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Creative SB1040 Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI-E Sound Card

4.5 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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  • Interface Type - PCI-E
  • Sound Output Mode - 7.1
  • Recording: 24-bit/96kHz
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Product Description

Product Description

Why settle for basic, built-in sound? Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Add the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card to your PC and turn your downloaded music into your own personal concert. Plus watch DVDs or downloaded videos with full cinematic surround sound.

From the Manufacturer

The Creative SB1040 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card features cutting-edge technology to give you outstanding sound when you listen to music, watch movies, or play games. Why settle for basic, built-in sound when you can turn your downloaded music into a personal concert, experience movies as though you were in a cinema, and play games with 3-D audio effects? The SB1040 X-Fi sound card delivers the audio experience you deserve.

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PCI Express Sound Blaster
X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card

At a Glance:
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D creates nine virtual speakers when using stereo headphones
  • X-Fi Crystalizer restores lost detail in compressed music and audio
  • THX-certified surround sound for a fantastic cinematic experience
  • Realistic gaming effects with EAX ADVANCED HD
  • Restores surround sound to games in Windows Vista
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound CardPositional 3-D Audio
Whether you're using headphones or speakers, Creative's X-Fi CMSS-3D technology delivers outstanding surround sound. When used with a pair of headphones, the technology 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.

When used 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
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound CardX-Fi-Crystalizer technology restores the audio detail that is lost in compressed audio files so you'll regain vibrancy and clarity in your music and movies. The technology restores the highs and lows that are often lost due to compression, so whether you're listening to cymbal crashes or wailing guitars, you'll hear the music as it was meant to be heard.

Realistic Sound Effects for Gaming
With support for EAX ADVANCED HD technology, the SB1040 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers rich environmental effects in your games, giving you a more immersive experience. You'll hear bullets whizzing by your head, and experience explosions that seem to shake the whole room.

And if you're using Windows Vista, Creative ALchemy technology restores surround sound to DirectSound3D games for an exceptional gaming experience.

Intense Cinematic Sound for Movies
The SB1040 X-Fi Xtreme Audio 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.

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
Creative SB1040 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card, Quick Start leaflet, and installation CD.


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General Info:
Connection TypePCIPCI ExpressPCI ExpressPCI ExpressPCI Express
SNR for Playback108 dB104 dB109 dB109 dB122 dB
Speaker/Headphone SupportStereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo to 7.1Stereo, with dedicated 115dB 24-bit/96kHz HD headphone output
Music and Movies:
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Games:
EAX SupportEAX 4.0EAX 4.0EAX 5.0EAX 5.0EAX 5.0
X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Surroundcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark
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Hardware OpenAL and DirectSound3D Supportcheck markcheck markcheck mark
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Music Creation:
Dedicated Creation Mode with ASIO 2.0 and 3D Midi Supportcheck markcheck markcheck mark


Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.2 x 7.8 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 14.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000W7PNZI
Item model number 70SB104000000
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #60 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal Sound Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com September 20, 2007

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Nice sound, optical in and out, cheap, BUT, as I later found out AFTER purchase, as I saw no disclaimer nor information indicating otherwise on any vendor sites nor the Creative Labs site, this is NOT a true X-FI chipset card, a cheap knock off branded as an X-FI.

It is my opinion this borders on deceptive marketing practices as an X-FI is an X-FI, and this is NOT an X-FI chipset card..

NOT AN X-FI CHIPSET CARD, BUYER BEWARE OF CREATIVE LABS

Creative Labs admitted to me this card is not an X-FI chipset card, and that it so-called "emulates" X-FI via software.

Yeah right, and if that is the case, a Ford Escort can "emulate" a LTD Crown Vic also...

SHAME ON YOU CREATIVE LABS.

My last purchae was an Audigy 2ZS Platinum Pro which was not cheap, and I fully expected more only to be VERY disappointed that I got a cheap knockoff of an X-FI card that was misrepresented.

