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R.I.P. Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs

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Reply 20 of 26, by Wolfus

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I have both Audigy 2 Platinum EX and X-Fi Elite pro and I find Audigy less problematic. X-Fi is prone to interference from (I think) more energy demanding video cards. I've tried in 4 systems and only one of them (oldest i3 + HD7850) has correct audio output. Other ones (especially i5+RX570) have problem with hum in 3D games. Heroes 3 and non-gaming software is OK so I think problems are escalating when video card draws more power.

Reply 21 of 26, by Joseph_Joestar

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Wolfus wrote on 2020-10-17, 09:03:

X-Fi is prone to interference from (I think) more energy demanding video cards.

I never experienced any such issues with my X-Fi, but I'm using the SB0880 Titanium PCIe model from 2008.

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Reply 22 of 26, by kolderman

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Wolfus wrote on 2020-10-17, 09:03:

I have both Audigy 2 Platinum EX and X-Fi Elite pro and I find Audigy less problematic. X-Fi is prone to interference from (I think) more energy demanding video cards. I've tried in 4 systems and only one of them (oldest i3 + HD7850) has correct audio output. Other ones (especially i5+RX570) have problem with hum in 3D games. Heroes 3 and non-gaming software is OK so I think problems are escalating when video card draws more power.

Which xfi? I use the titanium with full shielding and don't get any hum with a HD 5850.

Reply 23 of 26, by svfn

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I am also using SB0880 X-Fi Titanium on Win 10 1903, originally I was on 1809 using Daniel_K's drivers and after the forced update it still worked, after I saw M$ reinstalling pretty much all system drivers itself.

Am using 1060 6GB and don't have hum when gaming, my psu is s12ii.

Thinking of downsizing to mITX but then won't be able to plug in the X-fi, but honestly I don't much use the extra line-in features or soundfonts, it's mostly there for ALchemy and EAX, Morrowind being the main game because I don't like the DSOAL version. Most other games can use OpenAL Soft now so unless you don't want to use that.

But back to Audigy 2 ZS, I am surprised it even received an update in 2020 by Daniel_K! I thought about getting it before but decided on the X-fi since PCI slots are going out in newer motherboards.

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Reply 24 of 26, by Wanderer

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I think it is too early to give up on Audigy cards. They are cheap, functional and indeed supported by the widest range of OSes (Win 98 to 10 + DOS emulation) - not only the 2 ZS but the entire Audigy line. Driver and software issues in modern Windows are mostly solved in Daniel K's Support Packs.

I could even argue that Audigy might last longer than X-Fi due to a few unique features that are not available with newer cards or software. Apart from legacy OS support, notable advantages are onboard MIDI connectivity via gameport (still works great in Win 7, not sure about 10), discrete multichannel SPDIF I/O (handy if you don't want to use the card's analog converters), brighter sound with soundfonts or games that use 22-kHz samples (a benefit of poor-quality SRC), alternative ways of using the DSP with the kX drivers.

Reply 25 of 26, by RichB93

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swaaye wrote on 2020-10-17, 04:21:

That's not true. You can use soundfonts and Alchemy works with it. It also has CMSS3D to downmix multichannel sound to headphones nicely. Everything is there minus gameport because that's not supported after XP. I'm pretty sure its firewire port is still functional too.

Huh, TIL! I Incorrectly assumed that you wouldn't get such extravagance on newer operating systems and it would basically act as a generic audio output. I take back everything I said 😀

Reply 26 of 26, by Wolfus

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kolderman wrote on 2020-10-17, 09:23:
Wolfus wrote on 2020-10-17, 09:03:

I have both Audigy 2 Platinum EX and X-Fi Elite pro and I find Audigy less problematic. X-Fi is prone to interference from (I think) more energy demanding video cards. I've tried in 4 systems and only one of them (oldest i3 + HD7850) has correct audio output. Other ones (especially i5+RX570) have problem with hum in 3D games. Heroes 3 and non-gaming software is OK so I think problems are escalating when video card draws more power.

Which xfi? I use the titanium with full shielding and don't get any hum with a HD 5850.

I am sorry if I didn't write it clearly 😀
X-Fi Elite Pro
No hum with 7850
Hum with RX570, 470 and GT960