Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card with I/O Drive
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- Realistic EAX 5.0 sound effects that pull you into the game
- Accurate 3D positional audio even with normal headphones
- Accelerated audio for unbeatable game performance
- Clearer voice chats for better voice communication
- Includes I/O drive for easy access to dedicated headphone and volume controls.
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Get the Pro Gamer's choice for sound
Chosen by professional gamers, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card delivers the ultimate PC gaming audio experience.
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Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium - Fatal1ty Champion Series delivers maximum performance, control and connectivity for the Pro Gamer. The new PCI Express chipset, designed for the latest PCs, delivers hardware-accelerated EAX 5.0 and OpenAL with ultra-accurate 3D positional audio over headphones in a premium protective shield with backlit logo. The new X-Fi I/O Drive gives convenient access to headphone and microphone inputs with retractable volume controls, while backlit buttons give you instant access to Game Mode and X-Fi technologies for maximum gaming features. Optical I/O and real-time Dolby Digital encoding give you single cable connectivity to your surround sound decoder and PowerDVD software plays your Dolby Digital or DTS movies in incredible surround sound over headphones or speakers.
Sound Blaster X-Fi is Fatal1ty's choice for audio
"When I'm competing, I need top-class performance and the most realistic sound to help me know where my opponents are. Sound Blaster X-Fi really delivers for me...there is nothing faster or better." Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel is the best-known professional gamer in the world with 38 First Place wins in eight years of tournament play.
Realistic EAX® 5.0 sound effects
Hear crackling gunfire and earth-shattering explosions. EAX® 5.0 delivers realistic sound effects that will engage you in long hours of gameplay. Now you will have the sound to match the graphics of your games, bringing on a whole new dimension and excitement to your game play. EAX is a collection of powerful, innovative audio technologies designed by Creatives world-class audio scientists to bring true interactive 3D audio to PC gaming. The sophisticated environment effects of EAX provide a greater sense of realism to the gaming experience, and enhance the overall enjoyment of the player. The additional audio cues provided by EAX can also give gamers a competitive advantage in multiplayer games, enabling the early detection of the enemy. It's therefore no surprise that EAX is well established as the premier choice for interactive 3D audio for games.
EAX® and 3D audio restoration for Windows Vista®
Creative ALchemy restores X-Fi enhanced surround sound effects for great gaming. It provides multi-channel audio for legacy game titles running on Windows Vista™. Vista deals with audio in a different way to XP, and as a result certain legacy game titles, that use EAX or DirectSound3D (DS3D), can result in stereo output without any effects. Creative ALchemy is a powerful tool that restores the audio for a DirectSound3D game running on Windows Vista to its former glory - in full surround sound with hardware accelerated audio mixing, sampling rate conversion and EAX effects.
Accurate 3D positional audio
Listen to 3D positional audio so accurate, you can locate your enemies through mere sound alone! Plus, the X-Fi CMSS®-3D gives you amazing surround sound even with normal stereo headphones. X-Fi CMSS®-3D moves the sound away from your ears and into the space around you. You'll be surrounded by nine virtual speakers and feel like you are sitting in with your favourite band or that you've been dropped into the best seat in the movie theatre.
Hardware accelerated performance
Get unbeatable performance with hardware accelerated audio that blows motherboard audio away. Boost your performance even further in games like Quake 4, Battlefield 2, Prey, Unreal Tournament 3 and others that take advantage of X-RAM.
Clearer voice chats
Communicating clearly with your teammates can make a real difference with your performance. When you plug in your headset or microphone you will hear the difference immediately. Thanks to the high-quality input and hardware audio processing, your teammates will definitely hear you loud and clear.
Boost your audio game performance
Designed for gameplay with ultra-realistic EAX® 5.0 sound effects, accelerated performance and a dedicated game mode.
Dolby Digital Live
Not just a solution for gamers, X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series can also connect to your home theatre system through a single digital cable (available separately) for compelling 5.1 surround sound. If you have a 5.1 surround sound system set up, you'll be able to watch movies from your PC and enjoy the same immersive experience.
Windows Vista compatibility
Certified UAA compliant for maximum Windows Vista compatibility.
Gaming X-Fi I/O drive included
Get into gaming mode with the push of a button! Gain easy access even in dark environments with backlit buttons that activate the X-Fi gaming features instantly. Your headset can plug directly into the mini jack input, so you don't need to use any adapters to listen without disturbing others. Adjust the volume of both headphone and microphone with the new recessed volume controls. Especially designed to pop out and back in again to ensure you can close the drivebay door on your tower PC.
Record your own music
PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium has fantastic inputs and low-latency ASIO drivers for great music recording.
Revitalise downloaded music and movies
Make all your music sound better with Xtreme Fidelity audio technology which restores the detail and clarity to compressed music files like MP3s. Most downloadable music and movies are compressed, making downloads fast, and storage and portability convenient. However, the quality and fullness of these songs and soundtracks are diminished - resulting in flat and lifeless audio. The X-Fi Crystalizer technology restores the detail and vibrancy to your compressed music and movies. All the highs and lows are intelligently enhanced, ensuring you hear everything in crystal clear clarity.
Cinematic surround sound from DVD movies
Enjoy cinematic DVD movie experiences with PowerDVD software featuring DTS-ES® and Dolby Digital® EX decoding. (Requires download via Internet connection).
Top customer reviews
I installed the card and the driver and class myself as a bit of a tech bod, however I could not get any sound from the card at all.
I disabled all of the other sound on the computer and the issue still occurred. I was unable to contact creative customer support as they send you down an faq path and then an email route as they do not offer any numbers to call until all avenues have been explored.
The firste response I recieved was clearly an automated response and they clearly did not read the long email I had sent explaining the issue and what steps I taken to fix it.
I responded by confirming that all the steps requested had already been followed and was then told to uninstall and reinstall the driver.
At this point I decided it would be better for me to solve the issue using forums rather than listening to creative and that proved to be the correct course of action to take. Before installing the card and driver you must remove your old sound drivers and it works fine.
It is a superb product but I recommend you only purchase it if you are comfortable with dealing with any potential issues that may occur yourself because Creative tech support is the worst support I have ever encountered, which is saying a lot as I have to deal with Vigin customer support as well.
So I would say the issue with it is getting it to work. I've been pro with computers for years now and even I had trouble finding the fault.
Eventually I did and now it works :) 3*s, purely for the extensive stress I had.
It was a joy to fit, only two cables from the bay to the card and the card simply slots in like any other PCIe card.
In terms of sound quality I cant really compare to anything as My old speakers broke so when I bought a new 5.1 speaker set I also thought id get a top of the range card for it too, they are also connected by fibre optics so the improves could come from a number of places, but there is deffinetly a big improvement.
Edit* The solution was to move it to the bottom PCI-E slot, well away from the GPU, after which it installed with no problems.
Having said that, this is not a card for the novice!
The sound quality of this card is fantastic. The build quality of the parts is good. I find the front panel really useful, as I can plug my headset in, and when I wish to use the speakers on my system I simply unplug the headphone jack from the front and it automatically switches to speakers. The front volume controls can be handy mid game too.
The bad side is wrestling with the Creative software/drivers to get the thing working properly. This certainly requires some patience but once it is done everything runs OK. It is certainly not a cheap option either.
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