled the updated t...
Summary: I have a Dell XPS 400 with 7.1 onboard audio, and this doesn't sound any different, really. The reason I bought this was for Oblivion, which pretty much required a sound card because the sound took up so much of my processor's power it would slow down any time a four-legged creature was in ear-shot.
Pros: Sounds great for games, music, movies... Sound in general. Surround sound separation is great in games and movies. Drivers and stuff all worked great, install was easy for me. Flexi-Jack is ok in mic mode.
Cons: Most of the software included is basically useless, 24-bit "Crystalizer" is a gimmick. If you want digial surround sound out of the Flexi-Jack with all sound (not just pre-encoded digital surround, like most movies) you have to buy an adaptor. If you want analog 7.1, you have to buy special cables.
Pros: Wow I thought my old SB GamersX Live! was great but this card blows it away for play'n all my games. No problems installing or update'n drivers on my Win XP Pro x64bit Edition. BF2 & 2142 sound awsome now.
Cons: 1 more thing for my wife to hate about my sweetheart.
Summary: I was prepared to drop $260+ on the latest and greatest Creative Labs offerings and while having all the fancy EAX stuff would be nice, I will use one of the competing sound cards out there at half the price and none of the problems.
Cons: Crackles and moms constantly regardless of your activities, even if you're just starting at your desktop wallpaper. This problem has existed for a YEAR and Creative has done NOTHING about it except Nvidia (even though Creative's competitors work FLAWLESSLY on the same systems).
Summary: I use an Asus A8V-Deluxe mobo and i have had NO conflicts, other than when you install MediaSource 5 make sure you uninstall the one you have (probobly 3.x) or you will have both listed in the console.
Pros: Make sure you have a BIG hard drive or two if you plan on using this card, like i do, to super rip your CDs to DVD-Audio quality i.e. 4900-6500kbps or more (yea, thats right, 4.9-6.5Mbps), makes em sound really good.
Cons: None, except the lack of driver updates, but i havent seen the problems with the current ones and Windows XP pro.
Pros: Works great! Very noticeable improvement in sound quality compared to my old integrated audio. Interface is very easy to use but is also very customizable (lots of sound options). Moreover, I there was a LARGE improvement in the speed my games run at...I was getting annoying fps drops in Oblivion...