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[easyazon-image-link asin=”B0018EFGTM” alt=”Creative Labs SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Sound Card” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BVcdjSMAL.jpg” align=”left” width=”250″ ]As a result I broke down and bought the [easyazon-link asin=”B0018EFGTM”]Creative Labs SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro[/easyazon-link] because of the following reasons:
A) On Amazon.com the Fatal1ty version which is normally $149.99 was the same price as the X-fi Titanium was at my local Best Buy combined with no shipping cost this made it a steal!
B) The 109 dB, 64MB XRAM and various hardware accelerations means that it would consume existing system resources to push my gaming sound like motherboard audio would.
I am still a little miffed that Creative discontinued support for a sound card that worked perfectly well forcing users to buy a new sound card when they upgraded operating systems, but I am glad I bought among the best sound card money can buy and it was about 1/2 as much as the Platinum Pro when I bought that one.
Hopefully it should arrive any day now and I can swap it in and do some comparisons to my motherboard sound card.