Does anyone else feel as if they have been misrepresented by this card not having an X-FI chipset on it while being marketed/represented as an X-FI product line offering?
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I ordered this sound card for its digital output toslink and claimed compatibility with windows vista. However, this card did not live up to my expectations at all. I had wanted to hook up the sound card to play through my audio receiver and 7.1 speaker setup in the living room. What they fail to tell you, except in the fine print, is that the digital SPDIF outputs only output Dolby 5.1 sound when you are playing DVDs. Otherwise, if you are playing MP3's or other music files, it only outputs in stereo (and poor quality stereo at that). I then tried to go analog and connect the various output jacks to my receiver's inputs. The sound quality was awful.
So I sent the card back.

This is in stark contrast to the old Soundblaster Extigy which I purchased years ago. It was able to output surround sould (including CMSS) through the digital connection to my receiver and sounded great. The problem is that I had to upgrade to Vista and Creative abandoned the Extigy, deeming it "End of Life". I have since been unable to find a sound card which can provide its feature set for Vista.

Needless to say, I did not purchase another Soundblaster. I went with an alternative sound card with Dolby Digital Live output. It is still not as good as the Extigy because it doesn't provide CMSS, but it'll do for now.
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I purchased the PCI-e version of this card about a month ago when the built-in audio circuitry on my motherboard quit working. Sure wish I had done this sooner! Even though I had high-end sound on a top-of-the-line motherboard, the Soundblaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Card was better - by several orders of magnitude. It was easy to install and configure. It did take some time, after loading its software, to download updates from the Internet. But, that will happen with any card. Frankly, I was happy it did it automatically as I hate hunting for drivers. Anyway, it has some nice config software although you may find, as I did, that it works just fine out of the box. I run a relatively inexpensive set of computer speakers with combined subwoofer -- nothing fancy -- and the sound is amazing. Much better than before. I now use this PC as a Windows Media Center PC, watching and recording TV, movies, pictures -- you name it -- in the Family Room. This card really rounds out the experience. I paid around $50 for the card on Amazon. I consider it a great value. There's a reason why Creative Labs is still cranking out these boards even though motherboard manufacturers build audio in: the sound is BETTER! Upgrade from your motherboard card and hear the difference!
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When this product was first introduced under Windows XP it was able to record internet streams. When the drivers were updated to Windows Vista and Windows 7 the "What You Hear" option was NO LONGER INCLUDED. Therefore you will be paying full price for a card that only does half the job. This card is so limited in function software wise that you would do just about as well with the integrated audio on your PC or another card. I found this out after paying to have this installed in my new Dell PC. Had I known this beforehand, I would not have bought the product. Please don't support SoundBastards by buying a product that only does half the job. Teach them a lesson in the pocketbook.
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I purchased this sound card primarily to record sound on my new HP desktop loaded with 64 bit Windows 7 professional. I was disappointed to find that the "what u hear" recording option that was available on my former windows XP system was not available with this card and OS combination. I even tried connecting the speaker output jack and the line-in jack on the card, but that resulted in nasty feedback and echo making it impossible to even record that way. Not sure if it is and OS or hardware issue, but it has me very frustrated at the moment.
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Long ago, I would settle for small pci sound, even though for my better rigs I would buy soundblaster, such as the AWE64. That's a long time ago). They delivered richer sound. I then stuck with soundblaster, throughout their pci series, and through Live! and Audigy 2, and X-Fi, the best they made. I came across their new X-Fi Xtreme Audio (that's the one requiring any Pci-E or "pci express" slot, remember, a PCI slot is NOT the same as the Pci-E slots). It was not much more in price, but when hooked up with big speakers, such as refurbished Altec Lansing white satellites + sub, it really gave a sound! It was like Wow! The sound is great. If you are reading this review my friend, you get a tip-off: Buy a set of true Altec Lansing ACS 500 speakers from a place you trust. They will be used, but make ANY computer sound great. The satellites are a foot and a half high and 8 inches by 6 inches. They have Dolby Pro Logic, surround-both at the push of a button-and a GREAT subwoofer. Try them out with your present sound, and come back and buy the SoundBlaster Xtreme Audio Pci-E soundcard. I will confess I am not much more than a 2.1 sound man, this card supports all the way to 7.1 (and surround) THX certified 24 bit 96kHz audio. Go ahead and give it a try! I have been a computer designer for years, and would not steer you badly. Cost of project: Speakers ($70) Soundcard ($35). One other thing, for most computers and OS software now, you will have no microphone on sound cards made by this company previous to X-Fi. (Live!, Audigy, Audigy 2.)
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