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Dec 18, 2000
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Chapecó-SC
Hy guys.. I ´m lookuing for a cheap 6 channel soundcard. But

I DON´T WANT THE CMEDIA 8738 chip... I´ve heared somethings about it´s overclockability and quality that made me not to choose it
I need quality sound, overclockability, 6 channel and cheap (not dirty cheap, but audigy is much above what i plan spending...) Out Optical maybe interesting for future hometheatre use... (plan a projector for the pc.... already have a dvdrom...). CD/DVDROM digital input is reaaaaly welcome! I want a card who can stand up the competition for some time.... I´m proned to the SBLive oem couse of the price here..... :cool:

Some of what i plann:

-CREATIVE Live 5.1 PCI OEM
good price, quality an Oc well...

-Som Abit AU-10 5.1 w/ remote contol, box
cheaper than the sblive oem! Fortemedia FM801-AU Sound Chip
the remote controls all power dvd200 functions and powerpoint presentations...! Dolby Digital (AC-3), DTS
MP3 playback 5.1ch suport
XP drivers???:confused:
Overclockability? Bad rewiew at ZDNet... High cpu utilization.. But th remote control Rocks!!! Why doesn´t any other card offers it too ???!!!!

-PINE 6 canais Mod. PS-M01A
Cheap and the photo seams to show a different chip than the 8738.... 6 channel... Don´t know anything about it...? Overclockability?

-S M LIVE 5+1 - PCI / genius
Cheap, 6 channels, does not use the 8738 chip... XP??? Overclockability?

-Hercules CNR (6 Channels + SP/DIF + In) - OEM
Is this a 8738? Seems..... Ops... it´s a CNR... and costs more than the Genius... Genius all the way...
But it has: Out Optical, !


-Turtle Beach Santa Cruz OEM
Cirrus Logic SoundFusion® DSP ....420 MIPS audio digital (what´s this?) 10 band graphic EQ with digital display! A bit pricey here....
 

DipStickTony

Member
Joined
Oct 16, 2002
Location
Madison Heights, MI
Well my mobo has that chip onboard, and that is the chip that the hercules muse uses. Ive had it at 195 fsb with a 4 divisor and the computer booted up fine and didnt crash, of course this was simply an accident and I switched to /5 but it still did work.

I actually bought a santa cruz from newegg about a week ago and have yet to install it, dont really see a reason to since I really like my onboard sound.

Im using z-560s, and to be honest I think that this sounds better then my old 5.1 live! oem.

Dunno about the audigy but I think im gonna fire up the santa cruz and compare.

btw: not sure what chip these use, but Ive heard some really good things about the phillips brand soundcards so maybe you should look into them too.
 

funnyperson1

Senior Member
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Jun 16, 2001
i heard that the santa cruz are good without the crappy drivers problems that Creative has
 

skahtul

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Joined
Oct 3, 2002
Location
SLC
I have an ("older") creative Xgamer 5.1. I really like it. My FSB has not been over 170, but I have no divisor so i think that is pretty good. Also I have never had any driver problems with any os. IF you want mainstream, get creative.