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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative
  • Model: SB0886
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Audio Output Mode: TOSLINK, Line-Out
  • Minimum system requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 7.9 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0018EFGTM
  • Item model number: SB0886
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

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Step up to the choice of professional gamers with the Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card, and get the ultimate PC gaming audio experience. With support for the latest technologies, the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series delivers realistic environmental effects and 3-D positional audio so accurate, you'll be able to locate opponents by sound for a gaming advantage that might mean the difference between a win and a loss. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty is Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel's choice for audio.

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PCI Express Sound Blaster
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
At a Glance:
  • Powerful audio processing for better game performance
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D creates nine virtual speakers when using stereo headphones
  • X-Fi Crystalizer restores lost detail in compressed music and audio
  • Realistic gaming effects with EAX 5.0
  • 64MB of X-RAM for better performance in supported games
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Powerful Audio Processing Boosts Game Performance
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.

System Requirements
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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General Info:
Connection TypePCIPCI ExpressPCI ExpressPCI Express
SNR for Playback108 dB104 dB109 dB109 dB
Speaker/Headphone SupportStereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1
Music and Movies:
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Games:
EAX SupportEAX 4.0EAX 4.0EAX 5.0EAX 5.0
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Music Creation:
Dedicated Creation Mode with ASIO 2.0 and 3D Midi Supportcheck markcheck mark

Product Description

Creative Labs Fatal1ty Professional Series PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Chosen by professional gamers, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card delivers the ultimate PC gaming audio experience. You'll hear realistic EAX 5.0 sound effects and 3D postional audio that's so accurate you can locate opponents bysound - even over normal stereo headphones. Plus,get unbeatable performance in your games with hardware accelerated audio and X-RAM. Features: * Realistic EAX 5.0 sound effects in games: Hearcrackling gunfire and earth-shattering explosions, EAX 5.0 delivers sound effects that pull you into the game. * Accurate 3D positional audio with X-Fi CMSS-3D Locate enemies by sound alone - you'll get amazing surround sound, even with normal stereo headphones. * Hardware accelerated performance: Get unbeatable performance in your favorite games with hardware accelerated audio that blows motherboard audio away. * 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. With hig quality inputs and hardware audio processing, your teammates will hear you loud and clear. *Connectivity: Designed for high speed PCI Expressslots in modern PCs. * Dolby Digital Live: Plus, with Dolby Digital Live encoding, connect to your home theater system through a single digital cable for compelling 5.1 surround sound (optical cable available separately). * Cinematic surround sound from DVD movies Watch your DVDs in cinematic surround sound with PowerDVD software featuring DTS and Dolby Digital -EX decoding (free download with purchase). * Xtreme Fidelity audio playback:Make all of your music sound better with Xtreme Fidelity audio technology that restores the detail and clarity to compressed music files

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

After contacting creative support, they know about the problem but don't care.
ray
It doesn't come with a case screw, so if you have a tool-less case, you will want to get one to avoid the card popping in and out when plugging things into the card.
JEFFZZZ
The sound quality difference between my onboard realtek and the creative card was really minor.
Allen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wavey Davey on December 27, 2009
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I've had a Sound Blaster "Fatal1ty" Pro sound card installed in my custom-built Core i7 920 series CPU-equipped PC since April, 2009, so at this point have been 'around the block' with the product, and feel well qualified to comment about what makes it tick, where there are issues, if any, and give an overall view of how it functions.

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!
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Tim on August 1, 2010
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DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM CREATIVE EVER AGAIN THEY HAVE TURNED INTO A SCAM COMPANY!

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.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Zimmerman on February 11, 2010
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Sound card started crackling the day I got it due to the Nforce motherboard.
This should be explicitly warned by the company. This is happening to everybody, and not just with the Nforce mobo.
Spending money on another motherboard should be unnecessary.
No fix has been implemented. The official thread even lies regarding the nHancer "solution".
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By G. Loera on September 28, 2008
This is an awesome product. Simple to install. Lots of features. Nice looking. Amazing sound (specially the surround sound created for headphones). Runs all my games with crystal-clear clarity, excellent effects and positional audio without a glitch.

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:

1. Driver.
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.

***UPDATE***

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.
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