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SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+ in the test: the eternal best still ahead?

SB Audigy Player vs. TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+ in the test: the eternal best still ahead?

Games

To check whether this difference in performance is also noticeable in everyday (gaming) life r, we consulted other benchmarks with actually used engines. They had to support EAX, so the first choice was Unreal Tournament version 4.36.

Unreal Tournament Timedemo

With hardware 3D sound, the performance drops with both cards in Unreal Tournament. While EAX with the Audigy 'only' costs about 10% performance, the 6-channel sound slows down the system with the TerraTec by twice, i.e. by more than 20%. So UT confirms with EAX what the Audio Winbench already indicated with DirectSound. Due to the surprisingly high losses, we also decided to benchmark with Counter-strike 1.3, based on Half-life Engine Version 1.0.0.8, although the somewhat older HL-Engine uses the EAX effects less, and therefore hardlyDifferences were to be expected.

CS Timedemo

Since we tested the Soundblaster Audigy first, we thought we could save ourselves the SiXPack, as there was practically no difference in performance. As you can see, we did well not to follow our first thought. Completely surprising was a noticeable loss of frames with the TerraTec card in CS as well. So it was finally clear that at least in terms of computing power, the Audigy chip was way ahead of the competition from Nettetal. But - as you know, faster doesn't always mean better.

On the next page: Audio quality