For those with X-Fi sound cards, is X-Ram worth it? 15 replies

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#1 11 years ago

I'm considering an X-Fi Titanium as one of my sound cards in my next build, possibly using a more high end audiophile grade card as well for music and switching between the two. I have recently seen they have an X-Fi Titanium for $40 less than the Ti Pro which doesn't have the shroud and the X-Ram.

I've looked on the Sound Blaster site and there are only 30 games that support X-Ram, 7 of which I have. Quite frankly I'm surprised there have only been that many titles made that support it and many major releases like Crysis and CoD 4 do not.

So, to those of you whom have X-Fi cards with X-Ram I ask, do you think it sounds noticeably better? Is paying $40 more for X-Ram worth it or not? Seems to me more developers would support it if it were. Some of the info I've seen shows games not on the Sound Blaster site that supposedly support X-Ram, like Quake 4. In these cases did the devs back out and opt not to support it?




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#2 11 years ago

You mean to tell me no one here has an X-Fi with X-RAM? Is this just a hyped up feature that most aren't interested in?




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#3 11 years ago

To be honest mate I seriously doubt that most Creative users even know what their sound cards can do.




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#4 11 years ago

my xfi died no optical line out for my speakers :(




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#5 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4617477To be honest mate I seriously doubt that most Creative users even know what their sound cards can do.

LOL, you're probably right about that. I think most buy into the idea that Creative cards are less resource hungry for gaming and that's all they care about. However Creative definitely emphasized the new features on the X-Fi cards, one of which is X-RAM, so I thought at least some would be able to give testimonials on that.




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#6 11 years ago

I did have a Creative card with X-RAM. I will admit, the sound quality it gave me in Battlefield 2 and Quake 4 was amazing. Was some of the best sound I had ever heard....While it lasted. About after 1 month of use the thing just seemed to die on me. It kept producing loud annoying static sounds and I couldn't figure out the problem for the life of me. I tried absolutely everything from trying differen't drivers to using a whole new Mobo. Couldn't get a refund for it either, so that $150 only lasted about a month.

With my personal experiance from it I wouldn't buy another. I'm sure you'd have better luck than I did, and the sound was actually extremely good, I just wish it lasted longer.




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#7 11 years ago

So Quake 4 IS supported by X-RAM? That's odd, because it's not even shown on the Creative page that lists gaming partners for X-Fi cards. [COLOR=Blue]X-Fi Game Partners[/COLOR]

Now I'm wondering where you have to go to actually get an accurate list of games that support X-Fi/X-RAM. You'd think Creative would give a damn about updating such info. For that matter Quake 4 has been talked about for some time as having X-RAM support, so it's not exactly new to the list.

From the many reviews I've read the annoying clicks, pops, and other delightful little audio nuisances the original Creative cards were known for were fixed with the Pci-Ex (Titanium) version of the X-Fi.




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#8 11 years ago

Well, I've had an X-Fi Platinum without X-Ram and an X-Fi Fatal1ty now with it, I honestly can't say I've noticed any difference. Both sound the same and seemingly games perform the same. Perhaps benchmarks would show something, but it doesn't seem to be anything that would knock your socks off.

>Omen<;4618520...You'd think Creative would give a damn...

As a long time Creative customer, I wouldn't think that.




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#9 11 years ago

As far as I'm aware Creative have never given a damn about their customers, or in fact anything to do with you or their product as long as you've stumped up the cash to buy it.




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#10 11 years ago
Oblivious;4618681Well, I've had an X-Fi Platinum without X-Ram and an X-Fi Fatal1ty now with it, I honestly can't say I've noticed any difference.

Which games did you test the one with X-RAM on and what speaker set do you have?




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