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post #2026 of 2431
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Had some weird situations, windows didn't detected card on start-up sometimes with card when inserted it into PCI-E X8 that is shared with PCI-E X16 for sli/crossfire, moved card to "normal" X1 slot and problems gone.

 

But then it can be not so accurate, because if game outputs only two channels what SBX do is just try to artificially virtualize them (this can ruin positioning game try to give you), like music, when you listen to music with surround it does sound different/weird.


What do you think of the sound so far stock?

post #2027 of 2431

Holy ****. After updating the driver, instead of sound dying I just experienced a super loud metallic static noise that is still there even after muting sound via Windows icon. I hope it didn't cause permanent damage to my ears .__.

 

I had it in a PCIe x1 slot already, but I uninstalled it and put it in another one because I think one of the little metal spokes on the backside of the card might have been touching or really close to the motherboard's heatsink.

 

No improvements to audio though and it just cut out again, so I guess I'll RMA it. Anyone know whether Newegg or Creative pay return shipping like Amazon does?

post #2028 of 2431
How do you guys think these cards compare to the Xonar range?

I see a lot of you are having problems either with drivers or the cards themselves eek.gif...
post #2029 of 2431
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How do you guys think these cards compare to the Xonar range?

I see a lot of you are having problems either with drivers or the cards themselves eek.gif...


Stock slightly worse than the STX but with better potential with modification. Software for me lags a lot but does seem to work ok

 Asus software better in that regard.


Edited by germanium - 3/2/14 at 7:41pm
post #2030 of 2431

Software doesn't lag for me at all, but I do have it on a Samsung 840 Pro

post #2031 of 2431
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Stock slightly worse than the STX but with better potential with modification. Software for me lags a lot but does seem to work ok
 Asus software better in that regard.

Ah ok, suppose at least it has room for mods. Software lag shouldnt be an issue for me, full SSD in my rig biggrin.gif

Asus software kinda sucks... lol tongue.gif

How do these new cards go for gaming as compared to the Titanium HD? hows the virtual surround, positioning etc?
post #2032 of 2431
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Stock slightly worse than the STX but with better potential with modification. Software for me lags a lot but does seem to work ok

 Asus software better in that regard.

 

Hi, software seems to run fine for me, i run Win 8.1 with SSD cached drive.

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What do you think of the sound so far stock?

It is really hard to tell as  don't have much to compare to, but as my ears remember it sounds better than X-Fi titanium i had, easier to listen on higher volumes.

post #2033 of 2431
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Hi, software seems to run fine for me, i run Win 8.1 with SSD cached drive.

It is really hard to tell as  don't have much to compare to, but as my ears remember it sounds better than X-Fi titanium i had, easier to listen on higher volumes.

I'm actually running 2 SSD's in raid 0, The lag I'm talking of is obviously due to built in timers. My computer is quite fast so it is just relative to everything else that it lags to me.

post #2034 of 2431
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Originally Posted by Aussiejuggalo View Post


Ah ok, suppose at least it has room for mods. Software lag shouldnt be an issue for me, full SSD in my rig biggrin.gif

Asus software kinda sucks... lol tongue.gif

How do these new cards go for gaming as compared to the Titanium HD? hows the virtual surround, positioning etc?


Sorry I don't do gaming myself so strictly for entertainment here. 2 SSD's in raid 0 here.

post #2035 of 2431
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I'm actually running 2 SSD's in raid 0, The lag I'm talking of is obviously due to built in timers. My computer is quite fast so it is just relative to everything else that it lags to me.

Maybe they intended to make it "smooth" or something like this, but it seems that all menu opens as should (without random slowdowns) maybe with some default delay.

post #2036 of 2431

germanium, are you running the original drivers/software from when you got the card or the updated ones?

post #2037 of 2431
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germanium, are you running the original drivers/software from when you got the card or the updated ones?

Updated. Never installed original drivers from disc that came with card. I also noticed now that the lag only occurs when I open it for the fist time after reboot but not afterwards.
post #2038 of 2431

Well yea I knew you probably didn't use the disk, but there was a big driver/software update from when I installed the drivers off Creative's site and now.

 

 

BTW, I am still going to be doing the cap mod to the ZXR, I actually just ordered 6 of these (they got the upgraded caps back in stock, the PulseX in 250V instead of 400V).

 

http://www.erseaudio.com/MPX25-03-12-00

 

 

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ERSE’s Pulse X caps are a premium audiophile grade capacitor designed for quick transient response and ultimate musical performance. Total harmonic and IMD distortion and phase distortion are virtually immeasurable, while all losses are near zero in every aspect. PulseX caps will allow your music to be accurate and uncolored in every way.

 

 

 

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Edited by NCSUZoSo - 3/3/14 at 5:29am
post #2039 of 2431
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BTW, I am still going to be doing the cap mod to the ZXR, I actually just ordered 6 of these (they got the upgraded caps back in stock, the PulseX in 250V instead of 400V).

 

Hey, it would be nice You could share Your experience with upgrade here http://www.head-fi.org/t/705284/germaniums-sound-blaster-zxr-mod-thread I also want to mod ZxR but every-time something happens and keeps me off it.

post #2040 of 2431

Could someone who owns the ZXR measure the length for me please. Just trying to work out if it will block the fan on my graphics card.

 

Thanks.

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