- Minimum RAM: 256 MB
Creative Labs SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Sound Card
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- Accurate 3D positional audio
- Dolby Digital Live encoding
- Hardware accelerated performance
- X-RAM - Boost performance even further in games like Quake 4, Battlefield 2, Prey, Unreal Tournament 3 and others that take advantage of X-RAM
- Clearer voice chat - Plug in your headset or microphone and hear the difference.
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The PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card employs a powerful audio processing engine. Unlike other motherboard audio solutions that task the computer processor, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty performs the heavy lifting and leaves your processor free to work on other tasks. This results in unbeatable game performance while still delivering all audio effects with outstanding 24-bit sound quality.
64MB of X-RAM for Enhanced Gaming Performance
Featuring 64MB of X-RAM, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty provides a performance boost to games such as Quake 4, Battlefield 2, Unreal Tournament 3, and more. You can play with all the best audio settings enabled without having to worry about sacrificing performance.
Realistic Gaming Effects with EAX 5.0 Technology
With support for EAX ADVANCED HD technology, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty delivers rich environmental effects for a complete immersive gaming experience. You'll hear bullets whizzing by your head, feel earth-shattering explosions, and experience other sound effects that bring you closer to the game.
Positional 3-D Audio
With X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty delivers outstanding surround sound whether you're using headphones or speakers. When used with a regular pair of stereo headphones, X-Fi CMSS-3D creates nine virtual 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.
And 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
Recover lost audio detail with X-Fi Crystalizer technology. This smart technology restores the audio detail that is lost in compressed audio files so you'll regain vibrancy and clarity in your games, music, and movies. Highs and lows that were lost are enhanced, so whether you're listening to cymbal crashes or wailing guitars, you'll hear the sound as it was meant to be heard.
High-Quality Voice Chat
With high-quality inputs and hardware audio processing, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty ensures great vocal quality in your voice chats, so your teammates will hear you loud and clear. Plug in your headset or microphone, and you'll hear the difference instantly.
Intense Cinematic Sound for Movies
The X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty 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.
The X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty also supports Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect encoding (Windows Vista only), so you can connect directly to your home theater system through a single digital cable for fantastic 5.1 surround sound.
Advanced Features for Audio and Music Creation
For those in the audio- and music-creation business, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty offers advanced features and high-quality inputs for outstanding recording results. A dedicated mode supports near transparent conversion between any resolutions, digital-matched recording, low-latency ASIO support, and more.
Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP; Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent; available PCI Express (x1, x4, x8, or x16) 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
SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card, Quick Start leaflet, and installation CD.
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|Connection Type||PCI||PCI Express||PCI Express||PCI Express|
|SNR for Playback||108 dB||104 dB||109 dB||109 dB|
|Speaker/Headphone Support||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1|
|Music and Movies:|
|24-bit Sound Quality|
|Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect (Win Vista Only) Encoder|
|DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via free PowerDVD Download|
|EAX Support||EAX 4.0||EAX 4.0||EAX 5.0||EAX 5.0|
|X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Surround|
|Hardware Accelerated for Better Performance|
|Hardware OpenAL and DirectSound3D Support|
|Dedicated Creation Mode with ASIO 2.0 and 3D Midi Support|
Top Customer Reviews
I am running the card in PCI-Express Slot No. "0" in an EVGA E760 Classified motherboard, the Single-Lane slot (1X) which is right next to Slot No. 1 where my first EVGA GTX 285 1GB SC video card is located. I am running two 285's in SLI Mode, along with a D-Link "Extreme N" PCI-Express network card, plus an Areca 1680IX-8 PCI Express SAS to eSATA/SATA/SAS RAID Controller, so each and every slot is filled, (or negated by the twin-lane video cards) the entire bay packed full of the finest equipment $$ can buy. Cooling and keeping the integrity of the various cards is "assignment No.1" when you are running this much equipment in a PC, and placement of the various cards is strategic, and specific to each one's needs, it goes without saying.
