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Q: X-Ram? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: X-Ram?
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: leonchik-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 01 Sep 2006 03:04 PDT
Expires: 01 Oct 2006 03:04 PDT
Question ID: 761327
The only difference i've found between Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi
Platinum and X-Fi Fatal1ty is X-RAM on Fatal1ty card... what is it? do
i need it? what influence it has on games and music?
Subject: Re: X-Ram?
Answered By: denco-ga on 01 Sep 2006 19:22 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Howdy leonchik-ga,

The Creative website gives us the theory behind "Xtreme Fidelity RAM," also
known as "X-RAM."

- A game that detects X-RAM can decompress its data at load time into it so
that it does not have to spend precious processor cycles decompressing data
during runtime.
- A game that detects X-RAM can use higher quality audio assets that it might
not be able to use otherwise.
- An application that detects X-RAM can load sounds into it instead of
streaming them from the hard drive.
The benefits of X-RAM will be seen in future titles

Please note the use of "game/application that detects X-RAM" above, because
that is important to the buying decision.

This review, dated February 7, 2006, talks to the support by
games for X-RAM.

"Does X-RAM provide real advantage in games? It does, but it can be said for
sure only about new games that were created in cooperation with Creative
programmers. There are only a few such games so far, but they are all hits:
DOOM3 1.3, DOOM3:ROE, Quake4, BattleField 2, BattleField 2:SF."

This report on the "The Tech Report" website titled "Creative's Sound Blaster
X-Fi Fatal1ty audio card - Much ado about X-RAM" by Geoff Gasior and dated
March 17, 2006 does an analysis of Quake 4 and Battlefield 2 on this card.

From my reading of the above review, and the lack of industry-wide support
for X-RAM, there does not appear to be any substantial reason to buy the X-Fi
Fatal1ty over the X-Fi Platinum, despite X-RAM being a good concept overall.

If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask.

Search strategy:

Google search on: "Xtreme Fidelity RAM"

Google Search on: "X-RAM" support OR supports

Looking Forward, denco-ga - Google Answers Researcher
leonchik-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: X-Ram?
From: denco-ga on 02 Sep 2006 00:43 PDT
Thanks for the 5 star rating, leonchik-ga.

Looking Forward, denco-ga - Google Answers Researcher

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