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Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface
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Boost your desktop's audio performance with a sound card from one of the premier names in computer audio—Creative Labs. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card is designed to enhance your PC gaming experience.

Named for professional gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, the card's audio processor with Creative's CMSS-3D technology remixes your stereo audio into surround sound—even through stereo headphones. This is ideal for playing first-person shooters so you can hear your enemies before it's too late. EAX Advanced HD 5.0 technology further improves game audio tracks providing a more immersive experience.

Music and movies benefit from Creative's audio technology know-how, too. For enjoying your favorite DVDs, the card is THX certified and can handle decoding DTS and Dolby Digital EX duties via a free download of Cyberlink PowerDVD software. Plus, an external I/O drive provides convenient access to headphone and microphone inputs with retractable volume controls, while backlit buttons allow instant access to Game Mode and X-Fi technologies for maximum gaming features.

  • newegg X-Fi CMSS-3D Intelligent Surround Sound Remixing X-Fi CMSS-3D intelligently upgrades your MP3 music, movies and games to surround sound using your multi-channel speakers.
  • newegg EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 delivers incredibly realistic gaming audio. Drench yourself in an exceptionally dynamic and sensational gaming world.
  • newegg Revitalize Your Downloaded Music and Movies Xtreme Fidelity audio technology restores the detail and clarity to your music and movies lost during compression, making all your music and movies sound better!
  • newegg Creative ALchemy Creative ALchemy restores the audio for legacy gaming titles running on Windows Vista to their former glory - in full surround sound with hardware accelerated audio mixing, sampling rate conversion and EAX effects.
  • newegg Gaming X-Fi I/O Drive Included The included gaming X-Fi I/O Drive provides convenient access to headphone and microphone inputs with retractable volume controls, while backlit buttons allow instant access to Game Mode and X-Fi technologies for maximum gaming features.

Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB088600007

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion
Model
70SB088600007

Audio core

Audio Chipset
X-Fi
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
109dB

Ports

Line In
1 x 1/8" mini jack (shared with microphone in)
Line Out
4x 1/8" mini jacks
SPDIF In
TOSLINK
SPDIF Out
TOSLINK
MIC In
1 x 1/8" mini jack (shared with line in)
CD/Aux In
2 RCA jacks
Other Ports
Intel HD Audio Compatible Front Panel Header: 2x 5-pin
Creative proprietary AND_EXT connector: Connects to one end of the AND_EXT cable. Connect the other end to the AND_EXT connector on the Sound Blaster X-Fi I/O Drive.
Creative proprietary DID_EXT connector: Connects to one end of the DID_EXT cable. Connect the other end to the DID_EXT connector on the Sound Blaster X-Fi I/O Drive.
Headphone output and volume control: 3. 50 mm (1/8-inch) stereo jack

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
External Box
Yes
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Windows XP (x64, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition 2004)
System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Windows XP(x64, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition)
Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon or equivalent 1.6 GHz processor
256MB RAM (512MB for Windows Vista)
600MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Open 5.25" or 3.5" drive bay for X-Fi I/O Drive
Internet connection to download free PowerDVD software

Features

Features
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.

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.

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.

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
Connects to your home theater system through a single digital cable (available separately) for compelling 5.1 surround sound.

Plug your headset directly into the mini jack input, no adapters required.

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.

Revitalize 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs 70SB088600007

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 11/20/2013 8:40:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The front panel is great for my use.
Always been a user of creative.
No issues with any of the hardware

Cons: Drivers, drivers, drivers.
Purchased this card back in 2010 and trying to get Win7 64 to load and install was like pulling teeth from a duck.
Ended up spending hours on forums and searching for workarounds.
Finally ended up getting them to load only for creative to catch up a few months later UGH!

Other Thoughts: I use my machine for musical purposes. From recording to playing. That's what led me to purchase this card.

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  • dave k.
  • 10/26/2012 5:07:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: none

Cons: Quit working after 1 month

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  • Gary H.
  • 4/2/2012 12:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot happy

Pros: -Creative ALchemy adds a nice touch to certain older games

Cons: -Crackles while Windows boots up
-Broke after a few months: front panel sound is full of crackling and whining noises
-The software is obese and each component has to install and uninstall separately, which takes forever.
-The software offers you a chance to save hundreds of MB's of downloaded files, but there is no obvious means to reuse them when reinsalling software later

Other Thoughts: I regret buying this card. The crackling took forever to figure out and I ended up just abandoning front panel audio.

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  • Julian D.
  • 3/28/2012 4:28:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsgood card but support you are the worst

Pros: the sound card is really good when use by it self ,good sound while gaming ,the front panel is CXXX.

Cons: The drivers for the sound card are not that great but able to work around it by just uninstalling and re installing drivers.NOW the front panel is not great at all the cables that are you used are bad and i mean bad ,if your not careful there will break or worst short out your card or panel.If you connect the hd cable from you computer case you might or will hear a horrible feed back from you speakers or headset .NOW the worst or the worst is there support, I've never had to deal with such bad support in my life,use less, when you go to the support page it i will just be a run around looking for a way just fix your problem ,and when take hours of you time and don't find your problem listed you'll have to send then a support email , don't bother they will never replay back .I will never buy another creative card again not for the card but for the bad support

Other Thoughts: STAY AWAY FOR CREATIVE OR BUY A Warranty FOR THE Seller ,and don't use there support page because it will be useless .been waiting for a month for replay form creative support all i want is to to see if i can get or buy a new front panel w/ cables ,that ant hard

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  • Timothy D.
  • 3/26/2012 5:12:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew build

Pros: Decided to go PCI-E with the sound card for my new build. Have had many SB soundcards in the past. This is a nice step up from my Audigy X-FI platinum PCI set up of my old system. Works great, sound is amazing!

