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omg_dastard!
05-25-08, 07:20 PM
Might as well consolidate it. Looking to be a nice piece of kit, with the inclusion of the 1X PCI slot, covered case for EFI protection, Optical in and out, as well as DDL.


MILPITAS, Calif. - May 16, 2008 - Creative Technology Ltd, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment solutions, today announced the PCI Express Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound cards, unleashing the full power of Creative X-Fi hardware audio processing for PCI Express-based PCs.

The new PCI Express Creative sound cards each feature a striking design that screams “high performance.” Creative will equip the world's best professional PC gamers, who are now competing in the Championship Gaming Series (CGS), with the new PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, the official sound card of the CGS, the only worldwide professional video gaming league.

“Audio plays a huge factor in professional gaming, where every competitive advantage can make the difference between winning and losing. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty edition sound cards significantly enhance any professional gaming rig, enabling us to hear what we can't see and perform at our highest level,” said Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, world champion gaming legend and exclusive on-air analyst for the CGS.

“I demand extreme performance from my PC, and I won't settle for less than Sound Blaster X-Fi. It gives me the huge advantage of hearing my opponent before they can see me, and finishing them off before they can do anything about it,” said Yazan “Clown” Ammari, Counter-Strike Source member of the San Francisco Optx CGS team.

“We've developed the PCI Express models of our Sound Blaster X-Fi gaming sound cards to meet the specific requests that we've received from end users,” said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio and VLSI for Creative. “We have re-architected our X-Fi processor so we can deliver even more performance and provide the best audio available on the PC today. You'll know why it's worth the upgrade to PCI Express the second you hear it. We've also added Dolby Digital encoding, for connection to a home theater system for an awesome gaming experience. We created an entirely new I/O drive with an innovative design that can fit either a 3.5” or 5.25” drive bay. Plus, the Sound Blaster Titanium series cards are optimized for Windows Vista with UAA-compliant hardware.”

Priced at US$149.99, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series features Dolby Digital encoding, for single-cable connection to home theater systems. The card leverages the power of the X-Fi processor optimized for PCI Express to deliver accelerated audio for improved game performance, with ultra-realistic EAX 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio. Hardware-powered 3D positional audio and EAX 5.0 effects provide stunning positional audio realism over headphones and speakers, for a much more immersive gaming experience than any motherboard audio solution can offer. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series also vastly improves voice chat clarity in online games where collaboration is vital.

“With its superb audio fidelity, EAX 5.0 support, and 128 hardware-accelerated voices, the Sound Blaster X-Fi is simply the best way to experience the rich soundscape of Guild Wars. Gamers who really care about how their PCs sound should give it a serious listen,” said James Boer, ArenaNet audio programmer and Game Audio Programming author.

Priced at US$199.99, the new PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card includes all of the features of the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, plus an internal I/O drive for quick front panel connection to headphones and headsets. This versatile internal I/O drive design offers the choice of placement in either a 3.5” or 5.25” drive bay. The 3.5” drive features mic-in and headphone-out connections. This drive slides inside the 5.25” drive, which adds RCA line-in connections.

The world's first native PCI Express hardware accelerated sound cards, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Championship Series sound cards also feature:

* Creative X-Fi processor specifically designed for high-speed PCI Express slots in modern PCs
* X-Fi Crystalizer® technology, which leverages audio algorithms to intelligently and selectively determine how to restore the highs and lows from sound effects, instruments and vocals and voices that were damaged or diminished during the MP3, AAC, game audio or other compression processes
* X-Fi CMSS®-3D technology, to create virtual surround sound through speakers or headphones in games or music. In games, you hear your opponents in their exact location. With music, the sound expands so it completely surrounds you.
* Dolby Digital support for compelling 5.1 surround sound through a home theater system
* Creative ALchemy™ to restore EAX® and surround sound in DirectSound game titles running under Vista
* Certified UAA compliance for maximum Windows Vista compatibility
* X-RAM dedicated audio memory to boost performance in select games
* THX Certified surround sound for cinematic movie audio playback
* PowerDVD software with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital-EX decoding
* 24-bit audio quality and 109db SNR audio clarity
* ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load

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Roliath
05-25-08, 08:06 PM
Finally "Optical in and out"

XxDeadlyxX
05-25-08, 08:21 PM
Is this actually X-Fi 2 or is there a complete "new" X-Fi 2 coming out in August?

How long can they milk X-Fi 1 tech?

Smokey
05-26-08, 02:00 AM
This may replace my XFi elite Pro as it has DD encoding and Im now using a HTPC, any ideas on how much I could sell the Elite Pro for in euros? :)

crainger
05-26-08, 02:08 AM
At least it looks the part.

Bokishi
05-26-08, 02:34 AM
Nice I'll get one

Dazz
05-26-08, 03:23 AM
Note these cards are Xfi card with the 5.1 Encode feature enabled. Still thinking of getting one. It's PCI-E and fairly small footprint size. BUT it is no XFi 2 card.

omg_dastard!
05-26-08, 04:47 AM
I personally havent heard of any new Xfi stuff being researched. I think creative are clever enough to know that there is no real need, and instead are getting all the extras together for a comprehensively nice package with the stuff that was missing the first time.

Im an odd one, I watched a film using my G500 speakers on the Audigy 2 last night, and tbh they actually sounded better than on my X-fi Extrememusic :headexplode:

Now THAT is depressing lol :lol:

$n][pErMan
05-26-08, 12:14 PM
My X-Fi Fatal1ty is still doing me good..... Wonder if this would even be an upgrade....

LordJuanlo
05-26-08, 12:59 PM
I won't change my X-Fi

jass
05-27-08, 11:41 AM
Is this actually X-Fi 2 or is there a complete "new" X-Fi 2 coming out in August?
How long can they milk X-Fi 1 tech?

In the press release they said it is PCI-express chip - and not PCI-to-PCI express bridge.
(as e.g. Xonar) This suggest it is the new card. I am fine with my current X-Fi
but if I was getting a new mobo I would probably take this over the old PCI version.

SLippe
05-27-08, 03:34 PM
Might as well consolidate it. Looking to be a nice piece of kit, with the inclusion of the 1X PCI slot, covered case for EFI protection, Optical in and out, as well as DDL.




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Like the black look! :thumbsup: I'm sure almost anything is an upgrade to my current X-Fi card, but it works for me. I'd get one of these if ever I had the extra cash and a nice speaker setup (only use headphones right now).

Greasy
05-27-08, 03:41 PM
Wonder if they finally made a smaller cable for the front panel IO box. I hate that old school parallel cable I've got now.

I do like the looks of this one though.

Dragunov
05-27-08, 03:59 PM
This may replace my XFi elite Pro as it has DD encoding and Im now using a HTPC, any ideas on how much I could sell the Elite Pro for in euros? :)

The old one has it too, they just need to make it work in their driver

LORD-eX-Bu
05-27-08, 04:58 PM
freaking awesome emi shielding :jumping:

definately gonna pick this up, hopefully this can be modded pretty easy with better caps and opamps like the old x-fi :D

AngelGraves13
05-27-08, 06:05 PM
I'll wait for their next sound card with a better signal to noise ratio. It should at least beat the Prelude which is about 120.

Also, doesn't Vista support 32 bit sound? When are they gonna get on that?