Reviews and Problems with Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Sound Card
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Razer Barracuda AC-1
9 May 2007
Summary: The same happened with the X-Meridian, so we suspect it’s a problem with the chipset or its drivers that is induced by the tremendous amount of audio BF2 throws at you. Where does that leave the AC-1? At $200, it’s pretty expensive. In fact, the AC-1 costs more than the X-Fi with its fancy schmancy (and so far useless) onboard X-RAM. It doesn’t help that the AC-1 lacks OpenAL support and sounds inferior to the Creative card in many of the games we tested.
Pros: Doesn’t include Creative’s software bloat.
Cons: Five-volt keying makes the card ineligible for PCI-X slots.