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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Sound Card (70SB073A00000)

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  • Device Type - Sound card
  • Interface Type - PCI
  • Localization - English
  • Sound Output Mode - 7.1
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model: 70SB073A00000
  • Hardware Platform: PC

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 8 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000J1F1BI
  • Item model number: 70SB073A00000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004
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Product Description

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Features

Turbo charge your gaming experience with Xtreme Fidelity audio!
The Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer sound card delivers faster audio performance and intense, realistic sound in all your games. Headphone surround sound is better too--so good, you'll swear you're listening to multichannel speakers--and your games will sound richer as you hear all of the crisp, clear highs and bone-crushing lows you've been missing. It's Sound Blaster...on steroids!

Xtreme Fidelity Gaming

Get the speed you need when every second counts
Win big with a powerful, completely new audio processing engine that boosts real game performance by up to 15% over motherboard audio and still gives you the fullest audio effects possible!

X-Fi CMSS-3D Hear your enemies before they find you
X-Fi CMSS®-3D Headphone creates nine virtual speakers over stereo headphones for positional audio that's so accurate you can actually locate enemies by sound. Multichannel speakers are even better with audio cues that let you hear exactly where they are--even between speakers.
EAX ADVANCED HD Immerse yourself in a new dimension of sound
Bullets whiz past your head. Explosions shake the room. Take reality to the next level with EAX® ADVANCED HD™ sound effects in games.
xtreme-fidelity Get lost in the details
Revitalize your compressed game sounds with X-Fi Crystalizer™ and hear crisp, sharp gunshots and deep, booming explosions for the most intense gaming experience ever.

Xtreme Fidelity Entertainment

Make your MP3 music sound better than your CDs Restore the details and vibrance to your music and movies
X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores the detail and vibrance to your compressed music and movies. All the highs and lows are intelligently enhanced so you'll hear everything in crystal clarity.
Stunning surround sound from your stereo speakers X-Fi CMSS-3D technology expands your stereo MP3s and digital movies into surround sound over multichannel speakers, stereo speakers or even headphones. Voices are centered in front of you and ambient sounds are moved all around you.

Enjoy truly cinematic movie sound
The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card delivers THX® certified surround sound and includes Cyberlink's PowerDVD software with DTS™ and Dolby Digital®-EX decoding via free download for an unbeatable DVD movie watching experience. (Internet connection is required)

PowerDVD logo DTS logo Dolby Digital EX logo

Xtreme Fidelity Audio Creation

Get the most advanced features and effects for music and audio creation available in a consumer solution.

  • Near transparent conversion to and from any resolution
  • Digital-matched recording capabilities in resolutions from 44.1kHz to 96kHz
  • ASIO support with as low as one millisecond latency
  • Up to eight different hardware effects
  • 24-bit SoundFont® sampling, and 3D MIDI

Product Description

The Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card delivers faster audio performance and intense, realistic sound in all your games. Headphone surround sound is better too - so good, you'll swear you're listening to multichannel speakers - and your games will sound richer as you hear all of the crisp, clear highs and bone-crushing lows you've been missing. It's Sound Blaster on steroids.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The new software really brings out sounds and makes GREAT use of the subwoofer for video games as well as for listening to music.
R. Witt
Works fine under Windows 7 (64-bit), just make sure to download the drivers directly from Creative's website, follow/read the instructions, and you're good to go.
R. Bahena
Final answer: T-40 - buy these if you really like music and sound and are willing to make the adjustments to your sound card to make them be all they can be.
Ghogjake

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Argyris on July 31, 2007
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As an avid music fan (and Amazon reviewer), it seemed inevitable that I should at some point seek out a semi-professional quality sound card for my desktop computer. And when it comes to sound cards, Creative leads the way with its X-Fi line of dedicated consumer audio cards. So the only question, then, was "Which one?"

