Diamond XtremeSound - 5.1/16 bit Sound Card ReviewFormer staff writer -
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The Diamond XtremeSound 5.1 would have been a good card a year ago. With today's chipsets and the quality of on-board sound there is no reason to run this card, except to save a few CPU cycles. Their highlight was music playback, but other than that, the card just did not stand up to the HD on-board audio. There is still hope, with the inexpensive price tag on the XtremeSound 5.1 there are plenty of motherboards out there that are running older on-board sound options (AC97, ALC650, etc) that could benefit off loading sound duties to the XtremeSound 5.1. With Dolby EX and DTS formats for surround sound DVD playback and EAX 2.0, multimedia and gaming will show improved performance.
- Will shave a few CPU cycles off
- Will benefit older on-board sound solutions
- Not better than todays on-board sound