X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

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X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

Postposted on Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:56 am

I just finished a new build based on the Asus Rampage IV Gene board, which has SupremeFX onboard audio. There are three different driver configurations I can use:

1) the HD Audio driver built into Windows
2) Realtek audio driver
3) Realtek audio driver + Xfi MB2 software

I can't hear any difference between the three drivers on my Swan M10 speakers. Does X-Fi MB2 do anything other than provide an optional equalizer and fake surround? Can it somehow lower CPU usage in games and other applications that use audio?
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Re: X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

Postposted on Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:58 am

If you just use a single set of stereo speakers and you do not need a fake surround - use the generic drivers that Windows installed. There are no performance advantages of using Creative's software with this motherboard.
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Re: X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

Postposted on Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:08 am

In my experience, the only time all that extra software helped was on a notebook with crappy audio.

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Re: X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

Postposted on Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:03 am

I install the latest Realtek drivers, downloaded directly from Realtek not whatever outdated version the motherboard manufacturer has on their site, because it's a useful control panel that's better than the Windows control panel and does add a few feature options. I can't comment on the software-based XFi implementation from Asus but unless it has specific features you know you'll use I wouldn't bother with it.
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Re: X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

Postposted on Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:45 am

Sometimes I actually prefer the default Windows drivers.
They have auto normalize for volume, which has saved my ears a bunch of times when watching youtube.
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Re: X-Fi MB2: worth installing?

Postposted on Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:44 pm

I uninstalled the X-Fi software and went with the latest realtek drivers. Thanks for all of the input guys.
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