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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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  • 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 Xtreme Audio Sound Card is designed to enhance your PC gaming, music, and movie 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 to give you smoother, cleaner sound!

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.

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 DTS and Dolby Digital EX via a free download of Cyberlink PowerDVD software. Simply pop this card into a vacant PCI-card slot in your desktop, and you’ll have speaker and headphone connections for stereo to 7.1-channel surround sound.

  • newegg X-FI 24-BIT CRYSTALIZER The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer enhances MP3 and movie sound for cleaner and smoother 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 EAX ADVANCED HD supports multiple simultaneous audio environments for exceptionally realistic 3D sound in FPS (first person shooters), MMORPG (massively multiplayer online RPGs), and many more exciting games!

Learn more about the Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster
Model
X-Fi Xtreme

Audio core

Audio Chipset
X-Fi
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
104dB

Ports

Line In
1 x 1/8" mini jack (shared with microphone in)
Line Out
4 x 1/8" mini jacks
SPDIF In
TOSLINK
SPDIF Out
TOSLINK
MIC In
1 x 1/8" mini jack (shared with line in)
Other Ports
Intel HD Audio Compatible Front Panel Header: 2 x 5pin

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition)
System Requirements
Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent
Available PCI Express (x1, x4, x8 or x16) slot
256MB RAM (512MB RAM for Windows Vista)
600MB of free hard disk space
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Headphones or amplified speakers (available separately)
Internet connection to download PowerDVD software

Features

Features
Revitalize your downloaded music and movies

Surround sound from your stereo music and movies

Hear headphone surround that sounds like multichannel speakers

Enjoy realistic sound effects in games

Cinematic surround sound from DVD movies

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days


Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme

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  • Kyle O.
  • 11/29/2014 2:52:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Has optical input and sounds great.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: The software could be better, but it's not awful.

Needed this to run my PS4 off the surround sound I have hooked into my computer and it works perfectly.

Managed to get this on sale for $18.

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  • jerome h.
  • 9/9/2014 11:22:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRefurbished: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: buggy, it killed my windows 7 install after a week. I had 2-3 times a day blue screens and random reboots with this thing in win7 ultimate.
windows finally died and I couldn't get it to reinstall with the card in the system got the error "windows is unable to configure this system" during setup. seems to work ok with win 8.1 though. overall it is not any better than the onboard solution I have though.

Other Thoughts: if you have decent onboard audio don't bother with this esp if you are running win 7

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  • Douglas S.
  • 8/31/2014 11:56:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware

Pros: Take this for what it's worth and it may not be worth much. I would caution anyone against obsessing too much about trying to improve sound or spending too much on trying to improve sound. This is because I have wasted literally thousands of dollars over the past 15 years on "sound", from stereo receivers to speakers, to PC sound cards and headphones. I have for a long time recognized that this has been the biggest waste of money in my entire life, as my expectations were rarely if ever met with these purchases, and many of them simply created a gigantic headache from bugs or compatibility issues.

With that said, I may be hearing some improvement with the creative labs sound software when using my onboard sounds. Again, the creative labs sound card itself, has issues as stated previously. I tested by doing system restores back and forth. So it's possible that my real tek onboard sound is benefiting from the Creative sound software, as it sounds a little fuller now and not so flat. But the card itself is worthless.

One egg for this.

Cons: I Installed this card yesterday. Tested it extensively for 6 hours on a variety of sources from games to movies to music. The bottom line is Tony was 100% right. The only difference in sound for the sound card is from gimmickry in the software, which actually makes it sound worse. The sound card also had a few problems that my onboard sound didn't have, such as slight crackling when playing movies. The worse problem though, was the "line in" was significantly worse than my onboard one. I ended up removing the soundcard before I went to bed.

The Sound card I purchased was a Creative Labs X Fi. This company has a long history of actually having both buggy hardware and software, which explains the slight crackling and the line in issues I experienced. I thought that with windows 7 that I would have lower risk of having issues than with my previous experiences in years past. Unfortunately, I had just as many issues if not more.

As far as just outputting sound aside from the line in issues, I think what Tony said is 100% correct. The Creative sound card hardware does exactly the same as onboard sound. It simply converts digital to analogue and nothing more. Then Creative's gimmicky software is what makes the difference in how it sounds. But at the end of the day, the pure sound through my onboard sound, was just better, and even has less artifacts and "noise" than the Creative sound card. In fact, my onboard sound has no artifacts whatsoever that I can hear.

So I was disappointed. But lesson learned.

