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Replace onboard sound with an old X-Fi?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by uZi, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. uZi


    Joined: Aug 1, 2003

    Posts: 265

    I'm currently using the onboard sound from my motherboard (see Sig). I've also got an old X-Fi (Fatality edition with the front breakout box, etc).

    I'm using a pair of sennheiser HD595s which are plugged into the front sockets on my case. Sometimes I feel I miss things like footsteps in FPS games, or my teammates seem to have heard something I haven't (e.g. in pubg).

    Do you think I'd see an improvement with the X-Fi and/or the breakout box added?

    Obviously I could just try it, but the cards in a box buried, in the attic, so thought I'd get opinions first:)
  2. Marsman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2009

    Posts: 10,376

    In most cases, the only issue with using an old card, is when it comes to drivers. Hardware wise, old cards are still very good.

    I've no idea what drivers are like for X-Fi cards with Windows 10; whether Creative's work, or whether you'd need to use modified drivers. Just looking now; PAX drivers are still going.

    It's worth a try, because with onboard audio, you don't get any sound location at all (besides left and right); except what the game itself has built in.
  3. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 4,632

    Location: Finland

    Now that's old sound card. Had that myself long time ago...
    Though it lasted longer than my HD595...
    You must have hit lottery jackpot if you haven't had to glue them completely back together by now.

    Primary improvement wouldn't come from technical signal quality improvement, but from binaural sound.
    And X-Fi's CMSS-3D would be pretty much insanely detail emphasizing. Though at expense quite a heavy general mangling of sound and loss of bass.
    Making Creative's newer HRTF algorithm's better for such bass neutral headphone.
    With good headphones binaural sound makes standard stereo suck more than vacuum:
  4. uZi


    Joined: Aug 1, 2003

    Posts: 265

    The HD595s have held up pretty well. Think I bought them in 2008 and been using them for gaming ever since. There's a small split where the sides meet the headband, but not enough to cause problems.

    The windows 10 driver seems to be here: https://support.creative.com/downloads/download.aspx?nDownloadId=13599

    Shall dig the old card out and give it a try soon I think!
  5. MeatLoaf


    Joined: Dec 1, 2005

    Posts: 13,910

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Im using my X-fi with my new build. Search for Daniel K driver or YouPAX driver. Both better than the standard issue creative driver
  6. JasonM

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,152

    The sound card will be superior to the gigabyte audio.