Originally Posted by EarwaxDAC
I am afraid you are correct. The current state of this industry disappoints me. I am used to software releases from other companies and if people would rather use a 3rd party driver pack to get a functional product that really says something. It reminds me a lot of the omega driver for ATI and I am not really interested in that.
Can someone review my facts here:
Creative X-Fi Titanium HD does hardware EAX
Creative Z series does software EAX
X-Fi MB is software EAX you can purchase (?)
Asus/Cmedia products do software EAX (either X-Fi MB or completely reverse engineered emulation)
Is there any real advantage of having the EAX performed in hardware? Or is perhaps creaf thinking that the CPU overhead is so low it is insignificant? I can see why software EAX might be an advantage, as it would allow creative to fix problems that might not be as easy to fix in hardware.
In general the Titanium HD does stuff in hardware that the Sound Blaster Z does in software.
X-Fi MB software is Creative's software designed to work with a different audio processor beside Creative own audio processing chips.
Is the Creative drivers working with non-creative audio processers as good as the Creative software running on Creative's own audio processors??? (wish I knew the answer).
Asus/Cmedia's GX software is an attempt to do the same job as EAX 5.0, I've heard there is mixed results.
Last I heard is that EAX has been superseded by EFX(?), so unless you like playing older games, I do not think EAX support is a big factor in choosing sound cards.
(There are hardcore Titanium supporters, I'm sure they have their reasons)
When Microsoft Vista came out, the OS came with it's own audio processing features which I assume made it easier to write gaming audio that was not so dependent on which audio processor you were using.
When EAX first came out your computer's CPU had one core and CPUs ran at a much slower speed (as did memory),
Now that computers are coming with much faster CPUs that have 4 cores or 6 cores or 8 cores and each core is better then older cores. A lot of the audio processing can be switch over to the CPU, so audio processing is much less dependent on a given audio processor.
I'm sure Creative latest SBX software depends a lot more on the CPU's processor, then older Creative software drivers