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Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI 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 XtremeGamer sound card is designed to enhance your PC gaming experience and improve your computer's overall performance. The card's X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer will make your game audio more dynamic and realistic while improving both low and high frequencies giving you smoother, cleaner sound.

The card's audio processor, with help from Creative's CMSS-3D technology, is able to remix 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 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.

  • newegg X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer enhances MP3 and movie sound for cleaner, smoother and more audio that is even better than what you would expect from original CDs or DVDs! It even automatically upgrades existing games to Xtreme Fidelity quality.
  • 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 Hardware DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX Decoding With DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX decoding, enjoy the latest cinematic technologies for the ultimate Home Theater PC experience!

Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB073A00000

Model

Brand
Creative
Model
70SB073A00000

Audio core

Audio Chipset
X-Fi
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
Stereo Output 109dB
Front and Rear Channels 109dB
Center, Subwoofer and Side Channels 109dB

Ports

Line In
Yes
MIC In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista (Drivers available at us.creative.com) or XP (Service Pack 2, x64 or Media Center Edition)
System Requirements
Intel Pentium III 1 GHz, AMD 1 GHz processor or faster
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard chipset
Available PCI 2.1 slot
256MB RAM
600MB of free hard disk space
CD-ROM/CD-RW or CD/DVD-ROM for software installation
Internet connection to download PowerDVD player software

Features

Features
Get the speed you need when every second counts
Win big with a powerful audio processing engine that boosts real game performance by up to 15% over motherboard audio and still gives you the fullest audio effects possible!

Hear your enemies before they find you
X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone creates nine virtual speakers over stereo headphones for positional audio that's so accurate you can actually locate enemies by sound. Multichannel speakers are even better with audio cues that let you hear exactly where they are—even between speakers.

Immerse yourself in a new dimension of sound
Bullets whiz past your head. Explosions shake the room. Take reality to the next level with EAX ADVANCED HD sound effects in games.

Get lost in the details
Revitalize your compressed game sounds with X-Fi Crystalizer and hear crisp, sharp gunshots and deep, booming explosions for the most intense gaming experience ever.

Restore the details and vibrance to your music and movies
X-Fi Crystalizer repairs the damage that MP3 and WMA compression causes and intelligently enhances high and low frequencies for cleaner music playback and more realistic movie sound.

Expand your stereo music and movies into surround sound
X-Fi CMSS-3D matches the sound to your headphones or multichannel speakers and positions specific audio elements—such as voice in the center and ambient sounds in surrounding channels, so your music and movies sound more alive.

Enjoy truly cinematic movie sound
The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card delivers THX certified surround sound and includes Cyberlink PowerDVD software with DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding via free download for an unbeatable DVD movie watching experience.

Advanced audio and music creation features
A dedicated audio creation mode supports near transparent conversion between any resolutions, digital-matched recording, low-latency ASIO support and more.

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster X-Fi PCI Card
Quick Start Leaflet
Installation and Applications CD

Windows Vista

Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • David Y.
  • 6/28/2013 11:26:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Soundcard- prior or after!

Pros: Crisp, clear, sound that is boosted way beyond the audibility of onboard sound. Difference is like Mojave Desert versus Antarctica! Drivers for W7 64 bit work perfectly! It's lasted 3 years. It's got to last several more, because I believe it may be the last soundcard that actually processed all the sound offloaded from the cpu and ON the soundcard.

Cons: Not one.

Other Thoughts: I've not had one driver problem or other problem which can be attributed to the soundcard. A little research WILL get you to the Creative website where they definately have the W7 64-bit drivers.

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  • Jason M.
  • 5/9/2013 9:14:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsbad drivers

Pros: Outputs good and strong sound when gaming or listening to music.

Cons: Unable to get audio in feature to work so I can play my iPad through my PC speakers. Something so simple got me really frustrated and I was never able to get this to work. I had other issues with my headset and mic configuration.

Other Thoughts: I've owned an older model of Sound Blaster and it worked really well in Windowx XP after they straightened out their driver / software issues. Had to upgraded to this card for Win 7 compatability. Maybe this card will be good in a few years. I ended up removing this card and went back to my onboard audio, which functions properly and easily. Headache gone.

