I have an X-fi, but its a version without the X-RAM so I can't really usefully comment. My brother has one with X-Ram though, and I can't tell the difference between his and mine.
Him having a garden variety set of speakers and me having a set of Sennheiser HD650's might make a tiny little bit of difference though.
SteVen;4618376I did have a Creative card with X-RAM. ... 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.
"Sqeal of Death". Usually, simply switching modes fixes it, if not just disable hardware acceleration. (kind of defeats the purpose of an X-Fi card I know, but hey...) The drivers in the last while have gotten much better though.
The_Daedalus;4619127"Sqeal of Death". Usually, simply switching modes fixes it, if not just disable hardware acceleration. (kind of defeats the purpose of an X-Fi card I know, but hey...) The drivers in the last while have gotten much better though.
That issue has plagued me through 2 cards and 3 different systems. Still happens every so often...
Eh hem, can you answer this please?
Originally Posted by Oblivious
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.
Which games did you test the one with X-RAM on and what speaker set do you have?
If you don't compare the cards on X-RAM compatible games and don't have fairly good speakers you're not likely going to hear any difference.
Sorry, was replying as I was on my way out the door to work...
BF2, Crysis, Oblivion, Civ IV, BiA, and others I can't recall. Speakers are nothing special, Creative p7800s.
Most folks seemed to think it was gimmicky two years ago, I haven't read anything to make me think otherwise. Placebo effect perhaps.
BF 2 is the only one of those that's actually supports X-RAM as far as I know and yes, it would matter if your speakers aren't very good.