Audidgy 2 ZS -> X-Fi worth it ?

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I already have awesome sound with my Audidgy 2 ZS and Alesis amplified monitors (and XLR cables btw), so is it worth upgrading to an X-Fi card ?

Also would I get a performance increase in games such as Oblivion and BF2 ?

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CPU usage of Audigy 2 and X-Fi are very similar. The benchmarks I saw did suggest the X-Fi uses slightly less CPU cycles, but only by about 0.1%.
 
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Mr Spoon said:
I already have awesome sound with my Audidgy 2 ZS and Alesis amplified monitors (and XLR cables btw), so is it worth upgrading to an X-Fi card ?

Also would I get a performance increase in games such as Oblivion and BF2 ?

cheers.

Definitely not worth it if you're just talking about performance in games - you wouldn't notice the difference at all. In fact, X-Fi over onboard soundchip isn't even noticeable, apart from maybe in benchmarks.

As for sound quality - it would be an improvement for sure, but probably not enough to knock yer socks off. If you listen to a lot of music then it may be worth it I guess. Just don't expect it to be like night and day is all.
 
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