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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:53 pm 
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Hello all!

Now this definitely is off topic from the traditional Transformer chatter. I recently bought two new pcs. I have the graphics cards and the power supplies picked out for upgrading. I just don't know about the audio card.

I am looking to upgrade my sound card in my pc and I am comparing two models. The only problem is that I can't tell the difference between the two of them. If anyone has any hints about the differences I would appreciate hearing them!

I found both of these on Amazon (I won't post a link since they sell TFs). They are both in my price range. Which is about $50. And, they are pci-e. They are about $3 apart from each other.

Creative Labs SB0790 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card verses Creative Labs SB1040 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card

What's your vote?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:51 pm 
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OK.. Sound cards is an area where I might be of use.

The first thing I can tell you is both cards you listed use a different form factor. The first one is a PCI card which nearly all computers can use.

The second one you listed is a PCI Express (PCI-E) which generally are only found on newer computers. It's a nice feature if you want to save a PCI slot for a more important card like a wireless card or video card.

You'll want to make sure your PC can support a PCI-E card if you decide to buy that one.

Both seem like decent cards. I myself use a Soundblaster X-Fi card. Mine is called the X-Fi XtremeGamer. I bought this card because as the name states, it's designed for PC gaming.

If you're looking for any kind of multichannel cards or to hook your pc up to a home theater, the second one would be the one to go with. It has a dedicated output for Fiber Optic.

If you can find these cards on Newegg.com, You might be able to find a decent deal on the card and get real reviews. They'll be able to tell you opinions on the card and what kind of issues people may have with them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:40 am 
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Fricken A. Good catch. I was leaning towards the pci model and never realized it was PCI. For some reason I thought they were both pci-e. I double checked my pc specs and it does not have a pci slot. Thanks!!!

I'll head over to newegg and check out the reviews and price points.

Thank you Side-- err... Jetfire :) for your help!!

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Did you ever end up deciding on a model?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:02 am 
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Wow!!

Didn't remember this post!! :oops: Yes. I did. I ended up w/ a Soundblaster SB1040ef.

And, man do I regret that. It's not that its not a quality sound card. It's not officially Windows 7 compatible - it was meant for Windows Vista. I really sucked at doing my research. About once or twice a week the sound card drivers don't load and I have to reboot the pc. Also, the advanced audio features don't work either since they were intended for Vista.

Sorry again for not responding sooner.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:49 am 
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Have you checked Creative's website for updated drivers for Windows 7?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:59 am 
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Yep. And, there are work around drivers, but Creative doesn't officially support Win 7 with that particular model. I should have bought it directly through Creative and purchased a current model instead of through a reseller on Amazon.

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That's no good.. sorry to hear that.


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