Some Sound Questions

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Some Sound Questions

Post by Ormson » Thu, 1. Feb 07, 00:44

Hey all,
I've got some sound related questions.
1. How much influence does a sound card have on X3's performance?
I currently do not have one, and I debating investing in one. Card suggestions would be appreciated.
2. Does X3 support 5.1 sound?
3. How much does surround sound add to the play experience in X3 for you?

Thanks for your answers,
Ormson

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Post by gunman127 » Thu, 1. Feb 07, 01:14

1. A little bit, depending on how good your main CPU is in the first place.

2. I don't know, I hope CBJ knows...

3. I have used my X-FI with "Surround sound through headphones" and it rocks....!!!

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Any half serious gamer should buy an X-Fi if they need a new sound card.
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Post by Nanook » Thu, 1. Feb 07, 01:22

X3 most definitely supports 5.1 sound. That's my current setup. Hearing ships fly by, front to back, is a real experience, especially when you do a close flyby of some large capital ship. I have found myself craning my neck around to see who was behind me when I've heard gunfire coming from that direction. Of course, without a rearview monitor ...... :roll: :lol:
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Re: Some Sound Questions

Post by Klyith » Thu, 1. Feb 07, 01:46

Ormson wrote:1. How much influence does a sound card have on X3's performance?
Some, depending on a couple variables. X3 is very dependent on CPU. A sound device that does not do hardware sound acceleration (as in most motherboard integrated sound) will "offload" this work to the CPU. In bad cases this can take up to 5% of the CPU. So a crap sound card can have a noticeable effect on game performance.

However, X3 has very basic use of sound features. So it does not require a super sound card, or even anything much beyond a basic sound card. The EAX feature is (as far as I can tell) using only EAX 2, which many non-creative sound cards will do.
2. Does X3 support 5.1 sound?
Yes (in a basic directsound way).
3. How much does surround sound add to the play experience in X3 for you?
Less than a FPS game, more than a RPG? I dunno, it depends on how much you pay attention to the sound. You don't get the sneaking-up-behind-me sounds that make surround vital for FPS games. Nice doppler effects though.
I currently do not have one, and I debating investing in one. Card suggestions would be appreciated.
Creative cards are best for games in general, but they don't do a whole lot specifically for X3. As I said above, X3 has modest sound requirements. So you can probably get a cheap one, or even secondhand that is a few years old, and still get all the benefits.

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Post by Ormson » Thu, 1. Feb 07, 02:25

Thanks for the replies everyone.
I appreciate the advice.

Cheers,
Ormson

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