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Creative X-FI Xtreme Fidelity Accelerates PC Games by 17%???

By Julio Franco
Jul 11, 2005
  1. That could also be read as: "now soundcards and keyboards can accelerate your games' FPS", or "a soundcard that doesn't take away 17% of your PC resources while gaming"

    Smart marketing? I don't think so. Here's how part of Creative's press release read:


    Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment solutions for PC users and the creator of Sound Blaster, announced that early testing of the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor revealed that it delivers a 17 percent frame rate increase in this summer’s hottest PC games.

    “For the first time ever, we have an audio processor that is capable of delivering frame rate acceleration simultaneously with advanced 3D audio processing,” said George Thorn, director of developer relations for Creative. “Our early testing demonstrates that the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor can increase frame rates by 17 percent over host audio, and we are optimistic that percentage will increase even more once our hardware has been finalized.”

    Creative’s internal tests were performed using the PC games Battlefield 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004, on a Pentium IV 3.4GHz PC with an ABIT AA8XE motherboard, Nvidia 6600 GT 128MB graphics card, and 1GB of RAM. To perform the test, Creative switched between the ABIT motherboard’s HD audio solution, and a Sound Blaster sound card with the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor. Creative used Fraps to benchmark the results in Battlefield 2, and used the internal benchmarking tool of Unreal Tournament 2004.

    In order to perform a direct comparison in Unreal Tournament 2004, Creative limited the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor’s output to 30 voices, as that is the maximum number of simultaneous 3D audio sources that the motherboard HD audio solution is capable of playing. In that test, it outperformed the motherboard HD audio solution by a staggering 17 percent frame rate increase. That number is even more impressive given that the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor was simultaneously running EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD, CMSS-3D surround sound, and 24-bit Crystalizer effects, while the motherboard HD audio solution was only capable of running EAX 2.0. In additional testing, Creative removed the restriction of 30 simultaneous voices, and found that even when the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor was delivering 120 simultaneous voices, it still outperformed motherboard HD audio by a three percent frame rate increase in Unreal Tournament 2004.

    http://www.hardwarezone.com/news/view.php?id=1946&cid=2
     
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