First post, by mothergoose729
I am putting together some parts for a retro XP build - targeting 2003ish-2007 games. I am looking into sound blaster support, and according to this list I want to get a card with EAX 5.0 support to have the best audio for the most games.
Later cards also improved the sampling on certain sources in addition to new features, so it seems like I want one of these cards
The most affordable cards on ebay are the Xtreme music, and OEM versions of the X-Fi like the SB0770. These have 2mb of dedicated memory instead of 64mb of memory, but otherwise they support all of the same features, is that correct? I am going to be using a faster single core CPU (Celeron G407, which is based on sandy bridge), so I don't think I'll be missing the 3 fps accelerated audio gives, but would I also be losing out on other features?
I am going to be using a simple 2 channel setup with some Roland monitors, nothing too fancy, and what I want more than anything is just good compatibility with XP and XP era EAX games. Should I pay more for something like an X-Fi Titanium or a Auzen Prelude, or are these cheaper cards like the SB0770 X-Fi and Xtreme music PCI cards just as good for games?