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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pChosen by professional gamers, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card delivers the ultimate PC gaming audio experience. Youll hear realistic EAX 5 sound effects and 3D positional audio so accurate you can locate opponents by mere sound, even over normal headphones. Plus, get unbeatable performance in your games with hardware accelerated audio and X-RAM./p
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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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|
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Since this was a new build, I wanted something that would take advantage of my new mobo features [5.1 & HD sound] so I chose the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional...I have no regrets. The music [jazz, symphony, rock] coming from my Logitech speakers sound wonderful. Since I'm not a gamer, I had no idea about the young man's picture or how this card works for gamers [although it should be the same]...but as a retired sound engineer [for a PBS station back East] the music I listen to is crystal clear as with the sounds I've created for the web sites I've designed. The only problem, if you want to call it that, was making sure the Cooler Master ATCS 840 HD case front HD sound lead/wire was solidly connected to the card...the front head phones work like a charm [and I don't have to manually turn the speaks off!].
I'm running Windows XP [Vista had too many problems & 7 is too new for all bugs to be worked out] on a Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 with an AMD Pheonom II x4 955 [OCed], so I can't address any problems previous reviewers have mentioned with other OS...but if you update your BIOS, Windows, then install the drivers for this card [and disable the on-board sound] you should not have any problems with your new Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional sound card.
I purchased this Sound Card because my previous 1st Gen PCI X-FI was causing my 64bit Windows 7 system to randomly BSOD. Caused data corruption and was just really acting up. After that I ripped the card out and went with on-board audio. My system was more stable than it ever had been, of course I always ran with the old X-Fi card.
The latest Gen. PCI-e X-Fi is a good refresh of the original. The drivers are the same though, and I have experienced some weird BSODs since installing it. I'm a gamer though and dealing with on-board sound is not something I can stand. The sound from the X-Fi is stellar with Games, Movies, and Music. The stability concern is why this card gets three stars from me.
If you buy this card and intend on using it with 64bit Windows 7 I highly recommend running with just the Plug and Play fix, 64bit driver, and Creative Audio Control Panel. Do not install anything else. After I removed the other software my system became far more stable, no more pops or random hissing with music.
If your a gamer it is hard to live without good sound in your games and the X-Fi delivers. It is just too bad Creative has lousy drivers.
Creative - fix the damn drivers already!
Let me also take a moment to talk about Creative's drivers because I hear a lot of people griping and complaining about them on here. I can assure you that 99% of the problems are USER error. Yes, I said user error. I am running Windows 7 64bit. The card and drivers have worked, and are working flawlessly since the first boot. If you are using onboard sound, BEFORE you install your new card, go to creatives website and download the newest driver for your card. Next, uninstall all drivers associated with your old onboard sound. Next, restart your computer, go into the bios by hitting DEL at startup, and disable onboard sound. Save settings and exit, boot up computer, and then shut it down properly. Now install your card, bootup, and install the newest drivers for YOUR version of windows. Violla, you now have a working sound card that kicks @ss and you don't have to come on here giving it one star because you don't know what the %*%* you are doing. This is a great card, and while I think that Creative could update their drivers more often, they certainly work, and work well. You just have to follow directions....crazy thought, I know.