This is the second--such card I am installing.
- My Core 2 Duo PC with WIN 7 is using this as a upgrade. Now my latest build--a i5-3550 and WIN 7 requires something more than integrated.
I first install the digital sound card--then use Windows[tm]Update Service--to retrieve the latest sound driver.I then use the enclosed CD-for Creative MediaSource applications--Plus.the Auto Updater.
- When the original X-Fi came out it was the first major new architectural change for Creative and for sound cards in years.
- I mean, I still laughed, but that was about the XRAM. There were also major improvements in the architecture too, including a nearly flawless sample-rate conversion engine, and seemingly limitless processing power.
It blew the DACs off the Audigy series, hands down.
- A case in point is todays specimen, the X-Fi PCIe XtremeAudio.
- The delays from then until now, about 12 months, were officially acknowledged as technical issues relating to the PCI Express bus itself.
This X-Fi also has the same basic set of features that youll find in all other X-Fis, namely the 24-bit, 96KHz record and playback, the Crystalizer, 7.1 surround sound, and the CMSS3D.
- It just strikes me a bit odd that Creative would rev the APU and not make such a big deal about it.