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    Default Best sound card for World of Warcaft under Linux?

    Hi,

    I have recently bought a new PC, one of whose uses will (eventually) be playing World of Warcraft. However, this PC only has on-board sound and so I am considering installing a dedicated sound card instead. Can anyone recommend a sound card, please? Something with lots of hardware channels and a decent ALSA driver would seem to be appropriate. (My current WoW PC has an Audigy2, which has 32 channels.)

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    i think a better question would be: whats the best sound card for linux systems in general? This is a question i myself wish to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L33F3R View Post
    i think a better question would be: whats the best sound card for linux systems in general? This is a question i myself wish to know.
    Of modern available consumer class cards it would probably have to be the 8788 or 8768 based cards such as Asus Xonars, B-Gears, etc. Not that under basically any card in linux running wine your sound will only be 2 channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L33F3R View Post
    i think a better question would be: whats the best sound card for linux systems in general? This is a question i myself wish to know.
    The best soundcard is always going to depend on what you plan doing with it. In my case, I am looking for a large number of channels and hardware acceleration, to give me a "step up" from Warcraft with an Audigy 2.

    ALSA's feature matrix for the X-Fi seems too sparse to be worth my money, particularly when it explicitly says that it doesn't support the "crystallization" feature yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisr View Post
    The best soundcard is always going to depend on what you plan doing with it. In my case, I am looking for a large number of channels and hardware acceleration, to give me a "step up" from Warcraft with an Audigy 2.

    ALSA's feature matrix for the X-Fi seems too sparse to be worth my money, particularly when it explicitly says that it doesn't support the "crystallization" feature yet.

    If your looking for hardware channels then your best off sticking with what you have now. Just as a FYI multi voice hardware mixing is not present in the linux x-fi drivers.

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    Default Which begs the question...

    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    If your looking for hardware channels then your best off sticking with what you have now. Just as a FYI multi voice hardware mixing is not present in the linux x-fi drivers.
    Warcraft considers 32 hardware channels to be "low", and supports 64 channels. So which are the cards that have 64 channels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisr View Post
    Warcraft considers 32 hardware channels to be "low", and supports 64 channels. So which are the cards that have 64 channels?
    Hardware wise your not going to find such a beast for linux. Even then your going to be bottlenecked by wine's audio capabilities which do not support sound effects, multichannel surround sound, 3d positioning, or doppler effects. openAL support in W0W would also be required. You are running into a software limitation of wine and alsa as your present card can do 64 hardware channels but only through Direct Sound or openAL.

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    Default X-Fi and hardware mixing

    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Just as a FYI multi voice hardware mixing is not present in the linux x-fi drivers.
    According to Takashi, X-Fis based upon the EMU20K1/2 chips do support hardware mixing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisr View Post
    According to Takashi, X-Fis based upon the EMU20K1/2 chips do support hardware mixing.
    The chip does, the alsa drivers however do not.

    http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...-Creative_Labs

    http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...trix:Tag-HWMIX

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    That's a hell of a lot better than my laptop sound chip.

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