|Creative Labs SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Sound Card
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Few recognize that, with the PC's improved graphics performance, sound cards only barely matched audio performance demands. Here's a sound upgrade card that greatly improves your sonic experience. Chosen by professional gamers, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatality Professional Series sound card delivers the ultimate PC gaming audio experience. You'll hear realistic EAX 5 sound effects and 3D positional audio that's so accurate you can locate opponents by sound - even over headphones. Plus, get unbeatable performance in your games with hardware accelerated audio and X-RAM. Cinematic surround sound from DVD movies - Watch your DVDs in cinematic surround sound with PowerDVD software featuring DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at 96kHz sample rate 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at 96kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources at 192kHz to stereo output 16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates - 8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz ASIO 2.0 support at 16bit/44.1kHz, 16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/44.1kHz 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/96kHz with direct monitoring Enhanced SoundFont support at up to 24-bit resolution 64MB of X-RAM Analog output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted) - 109dB Connectivity - Line in / Microphone in (shared 1/8 mini jack); Speaker out (4x 1/8 mini jacks); Optical out (TOSLINK); Optical in (TOSLINK); Intel HD Audio Compatible Front Panel Header (2x5pin) Requires available PCI-Express slot in desktop PC Speaker Support up to 7.1 speakers
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 sound effects and 3D positional audio that's so accurate you can locate opponents by sound - even over headphones. Plus, get unbeatable performance in your games with hardware accelerated audio and X-RAM.
Realistic EAX? 5.0 sound effects in games
Hear crackling 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.
Sound Blaster X-Fi is Fatal1ty's Choice for Audio! "When I'm competing I need top-notch performance and the most realistic sound to help me know where my opponents are and Sound Blaster X-Fi really delivers for me...there is nothing faster or better."
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel is the best-known professional gamer in the world with 38 1st place wins in nine years of tournament play.
Hardware accelerated performance
Get unbeatable performance in your favorite games with hardware accelerated audio that blows integrated motherboard audio away.
Clearer voice chat
Plug in your headset or microphone and hear the difference. With high quality inputs and hardware audio processing, your teammates will hear you loud and clear.
Boost performance even further in games like Quake 4, Battlefield 2, Prey, Unreal Tournament 3 and other popular titles that take advantage of X-Ram technology.
Dolby Digital Live encoding
Connects directly to your home theater system through a single digital cable for crisp 5.1 surround sound.
Record your own music
PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium has fantastic inputs and low-latency ASIO drivers for great music recording.
Championship Gaming Series? (CGS) is the only worldwide professional video gaming league. Only the best gear is rigorously tested and approved by CGS for the highest level of professional gaming competition.
Cinematic surround sound from DVD movies Watch your DVDs in cinematic surround sound with PowerDVD software featuring DTS? and Dolby Digital?-EX decoding.
- Microsoft? Windows Vista? (Service Pack 1) or Windows? XP (x64, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition)
- Intel? Pentium? 4, AMD? Athlon? or equivalent 1.6 GHz processor
- 256MB RAM (512MB for Windows Vista)
- 600MB of free hard disk space
- Available PCI Express? slot (x1, x4 or x16)
- CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
- Internet connection to download PowerDVD software
What's in the Box
PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound Card, Quick Start leaflet, Installation CD.
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Connectivity Chart
- Accurate 3D positional audio
- Dolby Digital Live encoding - Connects directly to your home theater system through a single digital cable for compelling 5.1-surround sound.
- Hardware accelerated performance - Get unbeatable performance in your favorite games with hardware-accelerated audio that blows motherboard audio away
- 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. With high quality inputs and hardware audio processing, your teammates will hear you loud and clear
I'm a creative fan since years .. I started with 8-Bit Sound Blaster in 1991, then SB16, SBLive, SBAudigy, Audigy2 and Audigy4 ..
After Audigy4, I didn't buy the original x-fi because i had only one PCI slot and i didn't wanna block myself out. I was sure that a PCI-e version was coming soon ..
There is this crown .. it's amazing performer .. many people reported drivers issues but for me it worked like a charm on Vista Ultimate 32bit..
Amazingly, I had clear framrate improvement in Gears of War! I guess that's because the CPU now has more room to do serious tasks instead of doing sound processing. ...more info
- Phenominal sound....blows my Audigy 2 zs away!
I just got this card for a birthday present to myself. I have some Logitech Z-5500's for my speakers and have been using an Audigy 2zs card for a couple of years now. I had read that these new X-FI cards were quite a bit better and I also wanted the new EAX 5 and optical connections so I decided to go for this new one.
