Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express On Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fiercetiger224, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. fiercetiger224 macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone bought one of these cards and tested it on a Mac Pro yet? I'm about to run to Fry's to grab one of these cards...Since I wanna use it in Windows. For Mac OS X, I'm not so sure about? It'll probably detect the card, but have no drivers I'm assuming? :confused:

    Too bad the Mac Pro doesn't have any PCI slots...I'd be using my X-Fi from my PC rig if it had it! :(

    Anyone wanna shed some light on this subject before I plump $69 on it? Thanks! :)
     
  2. DJJONES macrumors 6502

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    lmaoooo those cards are junk to me personally. m audio cards are much better. if your not doing any audio work i guess having one those overhyped creative cards is fine or for playing games but if you plan on doing some audio stuff get one the m audio cards or external audio card. just gicing some advice i remeber when i bought the 100 dollar xfi card or what ever it was thinking i got the best sound card around only to buy a 200 m audio delta 1010 for 200 saying wow this thing blows the creative out the water then to only upgrade to a motu traverler and saying wow i wasted all that money on all those other bullstuff cards lol just a little insight
     
  3. fiercetiger224 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I agree with you on M-Audio. Right now I just need a quick solution, since the onboard Realtek audio sucks. I did break down and went ahead and bought the card, and it sounds a hell of a lot better than the crap onboard audio. Later I'll purchase a much better audio setup solution when I really need it. This is just to last me a little while, and then I can just throw this card in another old workstation.
     
  4. minicoop503 macrumors regular

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    I have an xfi xtremergamer, but I only use it for windows, so I can't tell you.


    However, take note that the xtremeaudio doesn't have a real x-fi chip on it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_Blaster_X-Fi



    Edit:

    Oops, didn't see your post :)
     
  5. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Creative hasnt made drivers for Mac since OS 9. The only creative card that has ever worked was an overpriced mac Soundblaster Live 5.1 pci card

    The USB X-Fi thing does work though, since it doesnt use drivers on any OS. I dont know how good it is though.
     
  6. minicoop503 macrumors regular

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    They haven't made x-fi drivers for linux yet either. At least ones that work...
     
  7. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Yes, this card will work on a mac pro IN windows. Someone in another sound thread confirmed this.
     
  8. fiercetiger224 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha yeah, I actually did read about that before buying it. It's okay though. It's still a hell of a lot better than the Realtek soundchip. Hopefully soon they'll release a Fatal1ty version of the card on PCI-Express. :D I'll just sell this card off and purchase that instead.
     
  9. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Can it work in the Mac Pro "in windows" via parallels or VMWare fusion?

    I suspect that the emulated windows can't have their own drivers for hardware (all handled through the OSX drivers) but it never hurts to ask.
     

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