Connection cables from front panel to card were plenty long enough to route out of sight.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: My PCI-E X1 slot was blocked by my Graphics card installation (2 GTX 560's - SLI). Installed in the PCI-E X4 slot with no problems. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z mobo.

Good price here on Newegg. Newegg service is outstanding and always treats me like a VIP.

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  • Conor L.
  • 3/21/2012 9:50:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRubbish

Pros: it looks really cool and its convenient to have a Front panel connector because i dont want to have to plug my headphones into the back of my PC

Cons: Don't get me started on the piece of rubbish! First i have an Antec Lanboy Air case so i thought there wouldn't be a problem with connecting it inside my case. WRONG! when i plug it into the MoBo i have to actually lean it against the mount to screw it into place probably causing damage to my MoBo because of the stress its causing. and since it was at such a slant i couldn't plug anything into the back i/o panel like my computer speakers. I also bought the headset that went with this card thinking it would work well and heard about the voice changer-- Imagine those little toys you used as a kid to make your voice sound like a robot but worse-- once i put them on i was impressed with the comfort and sound cancelling technology, until i wore them for 5 minutes and got a headache from it digging into my head. and since the cheap wiring between the i/o panel and the card itself if you aren't playing sound through it it leaves a loud humm from interference.

Other Thoughts: i thought that buying the card with the headset would make it a better experience. what an idiot i was!

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  • Robert C.
  • 3/16/2012 1:14:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy

Pros: -Very easy to install
- Love the Volume Panel where I can change what I am doing if i want so i have better sound for that event, i.e. if i want to watch i movie i put it on Entertainment but if i want to play a FPS then I put it on game mode. I can change the hz levels of the sounds so i can raise the level for foot steps so i hear them over everything else
-Easy to adjust volume with the front panel

Cons: -None so far

Other Thoughts: The front piece is a addition that i really don't use much. It just is there but it does make it more friendly to use if you want to. I bought it for FPS, BUT NOTE all FPS are different. For example you wont hear foot steps in MW3 the same as you did in BlkOPs since in MW3 you cant turn off the back ground noise. ALSO GET IT ON SHELL SHOCKER!! I got 100 off just because i got it then. Last Note a Awesome sound Card isn't as good as its suppose to be for FPS if you don't have an Awesome headset. If you dish out money for this then also go with a top of the line headset!

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  • James G.
  • 3/15/2012 7:43:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Pros: It really does make a noticeable difference in audio quality. I have an Asus P8P68 deluxe MoBo with the Realtek HD audio chip, which gives fairly decent sound and audio effects. While I'm not wealthy enough to be an "audiophile", I'm still picky enough to be able to tell that there's much more depth to the audio with the X-Fi, whether in music or games. This is my second X-fi purchase, since my old one was PCI and won't fit in the new MoBo. I was looking for it to drop in price, but was lucky enough to catch a Shell Shocker for (9d9 dollars) which made it almost a no brainer. The Crystalizer and CMSS-3d bring plenty of power to the party - more than enough to justify the price paid. Now we go to...

Cons: The Drivers. Like i said, this is my second X-fi. The The Driver CD that I got with this one has virtually if not the exact same drivers that I was using in 2008. That is 4 year old drivers, shipping with a brand new card. Creative has newer drivers on their website, so not shipping them with the product is nearly inexcuseable.

Other Thoughts: The Ugly? - physically installing it was a snap, but downloading and installing the newset drivers brings us to our first bit of ugly. Vista64 has been out for just a few years now, but for some reason Creative's website Auto Downloader will not work with it. Trying it through the installed Auto Update lead to a hard-lock of my computer, something which I (almost) never get. After all of this, going through and manually downloading everthing and un-installing and re-installing drivers, it still took me 3 days to futz around and find the right combination of settings to make it work right. I'm not a genius, but I've been working on and diagnosing computer issues since the early 1990's for "friends and family". this was stupid complicated for a mature product. But, even after all the whining (if you've read this far) It still gets four stars ****. It sounds THAT good.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 3/15/2012 2:12:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing Sound

Pros: Great Sound! Even on my headphones everything is crystal clear. Installation was easy and quick.

Cons: YOU HAVE TO READ THE WEBSITE'S DIRECTIONS. AND YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO USE THE INCLUDED SOFTWARE!

This is not the card for you if you want plug play no hassle audio. Yes, 2 or 3 of the included software packs are not 'needed', but the creative control panel is ESSENTIAL. You have to use this program to switch audio channels. If you switch to home theater, you must go in the control panel, select encoder, and select your preferred settings or you will literally hear no sound. There's another link easy to find in their control panel for headphones / pc speakers. Just click on which you'd like to use and it does the work for you.

You CAN NOT get this card to work simply using windows sound / device manager, you have to use the software.

Other Thoughts: I don't mind using their control panel. The sound quality is amazing, it is an awesome looking product.

I'm using Win 7 64 bit...

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  • Timothy B.
  • 3/12/2012 9:56:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst

Pros: Came in a nice box

Cons: hissssing popping static from moving mouse typing or just doing nothing seems a lot of people have had this problem i will be staying away from all creative products from now on i did notice disconnecting the front panel from the sound card stops some of the static but instead u get a high pitch whine coming out of your speakers i tried emailing creative about my problem they were no help at all checked my wires even tried it out on my friends computer same thing tried ALL of there drivers

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