Other Thoughts: I used Windows 7 64 bit. I know, it doesn't list this as being supported, but I have experienced similar issues with Creative labs cards going back to windows XP and before, crackly sound and bad drivers. So this just seems par for the coarse.

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  • Marshall M.
  • 8/21/2014 12:56:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little sound card

Pros: Sound is great, works very well. great price

Cons: none so far

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  • Jerry B.
  • 8/15/2014 11:36:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice sound

Pros: Well packaged. Driver disk has newer drivers and apps than Creative site. For a low priced card works amazingly
well. Well worth the price.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have bought a lot of refurb items over the years. Pleasantly surprised at quality of packaging and usable driver disk. You will not be disappointed.

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  • William A.
  • 7/24/2014 10:51:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer beware - DOA

Pros: The one I bought new a few months back works fine.
However there are NO pros to this one since it was dead out odf the box

Cons: It arrived on time (thanks, NewEgg). BUT it was DOA. I tried it in 4 machines (2 Win7, 2 Linux) and it doesn't register in any of them. I have to assume that although it's supposed to be "refurbished" the refurbishment didn't work. It's dead and I'll have to return it.

So now I get the joy of returning it at my expense to get my money back.

DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMENDED

Other Thoughts: I have another of these in a machine here (I'm make my living as a software architect and have several machine in my local lan in my (home) virtual office. So when I saw this I thought it was a good price and I ordered one.

Big mistake.

Now I'll have to pay to ship the dead board back to NewEgg. (I'll reserve comments on having to pay shipping to return a dead board.)

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  • HOWARD H.
  • 6/4/2014 4:22:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Spent $27.00 for a refurb and it works great! Thank you Newegg for being the best in the business!!!

Cons: None so far

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  • aaron p.
  • 5/19/2014 3:59:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggstrying to get 5.1 in game using home theater amp

Pros: Easy to install n easy to download drivers n works as expected if using analog connectors

Cons: bought to hook up using spdif n once all ready n working found device would not put out 5.1 sound in game using spdif unless watching a movie. Had to remove n use hdmi cables out of video card to home amp n then sent video from amp to monitor to get 5.1 in game.

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  • Carmen O.
  • 2/3/2014 8:12:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcelletnt

Pros: Good device if you want to attach a optical link. Windows 7 read it right away and I went to the creative site for the updates. Works like a charm. Games sound amazing.

Cons: NONE

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  • William B.
  • 2/1/2014 2:56:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSB X-Fi XtremeMusic PCIe

Pros: Small
Unobtrusive

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It arrived on 3 days which is nice free shipping. I already knew this was essentially a SB Audigy with more advanced features so that's ok. The listed SNR is @ 104db vs. the full retail & OEM version of this card listed @ SNR 100db listed here at newegg not sure about that maybe this is an older model, but i'll take it.

Firstly it looked new in the white box bubble wrapped and was full of documentation plus the CD.I installed this in a 970A-G46 MSI motherboard in the second PCIe slot which runs @ 8x. It installed just fine. First I installed the drivers directly from Creative, which gave me only the bare audio panel the same as an Audigy SE, so I ended up installing from the CD (new drivers anyway) and it loaded the X-Fi type control panel with bass adjust-bass cutoff-freq., CMSS-3D, Crystalizer, EQ etc.... only one mode for this card vs. a real X-Fi (yes I had a real X-fi back in the day) but the entertainment mode works just fine.

I'm a heavy gamer and I like CMSS-3D spatial gaming positioning vs Dolby that I have on my other card (Asus Xonar DG). Dolby on that card is somewhat gimmicky IMO be-it DH1-2-3 it sounds like tin-can reverb. This cards FP HD Audio case connector works great there was no loss in volume ( headphone amplification) vs. the rear connector that I could discern. Bare sound is about equal the Asus Xonar when no effects applied, and the overall volume and clarity is equal to the Xonar's "Pro-Gaming Mode" headphone amplifier selection (the one in the middle) so the volume on this card is just perfect. This Creative card works best with a 30-32 Ohm headset. Onboard audio is "ok" as it's ALC 892 Realtek but nowhere close to this card in so far as real listening and gaming/DVD with a good set of cans. What set this card apart was CMSS-3D and the Crystalizer. Oh, and powerDVD 9 was nice and it's free when you install from the DVD. Of course like any true geek I use VLC but PowerDVD 9 has a better picture, and if you get into the settings (control-c) and then audio, select "laptop mode" for more volume then you're good to go. I have not had any issues with the Creative X-Fi Xtreme PCIe thus far games are great movies are great! No complaints here. Was a like-new card for $25.00 shipped. Can't beat that deal.

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