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Creative Labs SB0790 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card


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  • Interface Type - External
  • Localization - English
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  • Sound Output Mode - Multi channel
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model: 70SB079000000

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000IZC0GO
  • Item model number: 70SB079000000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004
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Product Description

Product Description

Revitalize your downloaded music and moviesRestore the details and vibrance your music and movies lost during compression. X-Fi technology intelligently enhances the highs and lows so youll hear it all-crisp cymbal crashes, wailing guitar solos, screeching tires and booming explosions. Surround sound from your stereo music and movies. Expand your stereo music and movies into surround sound. Voices are centered in front of you. Ambient sound appears all around you... just like a live performance. Listen on a pair of desktop speakers or a full 5.1 speaker system. Headphone surround that sounds like a room full of speakers. Headphone surround that sounds like a room full of speakers. Headphone surround that sounds like a room full of speakers.

From the Manufacturer

The Creative SB0790 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card features cutting-edge technology to give you outstanding sound when you listen to music, watch movies, or play games. Why settle for basic, built-in sound when you can turn your downloaded music into a personal concert, experience movies as though you were in a cinema, and play games with 3-D audio effects? The SB0790 X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card delivers the audio experience you deserve.

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PCI Sound Blaster
X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card

At a Glance:
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D creates nine virtual speakers when using stereo headphones
  • X-Fi Crystalizer restores lost detail in compressed music and audio
  • THX-certified surround sound for a fantastic cinematic experience
  • Realistic gaming effects with EAX ADVANCED HD
  • Restores surround sound to games in Windows Vista
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card
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Positional 3-D Audio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound CardWhether you're using headphones or speakers, Creative's X-Fi CMSS-3D technology delivers outstanding surround sound. When used with a pair of headphones, the technology creates ninevirtual speakers for exceptional surround effects, letting you feel like you're sitting in the best seat of a movie theater. You'll get an advantage in games, too, with the ability to locate enemies by sound before they see you.

When used with multichannel speakers, you'll be able to hear exactly where the audio cues are--even between speakers. Voices will be right in front of you and ambient sound will surround you, just like a live performance. CMSS-3D works with both desktop stereo speakers and full surround speaker systems.

X-Fi Crystalizer Restores Lost Details
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound CardX-Fi-Crystalizer technology restores the audio detail that is lost in compressed audio files so you'll regain vibrancy and clarity in your music and movies. The technology restores the highs and lows that are often lost due to compression, so whether you're listening to cymbal crashes or wailing guitars, you'll hear the music as it was meant to be heard.

Realistic Sound Effects for Gaming
With support for EAX ADVANCED HD technology, the SB0790 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers rich environmental effects in your games, giving you a more immersive experience. You'll hear bullets whizzing by your head, and experience explosions that seem to shake the whole room.

And if you're using Windows Vista, Creative ALchemy technology restores surround sound to DirectSound3D games for an exceptional gaming experience.

Intense Cinematic Sound for Movies
The SB0790 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers THX-certified surround sound for a cinematic experience right at your computer. Cyberlink PowerDVD software is included (via free download) and supports DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding for an unmatched DVD movie-watching experience.

System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP; Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent; available PCI slot; 256MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Vista); 600MB of free hard-disk space; CD or DVD-ROM for software installation; headphones or amplified speakers; Internet connection to download PowerDVD player software.

What's in the Box
Creative SB0790 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card, Quick Start leaflet, and installation CD.


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General Info:
Connection TypePCIPCI ExpressPCI ExpressPCI ExpressPCI Express
SNR for Playback108 dB104 dB109 dB109 dB122 dB
Speaker/Headphone SupportStereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo, with dedicated 115dB 24-bit/96kHz HD headphone output
Music and Movies:
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X-Fi CMSS-3Dcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark
DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via free PowerDVD Downloadcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark
Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect (Win Vista Only) Encodercheck markcheck markcheck mark
Swappable Op-Ampscheck mark
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Games:
EAX SupportEAX 4.0EAX 4.0EAX 5.0EAX 5.0EAX 5.0
X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Surroundcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark
Hardware Accelerated for Better Performancecheck markcheck markcheck mark
Hardware OpenAL and DirectSound3D Supportcheck markcheck markcheck mark
64MB X-RAMcheck mark
Music Creation:
Dedicated Creation Mode with ASIO 2.0 and 3D Midi Supportcheck markcheck markcheck mark

Customer Reviews

The simple hardware modification is easy enough for the mechanically inclined, and it works great.
Amazon Jams
They are marketing this sound card as a high-end brand (X-Fi) when it is really a crippled version of the previous product line (SE model Audigy).
Christopher M. Hill
This card works in Vista if you download the Vista driver from Creative's website; however, none of the Creative applications work at all.
Michael G. Lustig

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Hill on April 9, 2007
Despite being sold as an X-Fi card, this particular model does not use the X-Fi chipset. In fact it uses a variation of the Audigy 2 SE chipset. This is further confirmed by the fact that this card uses different drivers than the rest of the X-Fi line, and is not recognized as an X-Fi card in games. The main problem with this is you cannot uses any of the X-Fi features in games like you would expect. Try using this card in Battlefield 2142 and you will see what I mean.

