and felt like the ASUS driver support is still far behind Creative.
You're kidding right?
I never had an ASUS soundcard, but I'm finding it hard to imagine how can there be worse
driver support than Creative's
I'm like two week late, sorry for bringing back the thread if it had die, but I was reading stuff about the X-Fi Forte and came across this thread. I just need to add my comment on this. First off I owned the X-Fi XtremeGamer, the Xonar DX, the X-Fi Titanium Pro Fat4lity and finally the X-Fi Forte in that order, in the last year or so and I can assure everyone that ASUS support is far worse than Creative. They release like a driver every six month when you’re lucky and their EAX emulation doesn’t work as intended.It gave me way too much problem and since I needed a PCI-E card, going back to my old PCI X-FI wasn’t an option. So I went with the X-Fi Titanium which turned out to be somewhat ok, it had better driver than previous generation, but my microphone didn’t work under Vista. The sound was too low and Creative crappy support did not believed me when I told them that the issue was the non-existence of the boost function (for info, I tried 3 different headset and my iPod as a source, all with same problem). I had bought 2 cards at the time one for me and another one for a friend, we both have the same system and both did the same on each computer under Vista. Under XP it was fine though. I got tire of fighting with Creative so I went with Auzen with the X-Fi Forte. No issue so far. I’m never buying a Creative or ASUS product (in audio market) again. Since its release the Auzen got like 3-4 driver release, which is quite good. The audio quality is splendid and the gaming experience is what you would expect from an X-Fi.
So for me the Xonar has a great sound quality, but his poor support and game compatibility make it a non starter if you’re a gamer. For audiophile though it’s a great card. For Creative well it’s Creative. It might work well, it might not, you never know. I never had any single problem with my older Creative product, but with my Titanium experience and their crappy support, they sure lost my support.
Ho well, that was my 2 cents.