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Creative Soundblaster X Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard

by Creative Labs
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround up-mixes audio and video to 5.1 or 7.1 surround
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone delivers incredible surround sound for movies and music over stereo headphones
  • X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer restores details and vibrance to compressed audio files
  • Creative ALchemy (free download) restores EAX and surround sound
  • Ideal for both standard and small form factor PCs
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Technical Details
BrandCreative Labs
Item Weight445 g
Product Dimensions1 x 1 x 1 cm
Item model number70SB073A02007
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Best Sellers Rank 75,701 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight522 g
Date First Available25 April 2007


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, works as it should on Windows 7 x64 29 July 2012
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It works very well, no problems at all. And the games seem to have higher FPS with this card (probably due to the dedicated sound processor).
And the sound.. Well, put it this way, I had the Asus Xonar DG, and it was nowhere near as good as this.

Really happy with the purchase. (I bought the Creative refurbished one).

Oh, and don't listen to those claiming that there are problems with drivers in Windows 7 - there are not. At least I don't have any.
Just download the latest drivers from Creative, and everything will work great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This card was reviewed by "Custom PC" and they rated it as the best value buy over a few years. Good enough for me, so I bought the card, (my motherboard has a Realtek sound encoder on board which I have switched off by software...good but the Xfi is better). Had to download the software from the internet as the set up cd for Vista was missing from the package sent. Downloaded this and the latest driver. Replaced my Creative 4.1 speakers with Logitec z5500 5.1's and got the optical input cable also. Listen to music and play games.All sounds great! Can't tell much difference between optical and 6ch analogue input up to now, but both sound good, I like the system!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not world endingly amazing 29 Dec 2009
I bough one of these after a few online m8s had raved about them, and I wasnt overly impressed with my onboard sound.

Now i've used it for a variety of games, and i can say it is defiantly better than my old onboard sound. Older games do sound nicer with it, but there not up to some modern standards. I hoped it would all make all games sound amazing, and instead it has made all games sound great, with those few gems still sparkling.

If you got a decent pc, ect and looking to spend another 100 then id recommend it, if your looking at this or a new graphics card or something, id go with the other thing first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good 31 Aug 2009
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The sound is pretty awesome.

Music, gaming, DVDs and Blu-rays are all so much better with the addition of this sound card.

In response to the previous reviewer's remarks, you'd only experience crackling in two situations 1) playing games more than 3 years old (b) EMI interference affecting pc case audio cabling.

The former can be resolved by switching out of gaming mode and using entertainment mode (one of the three sound modes is bound to work with an old game). The latter is resolved by not connecting the front audio cables at installation and then your headphones will be defualted to the back port of the card, which is protected against EMI interference.

Works perfectly with Windows 7 after downloading relevant drivers from Creative Labs website.

Therefore, five stars for great little card!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware! Known Crackling Sound Problem! 12 Dec 2008
By John
I read up extensively before buying this card. I read that people trying to use it with Vista have problems. This is mainly due to how Vista handles DirectSound, which makes it necessary to use an additional application called Creative ALchemy if you want to use EAX effects. The Vista problem is not specific to this sound card though, of course.

Anyway, as I am using good old XP I thought I would be OK. However, I immediately experienced an intermittent, but very severe crackling sound. Sometimes I even lost sound completely and had to reboot and a few times the PC actually crashed. After Googling this, I found on Wikipedia and Creative's own forums that this is a long known problem. It appears to be a problem with the PCI bus on mobos with certain chipsets. Creative is convinced that it only affects nVidia nForce chipsets, as these are the mobos with which they have run tests. However, I and others with VIA chipsets have experienced the same problem. It looks as though X-Fi cards really need to be used with the PCI Express interface, but the Xtreme Gamer is only available as PCI. As I only have standard PCI slots, I took my X-Fi back to the store and bought myself a second hand Audigy 2 ZS (superior to the SE version) from eBay and that works with no problems! The X-Fi is a great card IF you can get it to work properly.
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in reference to john's review on 12 Dec 2008 saying Beware! Known Crackling Sound Problem! my motherboard has got an nVidia nForce chipset on it. i have used 2 of these x-fi xtreme gamer sound cards with my motherboard and i have had no problems at all. the xtreme gamer is a fantastic sound card with amazing crystal clear sound. in fact i loved these sound cards so much, i've got 4 of them now. i am also using good old xp. i've read the manual with these sound cards and it says that there can be problems for people using via chipsets. some of the old sound blaster live sound cards had problems with them as well.
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