Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS

I picked up a new toy for my computer last Friday. I started turning the backgound music in WoW back on because it just sounds absolutely rich and phenomenal in comparison to my old Audigy. Just FYI: The X-Fi Xtreme Gamer is pretty much the same card as the Fata1ty FPS, just $100 cheaper and without the front audio panel and remote. What can I say? I like shiny buttons…

I guess my only major complaint about the card is that the X-Fi uses a shared audio input/output "flexijack" for all non speaker related connections. So if you have multiple devices, a microphone and whatever else, you will probably have to swap them in and out. That isn’t a problem though if you have the front panel.

Word of advice to anyone trying to enable use of the maximum number of sound channels in WoW: It’s disabled by default for some reason. Go into your WoW directory, open the WTF folder, and then open "" At the very bottom of the file, add this line:
[code]SET SoundOutputSystem "1"[/code]

Otherwise, if you don’t have a sound card that supports 128 sound channels, keep moving the slider down one tick at a time until you can hear things /shrug. I’m not sure why they aren’t labeled, it’s sort of annoying.

Also, a lot of people seem to be having crackling and popping issues with Creative cards (X-Fi included) and nForce 4 boards. I haven’t had any of these problems yet, knock on wood, but there isn’t a good solution to this problem yet to my knowledge, so it is something to keep in mind if you are thinking of purchasing one.

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