Well, I expected a decent bump in clarity and overall sound but I have to say I am blown away at the difference this new card makes! I honestly feel that this new X-fi is 5-10 times better than the Audigy 2 zs. EVERYTHING sounds SO much better....from games to DVD's and especially music. I always thought that music played through that Audigy 2zs was quite bland and now that I have tunes pumping out of these Z5500's it's now abundently clear. I have been missing so much and not even coming cloes to utilizing these fantastic speakers.
I did have a little trouble getting the drivers properly loaded up because it kept telling me I have a newer version of the drivers already. So the installer would quit. it was seeing my Audigy 2 drivers even though I had deleted everything. I ended up grabbing a set of beta Vista drivers for this X-Fi and that installer saw the older drivers and gave me an option to delete them and also write over any sound drivers left behind. So I got the drivers on, loaded up the control center, and then put on Alchemy. I didn't even use the cd that came in the box but note, they put a lot of stuff on it that you may want to use.
I hooked up my Z-5500's with an optical cable, made the proper adjustments in Vista and the control center, and things sound fantastic. With control center you can switch between a gaming, entertainment, and audio creation mode. They also have a crystalizer program in there that when activated makes everything sound so crisp you wont' believe your ears.
So if you are contemplating getting one of these go ahead and do so. If you already own an Audigy 2zs MAKE SURE to do so, you won't be disappointed. Please note that if you are running standard, run of the mill speakers you probably aren't going to hear that much of a difference. But if you have a nice set of speakers you will.
I have this plugged into my 780i SLI board. I am using the third "sli" slot on the bottom and it works perfectly. The slot just switches to a lower power mode if a different device is used. So dont' fret if you don't have access to one of those tiny pcie slots...any of them should work fine. (Any pci-e slot that is...)...more info
- Vista 64bit Ultimate...no problem
Installed the card, booted, card was identified as generic HD audio device by Vista.
The card worked just fine at this point....with of course minimum adjustment capability.
I then downloaded the Creative Labs drivers for 64 bit Vista, installed them over-the-top of the default Vista drivers. Re-booted...been working perfectly ever since.
It took longer to install the card in the case than it did to install the software....more info
- Rock Solid Sound
Great upgrade from my integrated sound card. I primarily watch movies on my PC, and this sound card really brings out the audio experience....more info
- Top quality
I use this for mixing sound for videos of musical stage productions. Excellent, professional quality. I imagine it's great for game players, too. But I don't do computer games....more info
- Incredible Sound Quality
I upgraded from a Creative Sound Audigy 2 ZS Gamer, and while I wasn't expecting a huge leap in anything other than sound quality, I received much more.
To start, the sound quality is superb! I never thought I'd notice such a difference. A good set of games to test out is Unreal Tournament 3, Battlefield 2, and Empires: Total War. Even without games, you can tell a huge difference in the quality. Music sounds a lot more clean and clear, using the correct software settings. Movies sound a lot more realistic too. One cool thing is that Creative now supports Dolby Digital Live, which was much needed.
What may shock some is that this sound card really and truly increased my frames per second in games! I wasn't expecting a huge frame boost, but I got a whopping 10 frames in most new games. Plus, most of the new games I play are actually playing a lot more smooth (or less jumpy) with the new sound card. Not only that, my games just sound so much better.
The software that comes with the card is good out of the box, however, doing the auto update may result in something such as "Can't find layout.bin" when installing. The fix is to NOT let the update run. Creative can't pack their software correctly apparently so just right click the .exe file and extract to a folder. Then just open the folder and install. Do this for ALL of their software, especially in Windows Vista.
I highly recommend this card for any gamer. Heck, even a music/movie fanatic can't go wrong with it!...more info
- Vista support still lacking
This is the third product from Creative I have installed on a Vista 64 machine with the same results: 1) No microphone boosting option. This means in most cases applications will not be able to pick up your voice because the levels are just too low. 2) Driver installation troubles. In the words of Creative support, which I had to contact: "Your X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series is being recognized as "Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM)" in the device manager. This indicates that the X-Fi sound card is being detected as a generic soundcard from Microsoft Windows where a proper installation should list the sound card as "Creative X-Fi".
I have performed clean installations of this card. Some have to install the drivers multiple times before all of the files are properly installed/registered. Since there are so many different sound card models, finding community help is not easy. Often you will find misinformation based upon some other model. It's hard to find clear answers. As of yet, I have never come across an acknowledgment of this mic level issue other than vague comments from creative and lots of "me too" from other customers.
So that's it really. It is a nice card in many ways, but the packaging and information on the Creative website is misleading as all of the features do not work as advertised in Vista. This is the 3rd Creative card I have tried under Vista 64 with similar results.
I do like the metal shielding around the card. ...more info