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  • Charles C.
  • 2/18/2013 10:39:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsLast of the good Creative low-profile cards

Pros: The highest level "low-profile" card that Creative made (not makes). Much better quality than my full-size Audigy LS card. Too bad the Audigy SE is the ONLY "low-profile" card that Creative still markets (that I'm aware of). The XtrmeGamer version actually processes sound from the card vs software-based processing. I can also hear the difference the "Crystalizer" makes in the sound quality.

Cons: None, except that it's only a PCI slot card. But....there is a market for people who need "low-profile" (half-height) cards for their computers. It is too bad Creative chose not to keep on making them as a viable product for their newer more advanced sound-card lines. Unfortunately, Newegg was out of these cards, but I found one elsewhere on the internet.

Other Thoughts: Of course, no one says you have to go with Creative SoundBlasters. I'm just used to them because I've used Live and Audigy cards for the past 18 years. I have heard great things about the "low-profile" PCIeX16 ASUS Xonar DX cards which Newegg carries.

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  • Jordan B.
  • 11/12/2012 2:02:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's okay

Pros: - Great sound quality
- Easy install

Cons: - Have had driver problems
- Sometimes If you pull the audio jack out from it and plug it back In it the audio will stop working until you restart your computer

Other Thoughts: It's okay.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/17/2012 3:14:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Bought this from Newegg two years ago now. I was looking for a good gaming soundcard that supports Win7 at the time. No issues whatsoever since install. There are some folks here complaining about drivers. I installed the latest one from Creatives website and had no issues on my 10 year old Dell Dimension 8300.

Cons: No major cons i can think of. My experience with this card has been great and flawless. I like the extra features and the sound is awesome so...

Other Thoughts: runs great on old systems, and with old systems running win7.

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  • Derek G.
  • 5/2/2012 10:57:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great price, great for gaming.

Cons: Only works with Windows XP

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  • Colin H.
  • 4/26/2012 8:46:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSounds good, but driver issues

Pros: Sounds are very clear. I notice the depth in sound while playing games such as Battlefield 3. Everything sounds good.

Cons: I have issues with the drivers for Windows 7 64-bit. There have been many time where I turn on my computer and the drivers aren't recognized and I have to reinstall them again (and restart my computer) for it to work again.

Other Thoughts: I am using the current drivers from their website but still have this issue. Has been better recently, but still happens time to time.

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  • Alejandro S.
  • 4/14/2012 2:51:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: You can tweak many settings, sound is good quality. It has digital and analog outputs/inputs. It has three separate modes to choose from (most people will probably use only entertainment and game modes though), and each profile keeps separate settings/tweaks.

Cons: Switching between modes may (very rarely!) cause sound issues for some programs (even if program was not running when switched). It only has 4 ports for connections. It has no optical out. Two prominent settings (cmss-3d and switching between audio modes) can't really be customized as much as some would like. entertainment and game mode sound noticeably different even if settings are kept exactly the same for both modes, so it would be nice to see and change those hidden settings

Other Thoughts: I don't know if it is worth the money (~$50), or rather if it is worth $50 more than onboard audio, which comes with many more ports, just as many settings that can be tweaked, but have to divert resources from cpu and ram. On a computer with a core i5 2550, geforce gtx 560 ti, and 8GB of ram, i suspect the resource use to be negligible. for $50 I could have doubled my ram and slightly overclock my cpu

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2012 1:26:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card

Pros: Works great, look for the drivers from the creative website.
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit

Cons: Older technology not used in many games today.

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  • Josh L.
  • 4/9/2012 11:57:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat addition to my rig

Pros: Easy to install and configure. Found the drivers online. Comes with low-profile i/o bracket. Sounds really good in Crysis, Skyrim, Just Cause 2, etc. Movies and music sound good.

Cons: Software is really stupid. Shouldn't have to switch "modes" to get to different features. Doesn't have an easy way to apply effects to line-in or mic for voip and voice chat.

Other Thoughts: Helps with overall performance, but is somewhat dated compared to the other cards on the market. I would definitely get a newer card if I had the choice.

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