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Stay Away if you are using dual video cards using SLI
on April 8, 2012
Stupid me bought this card without visiting the forums and doing more thorough research. Needed to solve a problem and now I've gone and created another one for myself.
The entire range of X-FI cards suffer from terrible, terrible noise if you are running SLI video cards. The noise gets really annoying whenever the hard drive is working or when you do thinks like mouse over link text on a webpage.
It is an issue that Creative acknowledge on their support forums but have not listed any fixed that work for most of the people who have this issue. The forum listing is this: [...]
If you know what Creative is like, the fact that this is even posted on their forums means it is a pretty widespread issue.
From my non technical perspective it seems as if the cards are very temperamental to activity on the PCI bus - i notice that the Asus Xonar cards require external power and maybe the creative cards are trying to draw too much power from the bus or something.
This is an issue that effects all X-FI cards so if I was running dual video cards in SLI I would recommend the Asus Xonar series.
Note: I have both the Asus Xonar DX2 and the Titanium X-FI. I bought the Titanium because I moved to Windows 8 Preview and Asus do not have drivers that work under Windows 8 at this time. I have since found out that there are 3rd party drivers available for Xonar cards and Windows 8. It turns out you need 3rd Party drivers to get the X-FI cards to run under Windows 8 as well.