Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro Review - Page 6 of 9
Review by Kyle Kerley - January 15, 2006
Creative has really pulled out all the stops with the new X-Fi line of sound cards. The completely redesigned Sound Processing Unit (SPU) is immensely powerful and produced the highest quality music and sound effects that I have ever heard on my PC. If you're an extreme gamer that wants the best sound quality or an audiophile that demands sound quality that could destroy your ear drums, look no farther than the X-Fi Elite Pro. Although the X-Fi Elite Pro is very expensive, you can always opt for one of the less expensive X-Fi models.
Unparalleled sound quality and processing ability
64MB X-RAM which will hopefully be utilized soon
Huge, convenient and useful breakout box with numerous inputs and outputs
Amazing and powerful software bundle; both the drivers and stand-alone programs
Included batteries for the remote
Odd and sporadic install issue with BIOS and system boot up
No proper manual or mode "cheat sheet"
Drivers require QuickTime be installed to work
No consistent increase in game performance
The breakout box is HUGE
The approximate $400 price tag
No Dolby Digital Live support
All of that being said, the price will come down, compatibility issues will be solved and performance will increase once developers begin to code games to take advantage of the X-Fi. Doom 3 and Quake 4 already have patches out for limited X-Fi support and more games are sure to follow suit.
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Just added is a new, in-depth guide that I created, walking through how I got to the speaker settings I currently have and love, in hopes that you, the readers can maybe save yourself some time and have your speakers set up in what I consider to be the perfect sound.