Originally Posted by jimwhite
If you CAREFULLY read the stuff on the Sound Blaster forums, especially about SCP on the X-FI's, you'll realise that your reading drivle from pimple-faced teen and sub-teen morons who are running "game" machines built on a highschool-budget with inadequate powersupplies, extremely over-clocked CPU's and a total lack of understanding when it comes to PCI slots and IRQ sharing.... did you forget about on-board devices on the PCI bus?? FWIW, my X-FI Elite Pro simply WORKS
, it has NEVER given me any serious problems in two different Intel based motherboards.
Well, Jim, it should be obvious that not everyone has problems with the X-Fi or Creative would never be able to sell them. Just because you have not had problems doesn't mean others, also, have not. I am far from a teen or sub-teen, and far from pimples and, debatably, being a moron. My computer is a "game" machine that also does video rendering. But Creative has always catered to gamers, so having a "game" machine should not be a detraction in having a X-Fi. My "highschool-budget" machine:
Opteron 250 x 2 - stock speeds
Gigabyte GA-2CEWH Motherboard
OCZ Reg ECC PC3200 3-3-3-8 512MB Server Memory x 4
BFG GeForce 7900GTX OC x 2 SLI
PC Power and Cooling 1000 Turbowatt Power Supply
Seagate 320GB SATA2 HDD - System
WD 74GB Raptor HDD on RAID0 x 2 - Video Rendering
SB X-FI Elite Pro
Dell 2405FPW Monitor
Koolance EXOS-AL Watercooling on CPUs and GPUs
has SCP problems. I have ACPI disabled and make sure the soundcard is on an IRQ that is not shared directly or indirectly. Everything is disabled onboard except the necessary SATA ports and 1 of the ethernet ports. The only card in the PCI slots, rotated at various times through ALL of them, is the X-Fi. I can listen to a MIDI file that is crystal clear, until I enable a sound effect. Most games are very clean, but some are not. Although Creative's last driver revision greatly helped, the only way to consistently stop the SCP was to remove the card. Since I favor Creative products for their all-purpose compatibility, I purchased a replacement Audigy 2 NX USB card while my X-Fi just sits waiting for my next Intel-based system build.
If you CAREFULLY read through the stuff on Creative's forums, you will find amongst the drivel plenty of well-appointed, powerful, expensive machines run by fairly logical and reasonably knowledgeable people whom have problems with the X-Fi series cards.