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18 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Expensive Sound Card makes for great listeningSep 27, 2008
By Gil Knutson
I expected an improvement over my old Creative card. This one is head and shoulders beyond it. If you don't put the settings too crazy, and keep it more "level" it sounds very good on my relatively poor Altec Lansing headphones. Much more volume, so the headroom is reasonable; it still needs a good headphone amp if you want the best, though... but, it sounds believable.
It was expensive, yes, but so far from what I have heard in two weeks of listening, I will be able to have very good sound through a lot of motherboard upgrades with this card. The RCA inputs are an important, added feature for me, as is the volume control. I am glad I "bit the bullet".
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Exceeded my expections.Dec 29, 2008
By J. T. Pietrewicz
I was blown away by the sound quality of this unit.It's a huge
improvement over the onboard realtek chip.Clarity and directional
positioning in games is amazing and music is vastly improved.
The cmss-3d with headphones does a great job with 5.1 simulation.
Also to note,installation on Vista was a breeze.I installed from
the disc and let auto update do the rest.The software is a bit
bloated but the bells and whistles are fun.You can also do a custom
install and select what you want.If you game or enjoy music you can't
go wrong.I highly recommend this card.
18 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Superior Audio with good drivers. (Unlike integrated Audio chips)Jul 12, 2009
I just picked one of these up because I grew tired of waiting over a year and a half for the maker of my integrated audio chip, to supply a functioning driver. The SigmaTel / IDT chip on my Intel board was decent enough for playback but the drivers were so bad and lacked things like input monitoring, proper switching of recording inputs while in games for voice coms, etc. The drivers would crash and I would lose my mic. They were just horrible. BTW Sigmatel / IDT finally as of a month or so ago added input monitoring to their driver and it still doesnt work. Sigmatel/IDT's new driver also has a huge memory leak where the driver process will use up to 35% CPU. You have to kill the process then restart it to fix it everytime it happens. ENOUGH with Sigmtel /IDT. I cant stand them and That is why i bought a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series card. (Yes the name is stupidly long)
I was worried because its branded with "Fatal1ty" gamer nonsense and I read some bad things about it online. Everyone seems to bash Creative these days and many are even praising integrated audio solutions such as Sigmatel/IDT and RealTek. Personally, I dont get it. Sigmatel/IDT's integrated products are terrible. Do not rely in integrated audio for quality drivers or quality audio. DO NOT buy into the myth that integrated audio has caught up to Audio Card quality. They havent. Once that chip is on the motherboard, the manufacturers seem to forget about supporting it.
Sound Blaster is just the opposite. I've owned Creative Labs cards since the original Sound Blaster. They have been the backbone of PC audio. This card is incredible. It has very little EMI noise. It has incredible sound quality, very nice high's mids, lows and its output levels are stronger than my peice of crap integrated audio chip which had terrible EMI noise, and terrible drivers. Basically my motherboards integrated audio was worthless and a year long headache.
THIS IS THE CARD TO GET. It cost a lot, but the drivers are solid. It functions as it should. It sounds incredible, and you can count on creative supporting it for many years to come.
DO NOT RELY ON INTEGRATED AUDIO CHIPS. Their drivers are pathetic. That is the lesson here. Do not fall for the misinformation out there. Integrated audio is fine for listening to things but they fail at doing even some of the most basic of audio tasks due to their poor driver support. Creative's X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series has superior sound quality and excellent driver support. That is what you should be demanding from manufacturers, and if you have to pay a premium for it... so be it. Its far better than waiting a year and a half like i did for Sigmatel/IDT to release a driver that worked 75% of the time.
BTW The breakout box that goes in the front of your case is very helpful. I recommend buying this one rather than the one without it. If you play games and use voice coms, get the drive bay inputs.
Again, I cant stress this enough. It is such a relief to not have to deal with my motherboard's integrated audio anymore. Do it right from the start. GET THIS CARD.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Creative got creative on this one!Dec 08, 2009
Pros: Puts every sound card I've owned in the last fourteen years to shame; clarity is amazing; makes speakers sound as if you paid $500 for the set (that is, if you paid at least a hundred bucks for them).
Not only for gamers who like lots of loud sounds and don't care about nuances in the music. In Entertainment mode, great for listening to Classical music.
I/O drive looks really cool mounted in computer bezel.
Easy installation of both hard and software (with exception noted below in Other stuff).
Driver on CD works perfectly with Win 7, 64-bit OS.
Fits in PCI-ex1 slot directly above my Sapphire 5770 card in the PCI-ex16 slot. Also, when mounted, it probably won't interfere with chip set cooler.
Cons: Driver "confusion"*.
My particular PCI-e card does not fully seat in motherboard slot unless I tip it in at an angle (card attachment plate will then not line up with screw hole--but there are ways to arrange things ;>).
The cost? Who cares? This thing is really worth the money
I read every review on every site I could find before buying this sound card. I was worried about all those reviews that stated that their unit arrived DOA, that the analog and digital cables were too hard to plug in and that the software sucked.
Here's what I found out about the these situations . . .*DO NOT INSTALL the latest driver you downloaded from Creative's site BEFORE installing the driver from the supplied CD. What you will get is a message during install that the card is not connected properly and then driver installation will stop. Upgrade the driver AFTER installing the one supplied on the disc (then you won't have to send it back to Creative or Amazon because it arrived "dead"). By the way, during installation of the software, check the 64-bit box if your OS is WIN 7 or Vista 64-bit).
I don't understand the criticism about the cables being hard to seat properly. Possibly, the person is attaching the cables upside down in the slot (easy to do if you don't look carefully at the plugs--the digital plug CAN be installed upside down if your force it in). Attach the cables properly and then you won't have to send it back . . .).
My card does not seat properly in its PCI-e slot. I must put it in so the body of the card is at an angle. I drilled a hole through the attachment plate for the screw hole--problem solved.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Tricky Install with newer Nivida SLI systemsFeb 18, 2011
By Desert Living
To start off with I have always loved Creative's sound cards! This one is no different, it has all the bells and whistles, sounds awesome, and 3d positional sound seems to be working well in Windows 7 64bit...now.
My new system is an i7-950 with 2 Nivida GTX460's in SLI mode, 6GB ram, SSD, and no accessible PCI slots (under the SLI cards). So my old Fatality PCI card would not work. After 3 months of supposedly really good on-board sound (Asus SabreTooth X58) , I just couldn't take it anymore and bought this card.
I was unable to get it to work with the drivers on the first night. I did discover that my GTX460's each show 4 HD sound devices, and can play HD sound though the HDMI port! Started me thinking about old IRQ conflicts from back in the day? could it even be happening with 8+ sound devices in Windows 7?
On the second day, I pulled out both 460's and put in an old 5600 video card, then re-installed the creative X-FI PCI-Express card. Worked like a champ!
I then put the 460's back in and the sound card stayed working and both of my video cards as well, so now I have 9 HD sound devices. Not sure if it's a Nivida problem, or a Creative problem, but this is a first to have video cards with 4 independent HD sound channels per card?
I doubt many people will have this problem, except extreme gamers. It's too bad since this is an awesome card. Much better than my old PCI one. I would have given it 5 stars if it worked out of the box, but it was a tricky install.
Hopefully this review can help some other unlucky extreme gamers out there.
Was it worth it? Yes it was! I love the sound this puppy creates!
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