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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

  • 5.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface
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The next generation Sound Blaster card - the Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional - is powered by Sound Core3D and heralds a new age in 3D gaming audio and online voice communication. Hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro audio technologies deliver unsurpassed audio playback quality, while the innovative CrystalVoice processing, coupled with the included beamforming microphone, gives you the edge in multiplayer games with crystal clear vocal fidelity. Its impressive internal hardware is matched by an equally stunning design, complete with a red-hot glowing Sound Core3D processor.

Engineered for low power consumption and high performance, the Sound Core3D processor is Creative's first sound and voice processor to integrate a quad-core high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) and high-quality converters onto a single chip.

  • newegg Powered by Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor The revolutionary Sound Core3D Audio and Voice chipset accelerates THX TruStudio Pro and CrystalVoice processing effects, drastically improving your gaming experience with faster frame rates, more immersive gaming audio, and crystal clear voice communications.
  • newegg THX TruStudio Pro technologies THX TruStudio Prosound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.
  • newegg CrystalVoice voice enhancement and clarity technology Express yourself and be heard clearly in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats.
  • newegg Sound Blaster beamforming microphone When used with CrystalVoice Focus, the included stereo microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard with amazing clarity.
  • newegg Dedicated high quality headphone amp Supports studio quality headphones and headsets of up to 600ohm impedance.
  • newegg Dolby Digital Live encoding Dolby Digital Live encoding allows you to connect to your decoder or home theater system through a single digital cable for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source.

Learn more about the Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000)

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster
Model
Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000)

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Sound Core3D
Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
102dB
Encode
Dolby Digital Live

Ports

Line In
1 x Shared 3.5mm mini jack
Line Out
3 x 3.5mm mini jack
SPDIF In
Optical
SPDIF Out
Optical
MIC In
Shared with Line In
Other Ports
1 x 3.5mm Headphone mini jack

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
System Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
1GB RAM
600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Features

Features
Powered by Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor
- The revolutionary Sound Core3D Audio and Voice chipset accelerates THX TruStudio Pro and CrystalVoice processing effects, drastically improving your gaming experience with faster frame rates, more immersive gaming audio, and crystal clear voice communications.

THX TruStudio Pro technologies
- THX TruStudio Prosound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets

CrystalVoice voice enhancement and clarity technology
- Express yourself and be heard clearly in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats.

Sound Blaster beamforming microphone
- When used with CrystalVoice Focus, the included stereo microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard with amazing clarity.

Dedicated high quality headphone amp
- Supports studio quality headphones and headsets of up to 600ohm impedance.

Dolby Digital Live encoding
- Dolby Digital Live encoding allows you to connect to your decoder or home theater system through a single digital cable for compelling 5.1 surround sound from any source.

Bundled Software - Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Control Panel
- THX TruStudio Pro effects
- CrystalVoice effects
- EAX Advanced HD
- OpenAL
- Creative Alchemy
- Creative Music Server

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional sound card
Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
Quick Start leaflet
Installation CD containing:
- Drivers for Windows
- Creative software suite
- User's Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000)

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  • Michael C.
  • 7/11/2013 6:32:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsW O W

Pros: I've been using onboard sound for years since. I did, at one point, have the Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro, however it had glitches with Windows Vista & 7 driver wise. I had been looking at this card and today I crossed paths with it at a local retailer for only $60! Checked it out on newegg as well and thought, hey a 50% off buy why not give it a try. All I can say is the quality is insane! My logitech 5.1 system sounds great on this card.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This isn't for people who want regular 2.0 sound. Use onboard for that. If you want crystal clear 5.1, this card is worth it!

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  • Jeremy J.
  • 6/15/2013 12:19:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card if you take the time to set it up.

Pros: Sounds amazing once setup properly and crisp
No issues with music or games once updated the drivers from the CD install
See's my Turtle Beach DX12 DSS2 receiver just fine
Works in Windows 8 X64 no problems
THX TruSound ProStudio
Dolby Digital Live
Optical Out and In
Awesome Red LED

Cons: If you consider having to actually taking a few mins to set it up a con and not just slap in and poof. Reminds me of how hardware use to work in the 80s-mid/late 90s when you had to actually make sure it was set up right. So not really a con

Other Thoughts: I got this at Best Buy for $69 upgrading from my on board RealTek ALC892 sound. At first cause I didn't read what it said I didn't get sound from my Optical out but after face palming and 3mins on Google and then looking at the settings for Dolby Digital Live fixed not hard.

I got this card cause I have the Turtle Beach DX12 DSS2 Headset. While my on board sound supports 7.1 HD (yippie?) it doesn't support Dolby Digital Live so you get "Virtual" Surround which sounds OK but after configuring this card properly which only took a couple mins after I realized I didn't enable a setting. Then I took my time setting up the sound settings and such to my liking the difference was amazing. This isn't like a "normal" plug and play card and poof instant perfect 5.1 sound! You might have to spend a few mins getting the settings to how you like. Gasp. Why it's $150 here not sure maybe Best Buy was moving stock out for the new Z cards.

In point if you want a good sound card and take your time to actually config it and have a Gaming Headset/Speaker Set up it's a awesome little sound card.

Haven't used the BarMic it came with since my camera has a built in one that works just fine.

System:
AsRock A-55 Pro3 Motherboard (motherboard name is not hyphenated but apparently newegg thought I was censoring a cuss word)
AMD A-8 3870K 3GHz (Unlocked but not OCed)
8GB G.Skill DDR3
8GB PNY DDR3 (yea I know two dif brands but once again was on sale)
eVGA GeForceGTX660 Super Clocked 2GB GDDR5 (not OCed yet)
Sound Blaster Recon3D Professional Fatal1ty
Turtle Beach DX12 DSS2 Headset
WD 1TB 10KRPM HDD
Windows 8 Enterprise x64

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  • Bryon H.
  • 4/27/2013 3:34:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Sound Card I have had in years.

