Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCIe -
Page 1 - Introduction
When the original X-Fi came out it was the first major new architectural change for Creative and for sound cards in years. It really was a great day for gamers and music lovers. The X-Fi offered so many improvements over the Audigy series, it wasnt funny, new EAX, new Crystallizer, new driver model, new black PCB. I mean, I still laughed, but that was about the XRAM. There were also major improvements in the architecture too, including a nearly flawless sample-rate conversion engine, and seemingly limitless processing power. It blew the DACs off the Audigy series, hands down.
A case in point is todays specimen, the X-Fi PCIe XtremeAudio. Creative showed this X-Fi at last years CES (that's 2006) sporting the PCI Express. The delays from then until now, about 12 months, were officially acknowledged as technical issues relating to the PCI Express bus itself.
And its their most inexpensive X-Fi.
This X-Fi also has the same basic set of features that youll find in all other X-Fis, namely the 24-bit, 96KHz record and playback, the Crystalizer, 7.1 surround sound, and the CMSS3D. It just strikes me a bit odd that Creative would rev the APU and not make such a big deal about it. At least stick PCIe on their top of the line Fatal1ty boards?
Perhaps theres something wrong with it? Well, don't let the skillfully androgynous chick on the box fool you. Lets read on and find out what's really under the, er, hood.
The SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD. This card has many aspects in common with existing X-FI designs and a few new features and modifications to appeal to the newer crop of demanding soundcards enthusiasts.
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCIe
Bordering on false advertisement, Creative's latest X-Fi isn't an X-Fi at all, it's a new rev of the Audigy series using the X-Fi drivers and gliding on the PCI Express bus. The EAX gaming enhancements are gone, however, in favor of the more usable Crystallizer and CMSS3D functions. The X-Audio does provide a good value with decent performance, stability, and last but not least, is does sound good.
X-Fi Xtreme Music Sound Blaster review
Creative's entry level X-Fi turns out to be pretty killer. All new hardware, all new software, makes this thing all the better. Gone are the old annoyances of the Audigy series, replaced by the X-Fi, which isn't very annoying at all!
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro
In December something big was released by Creative labs. And the fun thing is .. almost all of you missed it didn't you? Really silently Creative Labs pushed forward a new soundcard under the label Audigy 4 You'd expect a big marketing campaign with bells and whistles and preferably gorgeous blonde women jumping up and down with the soundcard ... but that did not happen.