Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 for Rampage 5 Extreme?

undertheradar

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http://www.creative.com/oem/products/software/x-fimb3.asp

I like the built-in audio that the Asus R5E has, but since I had a X-Fi Ti card in my last build (I would use it again, but it doesn't seem to work well with Windows 10), I do miss a few key features:

-upmixing of non-5.1/stereo content so my 5.1 system plays those sources out of all speakers.

-an EQ! What, no equalizer even in the R5E? What a crock. Am I overlooking something?

-some other sound features like expanding the soundstage, effects, etc.

So I was ordering a Sound Blaster Z for $89, but for $30, is this all I need to bring back all those features by just using my existing on-board audio? Any feedback on this MB3 software package is appreciated. Thanks!
 

Ocellaris

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I have a board that natively supports MB3 and I don't use it for free. It caused my system to lockup a few times, once just when opening the MB3 control panel.
 

Ruoh

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You know, you're using CPU cycles to do all those nifty effects.
 

undertheradar

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Okay, thats what I thought. So the card itself is pretty much useless if I am just running optical to an external decoder anyways (In my case, a Logitech 5.1 system). If I want to do things like converting stereo sources into dts, or to add certain sound effects like echo, I am still using the CPU. That's what my extra 2 cores are for in my 5930K CPU, lol.
 
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