After some consideration, I decided upon the XtremeGamer variant of the X-Fi card. This product contains all the essential parts that comprise the X-Fi experience, yet without all the padded extras that add to the cost of the more expensive cards in the line. My original inclination was toward the now discontinued XtremeMusic card, but since it is indeed out of production it was hard to find. The entry-level XtremeAudio was never a consideration because, contrary to its inclusion in the X-Fi lineup, the XA doesn't actually utilize the X-Fi chip.

This is one powerful piece of electronics. I read somewhere (Tom's Hardware, I believe) that the X-Fi audio processor was more powerful than most desktop CPUs at the time of its release (2005), and it scores an astounding 10,000+ MIPs. Some might see this as overkill, but then, in this age of power-hungry games and high definition digital audio, the more juice the better. And this thing delivers just that. After all, how many times do you see an audio chip with its own heat sink?!

Installation was easy enough. I had to do a little fishing to find the cable that leads to my front panel audio, but the convenience of being able to keep the front jacks working was worth it. Keep in mind that only the newer Intel HD front panels will work (not the older AC '97).
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By kovboi on March 8, 2007
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There is some misinformation posted here. First, "buyers beware" is incorrect. The card he is referring to is the XtremeAudio. This card - the XtremeGamer - is the genuine article "budget" x-fi card. That means it has all the x-fi guts without additional bells & whistles found on other more expensive versions.

Second, the motherboard issues reported by many users refer to the older versions of the x-fi. This is a new revision that has corrected the static and popping. I am using this card on an nf4 motherboard (DFI Ultra-D) with no problems at all.

I'd wager that neither of those reviews were written by people who actually own the card. This is an excellent sound card that provides a noticeable upgrade over onboard sound, even with just a 2.1 speaker system. The latest XP drivers appear to be very stable. I bought this card because it is compatible with Intel HD front audio ports that come standard on many cases (so you can plug your headphones in the front of your case).

I also bought it because I'm a gamer. The improvement in sound and 3D effects is startling at times when EAX is enabled. Switching to "entertainment" mode also brings superior quality music and DVD audio. The installation CD also installs a link in the start menu for a free download of Cyberlink PowerDVD, which is a nice bonus.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Schweitzer on September 11, 2007
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After reading the other reviews, I was nervous about installation / driver issues. After I installed my card, however, I went to Creative's website and chose to download only the driver (and not any of the applications). The install went smoothly, and it didn't install any junk programs on my computer.

But as for the sound card itself, the improvement in sound quality was well worth the money. The x-fi processor does really seem to make a difference. I use only a 2.0 speaker system (two JBL bookshelf speakers with a Sony receiver), and the new sound quality is about as good as you can get without getting extra speakers or a subwoofer. Music now sounds "clearer." It also includes an optical output (you need a TOSLINK cable or adapter--it is not the "square-looking" optical connection, it is a narrow plug that looks like a headphone jack).
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Husband, Dad, and Nerd on May 25, 2007
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The first card I received didn't work. Apparently there is a rash of cards from Creative that give the following error when you try to install the drivers, "Setup is unable to detect a supported product on your system etc. Setup will exit now." There is no recourse for this bug except to RMA the card. Gratefully Amazon is amazing at doing this, and they had a new card to me in 3 days, and they even paid the return shipping on the defective card.

The second card worked flawlessly, and the sound is truly remarkable. I've been doing pro audio for churches and youth groups for 13 years, and this card even impressed me a bit.

That said, there was a feature I was looking forward to, which isn't supported with this card. Sadly it is only this card in the whole X-fi lineup which doesn't support this feature. The feature I speak of, is Hardware Dolby Digital/DTS decoding. This feature allows you to set your software DVD player to SPDIF output, and have the X-fi take the signal internally (instead of outputting it on the Optical out), and decode it to your speakers directly. The only recourse for playing DVDs with 5.1 (or better) sound is to get a software DVD player that can decode the signals in Software. Not ideal, and a real let down.

The way Creative gets around this in their marketing of the card is to include a free download of PowerDVD that has Dobly Digital/DTS software decoding. However, I was never able to get mine to download, and Creative tech support (in India I might add) was unable to resolve the problem. So I end up having to go buy a copy of PowerDVD to watch my movies in surround.
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