The Sound Blaster card is a piece of work! I have a set of Logitech Z-5300 (predecessor to the Z-5500 setup, today's top line speaker system) speakers, that would be five (5) 28W RMS Satellite speakers, and a 240W RMS sub-woofer driven by discrete amps, with peak power approaching 600W at full song, a most impressive sounding speaker system. The Fatal1ty card drives the speaker system in 5.1 mode (Dolby 5.1 it is more commonly known as), and the sound is full, clear, clean, and can be deafening at any setting past "5" on the Logitech controller. I never have it past 3-4 normally, as that is PLENTY of volume!Read more ›
The card itself looks great with a nice EMI shield on it, and though it is black colored, it really stands out from most of the others in the sound blaster line. The X-Fi logo lights up on the card too so you can see it if your side panel has a window.
The sound quality is extremely good although I am no audiophile, I am a gamer and channel separation is handled very well. Driver installation is a little wonky but its mainly because of the lisenced dolby digital encoding software (oh btw it does dobly digital encoding now!) and the usual Vista weirdness. Overall though, it works and once its up and running, the results are great. Results with headphones is very good and games seem more pronounced with their positional audio effects.
You may have to adjust the settings in the creative control panel to make the rear port act as a mic if you prefer to plug directly into the card though. Default puts the mic input in the front panel connector.
I have several decent reviews on amazon, and have been a customer for many years. Unlike these Creative Employees who rant and rave about how good it is so that your SUCKERED into buying it. However, after over 3 months of owning this POS "sound card" it has given me nothing but headaches and problems.
Hear me out, I have owned sound blaster cards in the past (when there wasn't any other sound cards anyways) but this POS "fatality" X-Fi is a bunch of BS force fed crap. Its nothing but a bunch of hocus pocus BS and false technological wording to MAKE IT SOUND AMAZING. Oh its amazing alright, I was amazed at what a POS this thing really is.
This card sounded no different than my on board sound card and only SLIGHTLY BETTER when using 5.1 Surround sound, but unfortunately CREATIVE DISABLES LOTS OF FEATURES ON WINDOWS VISTA ON PURPOSE! It disables Dolby Digital Reason along with many other features. why? who knows? Not only that, their tech support is horrible, They told me if i had a problem with the card buy a new one. What? No RMA? Returns? Warranty? Nothing??!!
Then he accused me of being a complete idiot who doesnt know how to install a sound card. I have been building computers from the ground up for years, I have a BA in Computer science and (sadly) im A+ certified and he just sat their and said, "not my problem" and then he hung up on me, and when I called back they BLOCKED my number(edit: by blocked I mean i get the permanent busy signal). WOW GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!! I think I would know a thing or two about computers and software. The WORST experience ever.
Thats not even the worst part.Read more ›
This is not my first Sound Blaster, so I already know that the included drivers CD is outdated and loaded with bloatware. So, for those having problems with the card I suggest that you leave the included CD unopened and instead head to Creative's web site to grab the latest x-fi driver for your card, the latest control panel and the latest alchemy version. Install them in the following order:
2. Control Panel.
3. ALchemy (Vista only).
Forget anything else included in the CD unless you really need it or want to try it.
I did that and I didn't have to activate anything. The activation is only needed if you plan to use the included software and I think it is because of some Dolby and DTS codecs but I'm not sure. With just those 3 things right now my X-Fi is running perfectly fine under Windows Vista 64-bit edition. I haven't found any incompatibility yet.
So far so good. I just wanted to include a few extra tips for those having problems.
I have a motherboard with Intel chipset (MSI X48 Platinum) and I haven't had any problem, but I've heard that people with nForce motherboards are having sound problems so I would like to suggest the following actions:
1. Download the latest BIOS file for your motherboard (if available) and update it. (See your manufacturer's web site for more information on this and be careful. You could brick your motherboard if it's not done properly.)
2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has good sound quality when it works. Poor driver support and every now and then you get terrible noise and popping that requires you to disable and and reenable the card.Published 3 months ago by Soapy5
Having used many sound cards in the past on various computer builds. I always tend to lean toward the Sound Blaster series cards from Creative Labs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill G
I use this with my sony sound system and polk audio speaker set. the audio is fantastic and the features are awesome.Published on January 8, 2014 by Spartan F8
I never will figure out if it's Creative's driver team, or the hardware itself. But when I pass a certain amount of memory usage, the card will generate static in my audio until I... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by A. Zawodniak
I've had this product for a while. I'm a firm believer that you should post a review after owning a product for a little bit. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Vincent P Lastella