- Brand Name: Creative
- Model Number: 70SB088000004
- Audio Output Mode: 7.1 channel surround
- Maximum Sample Rate: 192
Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card
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- Watch your DVDs in cinematic surround sound with PowerDVD software featuring DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding
- PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium has fantastic inputs and low-latency ASIO drivers for great music recording
- Hear 3D positional audio so precise, you can locate enemies by sound.
- Hear crackling gunfire and earth-shattering explosions, EAX 5.0 delivers sound effects that pull you into the game.
- Boost performance in your favorite games with hardware audio acceleration that will blow your motherboard audio away
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With a powerful audio processing engine, you'll have a boost of up to 15 percent in real-game performance. View larger.
The PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium employs a powerful audio-processing engine. Unlike other motherboard audio solutions that task the computer processor, the X-Fi Titanium performs the heavy lifting and leaves your processor free to work on other tasks. This boosts real-game performance by up to 15 percent, while still delivering all audio effects with outstanding 24-bit sound quality.
Realistic Gaming Effects with EAX 5.0 Technology
With support for EAX ADVANCED HD technology, the X-Fi Titanium delivers rich environmental effects for a more 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 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 detail with X-Fi Crystalizer technology. This technology restores the audio detail that is lost in compressed audio files so you'll regain vibrancy and clarity in your 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 music as it was meant to be heard.
High-Quality Voice Chat
With high-quality inputs and hardware audio processing, the X-Fi Titanium 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 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 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 offers advanced features for outstanding 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
PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound card, Quick Start leaflet, and installation CD.
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|SNR for Playback||108 dB||104 dB||109 dB||109 dB||122 dB|
|Speaker/Headphone Support||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo, with dedicated 115dB 24-bit/96kHz HD headphone output|
|Music and Movies:|
|24-bit Sound Quality|
|DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via free PowerDVD Download|
|Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect (Win Vista Only) Encoder|
|THX TruStudio Pro|
|EAX Support||EAX 4.0||EAX 4.0||EAX 5.0||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 was wrong. I cannot believe how incredible everything sounds. Music quality is perhaps the same or slightly better than with the Xonar, but gaming is just incredibly immersive.
The only two things I don't like very much of the product is 1. the "Modes" are just exactly that. "Entertainment mode" truly makes music sound incredible, but deactivates some gaming features, and "Gaming mode" reactivates all those, but music doesn't sound as well. Switching back and forth isn't my idea of fun. 2. It's Creative. I'm probably one of the most anti-Creative people around since I can't agree with most of their business decisions, but sadly, they have way to many sound patents that won't allow the competition to rise. Although I still hate them, it's just that sadly it's the best product around.
Overall I'm very impressed with the card.
I contacted Creative tech support, and they were very helpful. I used some of their suggestions and added some of my own ideas. Here's how I got the sound card to work properly:
1.) I removed the sound card from my PC.
2.) I went to Device Manager and uninstalled the sound card.
3.) I went to Programs and uninstalled ALL software from Creative.
4.) I went to my PC vendor's website and downloaded the latest BIOS, drivers and firmware.
5.) I ran Norton Utilities 15 to scan and fix any errors on my C drive and registry. (It removed about 1500 temp files from my repeated attempts to reinstall the sound card drivers.)
6.) I installed the sound card into a different PCIe slot on my motherboard. (Even though Creative tech support, expressly, stated that I should not install the sound card in the PCIe slot right next to the video card, I ended up doing that because it was the only other slot available.)
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So, in terms of what I was looking for, this card has excelled in both areas. After installing it on Win XP SP 2 (where I did not run into any of the driver issues described by others in their reviews...perhaps Win 7 capability was the main issue there), I booted up Far Cry 2. Let me tell you I was VERY impressed with this new card. The EAX 5.0 clearly made a huge difference. Playing this game with the X-Fi Titanium made it a whole new experience. I then checked out Call of Duty 4. Great surround sound as well. This card honestly blew my expectations out of the water for how much better Far Cry 2 could sound.
The optical out feature has also been great. To refute another reviewer's post, the optical out DOES output in 5.1 surround sound. You simply need to switch on the "Dolby Digital Live" feature within Creative's provided software console.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took the load off my processor when recording and processing audio off the internet.Published 6 months ago by robert rathert
Received it today. No damage while in route to my home. Installed the PCI E x1 Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium card . Went to creative. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this card because the sound cards at the time of writing this either don't have full linux support or cost hundreds. I am running this on Linux Mint 17. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sammy
Was a definite upgrade from my onboard audio. Coupled with a new set of decent speakers and my computer sounded great. Not too costly and hasn't left me wanting more. Read morePublished 11 months ago by occasionallyenjoyable