Originally Posted by prosser13
X-Fi has something like 30x as many transistors, and according to 3 mates who have it and loads of reviews and magazines music sounds way way better.
Don't worry about onboard sound - you really won't find any lagging or anything like that.
Transistor count doesn't really matter. Neither does the processor sou nd quality wise. The DAC is what really matters for sound quality, and they havnt changed it from Audigy 2 (except for the high end one)
I may only have a 100th of the transistors of the X-FI, but I know I have one of the worlds best sounding audio configuartions here
BTW: Did you know that Creative's highest end card IS NOT the X-FI. It's actually their EMU line