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Re: Question about X-Fi cards and FC9 (or FC10 upcoming ...)

On Mon, 2008-11-03 at 11:56 -0500, William W. Austin wrote:
> I am thinking about building another machine for "fun and games" (to 
> replace an aging machine that will replace the older firewall box 
> here).
> In particular I heard demos this weekend directly comparing the Audigy 
> card that I'm now using with an X-Fi card (specifically the PC Express 
> X-Fi Soundblaster Titanium card).  I was really impressed.  But trying 
> to read through all of the FC9 documentation (both in the distro and 
> on-line blogs, etc.) I cannot tell if this card should work on FC9. (Or 
> on the upcoming FC10).
> Does anyone have any information on this one?  I have tried the 
> archives, but searching on all of the permutations of X-Fi, XFI, etc. 
> have not helped.
> Please feel free to answer off-line if you don't want to waste 
> everyone's bandwidth.
> Thanks
> -- 


Don't get the X-Fi.

Long story short: 
Since the introduction of the X-Fi, Creative refused to release the
specs of cards, claiming that it will release binary drivers ASAP.
Creative did eventually release beta drivers, but they sucked... badly.
A couple of months ago, Creative capitulated and started releasing
partial documentation to the OSS project.
ALSA is working on a preliminary driver for the X-Fi, which may appear
in next major ALSA release. (Notice the may part)

In short, don't touch this card with 10 ft pole.

Come to think about it - if you're looking for best Creative card, scour
ebay for a used Audigy 2ZS. (I did; The so-called Audigy 4 value is
nothing more that a el-cheapo software card with numerous limitations..)

- Gilboa

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