Creative Labs should be ashamed of themselves for this blatant act of marketing fraud. When someone buys a Ferrari, they are expecting to get a Ferrari, not a Honda with a Ferrari emblem on the front. But that is exactly what Creative Labs has done here. They are marketing this sound card as a high-end brand (X-Fi) when it is really a crippled version of the previous product line (SE model Audigy). They must have a glut of unsold chips and they thought they could pull a fast one on consumers with this cheap card.

I for one will be very cautious before I consider purchasing Creative Labs products in the future. Buyer beware!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MassiveAttack on June 22, 2009
While Creative pulled a underhanded move with the naming of this card (X-Fi is a misnomer), this is a great card IF you know what you are getting.
There are two reasons to hate this card: Crappy drivers and gaming performance. As for the drivers, Creative is notoriously slack. However, I am running this card on Windows 7 with zero issues (use Creative's Win7 driver at their site, not the included disc). As for gaming performance, buy a different card! The internet has made smarter shoppers of us all. READ about what you order, and you won't be disappointed.

All of that said, this card is great for music. The reason a non-gamer would want a dedicated card is to take advantage of superior DAC chips and analog stages. In that regard, you're gonna be hard-pressed to find a better deal than the Xtreme Audio. The sound quality for music (my primary concern) is stellar as compared to all but the highest end motherboard solutions. If that's what you're after in a sound card, this is the one for you.

Oh, and I were you, I'd install just the driver. It includes the audio console and all of the necessary switches for X-Fi enhancements, speaker settings, etc. The other 500MB of stuff is mostly silly and redundant. That's just my opinion , though.

It's true that the X-Fi "enhancements" are processed using your cpu, and not via hardware chip. This would have sucked many years ago, but these days even $500 computers have 3.0ghz dual core processors. Personally, I don't make any use of the "enhancements" as I'm one of those jerk audiophile purists who likes an unmolested signal. It excels here, offering a dead-silent SNR (106, I believe, and it sounds like that claim isn't too far off the mark).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gravityrules on September 21, 2007
As noted in a previous review, this card doesn't exactly belong in the X-Fi series (it is NOT the same as the Xtreme Music sound card). The odd thing is that I bought one of these off the same Amazon page from a non-Amazon seller and it is an X-Fi Xtreme Music card. Since I was looking for a sound card specifically with music creation capability in mind, the Amazon card is being returned. Thumbs down for Creative's marketing of this product. Moral: make sure you read the fine print!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jacknaz on May 17, 2007
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I got this my old sound card could not work on Vista, but although this is on the Vista list of compatible hardware you might as well use your motherboard sound than buy this card thinking it works on Vista.

Sure, you get a driver for Vista on the Creative site, but the software doesn't work! I am going back to xp and my turtle beach card and great software and donate my x-fi to the goodwill. Creative admits that the card is not Vista compatible ("if it doesn't say so on the box, it is not compatible"). All you get is sound, no mixer or console, and it will not work with recording software such as Total Recorder on Vista. And with their loopy update it won't install on xp.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chong Yip on August 10, 2007
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Just bought this card as an upgrade. The sound quality is significantly better than what my motherboard offers. The software comes with the card doesn't really works with Vista, at least for my case, Vista Ultimate 64bit. I have to go online and download about 100MB of updates to get the driver, player and the audio console to work.

I'm very disappointed that the console launcher, which is the equalizer and sound effect control, is not working. I can't believe this $50 plus sound card doesn't have a WORKING EQ.

UPDATE: I just did a little research on Creative's website, and I notice they are SELLING X-Fi driver/apps CD for Vista. Unfortunately the CD does not work with Extreme Audio, and it's out of stock. I have the idea what I should do now...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Robinson on February 19, 2008
Marketing this as an X-FI card is dishonest. The card itself, and the included software, work very well in windows XP and is all I need for my uses but marketing an audigy chip under the x-fi name has made me very dissapointed with creative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Meisenholder on February 6, 2011
I am sick of the Xtreme Audio line of audio cards getting pummeled with asinine reviews that state this is not a real X-Fi. Getting a pat on the back for stating the obvious is getting nauseating. This card is a very good sound card that costs very little and when utilized with some savvy can be downright awesome.(More on that later) A few seconds of research would clarify that as far as X-Fi goes this card has no hardware chip that accelerates 3D audio and your CPU will be the driving force for up to EAX 4.0 support which is great anyway for a low price. With modern CPUs the real X-Fi chip is not even necessary anymore and games that support EAX 5.0 are rare. Rant over and on with the review. But wait aren't the DACs inferior to the real X-Fi cards that we pay more for? You pay less to get less. What a concept. Shame on Creative Labs.

Rather than go into all the various uses of the Xtreme Audio and my experience with all of them I will simply describe what I am currently having the most fun with and what I think others should embrace for such a low cost of experimentation. I am using 3 great low cost devices for what I think is great sound; the highs are crisp and the bass is tight and powerful with no audible distortion. The X-Fi Xtreme Audio, FiiO E5 headphone amp, and the Sennheiser HD 202 headphones together only cost about $100. With the help of the E5 and the wonderfully sensitive Sennheisers (115db) music is downright awesome. I've disabled CMSS and the 24 bit Crystalizer for both music and movie use. For games I enable CMSS 3D for an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Dragon Age Origins is really like living in a movie the way the reverb is so realistic that it sounds like you are there chatting with your party members.
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