Pros: This is with out a question the best sound card I have had in may years. I have been running onboard sound for a long time thinking it was as good as a Sound Blaster. Boy was I wrong everything from music movies to games are much better on a Sound Blaster! If you have the speakers to handle it this sound card will give you the best sound you can get from your system.

Cons: None what so ever.

Other Thoughts: To the people having problems all I can say is it is not the fault of this Sound Card you need to look else were for the problem. I have now built 3 rigs with this card and none of them have any static popping or anything else that would distort the sound quality. From the rich deep bass to the great high tones everything this card sends to the speakers is nothing short of great.

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  • Erik E.
  • 4/16/2013 8:43:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSound Clarity at last!

Pros: Easy Installation. Great sound quality. Headset Jack is amazingly loud and clear. PciE interface is nice, since the PCI clots are covered by graphic cards.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I was having trouble with the audio of my ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 motherboard. Bought this to elimate the issue. I am still amazed at the sound clarity from this card, no hissing or buzzing. All around a great card.

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  • Donald P.
  • 4/11/2013 10:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Stuff!!

Pros: Enough options for me for movies/music My CV LS12 and desktop tweets (stereo not 5.1)sound much better than with my old audigy value card.I had to race to get the bass turned down!!Though iv never owned a real expensive sound card im very happy with this one.Games are much improved also havnt used the beam mic yet so no feedback on that sorry.

Cons: It sits on top of my vid card theres zero clearance there not sure what to do when i go with crossfire but the card stays hehe....

Other Thoughts: I uninstalled the old audigy drivers double checked bios made sure onboard sound was off put the new card and disk in then updated it and had zero problems,about 20 minutes.Iv got a new copy of windows 7 and a GA 990 fxa UD3 board.

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  • Steve H.
  • 4/11/2013 7:22:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsB*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L

Pros: *Wonderful sound over onboard Realtek 5.1.
*Deep bass, wonderful mids, and ear piercing highs.
*Fully controllable 10 band EQ
*THX Pro

Cons: A little involved setting up (use newest drivers not CD) but well worth the 5-10 minutes fine tuning.

Other Thoughts: Compliments my:
ASUS Sabertooth
i2600k @ 4.5ghz
32gb RAM
2x GTX590's
1200x PSU

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  • Alex M.
  • 4/1/2013 3:40:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsStay away

Pros: Easy install (no surprise with PCIE), sounds good (when it works)

Cons: This card doesn't work reliably. Sound crackles and pops, right and left channels cut in and out to the point where it is almost unusable. Have made a full run of attempts to correctly disable motherboard audio settings, load latest drivers, etc - also installed the card into a fresh build. Problems persisted across both speakers and headphones, even with all the fancy settings on the card disabled. STAY AWAY from this product.

Other Thoughts: I didn't purchase this card from NewEgg, otherwise I would've been able to return it (nothing but awesome customer service from NewEgg) - my local retailer wouldn't take it back, so I'm just trying to warn others. Creative Labs offered no useful tech support, simply suggested I re-install drivers and reboot... no kidding...

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  • Beau H.
  • 4/1/2013 9:58:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent card, terrible drivers

Pros: I can't think of any pros that make it stand out over any other soundcard... The on the fly headphone/speaker switch is nice?

Cons: The driver support for this card is abysmal. Incessant crackling that disappears and reappears whenever it feels like it. I think the worst of all though is the apparent and random speaker channel swapping that will make you go crazy. Sitting at the computer listening to music only to have all sound completely shift to only your rightmost speakers is nothing short of obnoxious.

Sure, there is a temporary solution; which is to rapidly scroll back and forth between x.1/stereo/headphone in the drop down menu until it stops... But then just 10 seconds later it shifts again, and it will keep doing it.

Other Thoughts: Just stick to onboard, get an external amp.

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  • frank R.
  • 3/15/2013 11:54:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsGarbage, redefined...

Pros: It looks very pretty, and it fits into my mobo... andddddd, the drivers work? At least it gives me a reason to go back to retailer where I purchased it.

Cons: It sounds like absolute horrid dung, this Recon 3D (scout mode) junk they're pedaling is horse dung at best. The crackling, popping, and hollow base reminded me of the first releases of the XF-I series. A true testament to taking 2 steps backwards...

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these to replace a Creative XF-I Titanium HD, and like all people I bought into the Recon 3D/Scout mode marketing hype... After about 8 to 10 hours of playing different FPS's and meddling with settings. Playing various bouts of music, and watching the occasional video on YouTube; I've come to the conclusion that I've wasted my gas, a credit transaction, and part of my life on marketing hype.

Though, it happens to the best of us... I think my next purchase will be an ASUS Xonar, I seem to be having very good luck with ASUS products and I'm 1 for 3 with Creative being I had to RMA my old Extreme Music back in the day...

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  • Joshua M.
  • 3/12/2013 6:32:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Sounds good when it works.

Cons: Bought this card for Battlefield 3. This card crackles and pops on just about every other map in Battlefield. DO NOT BUY IF YOU ARE RUNNING SLI. Still waiting on a fix from Creative. Their customer service is non existent. The crackling is so bad I can't even play. Just pulled this brick out and went back to onboard sound. Please don't support this company!

Other Thoughts: Worst money I have ever spent. Will never buy another product from Creative again.

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