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Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • 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 X-Fi Platinum sound card is designed to enhance your system's music, movie, and gaming experience. The card’s 24-bit Crystalizer makes game audio more dynamic and realistic and improves both low and high frequencies, giving you smoother, cleaner sound.

The card's audio processor with Creative's CMSS-3D technology is able to remix your stereo audio into surround sound—even through stereo headphones. And if you enjoy making music as much as listening to it, the Platinum offers precise, low-latency audio recording capabilities without taxing your CPU.

The Crystalizer and CMSS-3D technology also team together to let you "SuperRip" your CDs, boosting the fidelity of your ripped audio above that of low-quality MP3 files. For enjoying your favorite DVDs, the card is THX certified and can handle decoding DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX duties. Plus, the 5.25-inch I/O Drive gives you access to inputs and outputs from the front of your computer and the bundled remote turns your computer into a full entertainment center.

  • 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 With X-Fi CMSS-3D, intelligently upgrades your MP3 music, movies and games to surround sound using your multi-channel speakers.
  • newegg X-Fi SuperRip With X-Fi SuperRip technology, rip your CDs into Xtreme Fidelity quality and enjoy permanently enhanced music!
  • 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 Platinum

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
SOUND BLASTER X-Fi
Model
Platinum

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
Hardware Decode
EAX ADVANCED HD

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Front/Rear/Center/Subwoofer/Rear Center
SPDIF In
Optical and Coaxial
SPDIF Out
Optical and Coaxial
MIDI/Joystick
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
External Box
Yes
Remote Control
Yes
System Requirements
Genuine Intel Pentium III 1 GHz, AMD 1 GHz processor or faster
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard chipset
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
256MB RAM
600MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI 2.1 slot for the audio card
CD-ROM/CD-RW or CD/DVD-ROM required for software installation
Graphics card with DirectX 9 and OpenGL compliant 3D graphics accelerator

Features

Features
24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at 96kHz sample rate
24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at 96kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output
24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources at 192kHz to stereo output
16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
ASIO 2.0 support at 16-bit/44.1kHz, 16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/44.1kHz 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/96kHz with direct monitoring
Enhanced SoundFont support at up to 24-bit resolution
FlexiJack (Performing a 3-in-1 function, Digital In / Line In / Microphone) via 3.50mm mini jack
Line level out (Front / Rear / Center / Subwoofer / Rear Center) via 3.50mm mini jacks
AUX_IN line-level analog input via 4-pin Molex connector on card
One AD_Link (26 pin) connector for linking to the X-Fi I/O Console (upgrade option)

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster X-Fi PCI Card
X-Fi I/O Drive
Remote Control
2 x Cables
3.50 mm (1/8-inch) to 6.35 mm (1/4-inch) plug adapter
2x Batteries (AA)
Quick Start Leaflet
Screws for assembly
2x mini MIDI to standard MIDI adapter cables
Driver Disk

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs Platinum

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  • Patrick C.
  • 2/12/2007 1:24:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhy no connector to case jacks?

Pros: If it works, then it sounds GREAT.

Cons: Bad card initially. Troubleshooting was painful and wore me down. I recently built a new comp with a 680i nforce chipset, so I thought that had something to do with it. I updated all bios', chipsets, etc. and no sound. Called Creative and their support, while somewhat responsive, was horribly uneducated. Eventually I got the card RMA'd and the new one worked fine, first boot.

Other Thoughts: Why doesn't Creative put a connector on the card so you can connect it to your case audio jacks? I don't know if there is some technical reason why that cant be done, but having to use the large earphone and mic jacks to small jack adapter is ANNOYING. the things stick out a couple inches from the case. For the price of this card you should be able to connect it to your case audio jacks for easy access when you use reguar headphones/mic.

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2 out of 5 eggsSTAY AWAY STAY AWAY

Pros: it sounds great at first!

Cons: GO TO CREATIVES FORUMS AND READ ABOUT ALL THE PROBLEMS!

Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY, PROBLEM AFTER PROBLEMS WITH MANY DIFFERENT MOTHERBOARDS, CREATIVES FAULT, NOT NVIDIA!

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2007 5:29:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: No other company has ever come close to matching Creative Labs sound quality.

I had the SB Live on my old PC, and got this one a few months back to replace onboard. I have never heard anything like it.

The sound quality is amazing, I can pick out details in everything I listen to that I never even knew were there.

Crystalzer makes things sound better than they could without. Clearer, crisper, sharper, more defined.

As always, Creative offers the top of the line audio solution. If you can afford it, this is the ultimate audio solution.

Cons: Switching between audio modes is somewhat annoying, but the sound difference is noticable. I just wish they had a button on the front panel or something.

Crystalizer can pick up on noise in poorly recorded audio and cause crackle. But if you are listening to poorly recorded audio why buy a X-Fi right?

Other Thoughts: Bottom line, this card is amazing. I have never had a cleaner sound on any system.

Dont use the drivers on the CD, download the latest version from creatives site.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2007 9:31:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Extremely high quality sound. Using this with hardware re-sampling on winamp for almost noiseless analog sound on my z-5300e. Awesome capacity for music creation (at least as far as non-professional hardware goes.) Can plug in my guitar just like an amp, use many different reverb and distortion effects and record to mp3. Gaming performance is great, especially for games that support EAX. Can hear soo many things in BF2142 and hl2, I never knew gaming could sound so good.

Cons: Pricey for a sound card. Annoying to switch between different modes. Remote control only works with Creative's software (to my knowledge), which is terrible to say the least.

Other Thoughts: If you aren't going to use the card for music creation, get a cheaper version without the I/O port. Also, don't buy this if you have cheap speakers, it won't do anything for you. I upgraded from an Audigy 2 SE, the sound is waay better.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/3/2007 5:34:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Soundcard

Pros: Live Drive I/O bay is very handy, sound quality is vastly superior to any mobo sound I've had, utility for configuration is easy to use, IT DOES DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 and DTS-ES DECODING!!! I was very happy about this one! the different modes (Entertainment, Authoring, Gaming) are very handy,almost too many connections! Had an awesome rebate too when I bought.

Cons: The remote is functional but a little kludgy...not much else.

Other Thoughts: The rebate made this deal so very very sweet. I would say the addition of EAX HD to my gaming experience alone was worth the purchase, but all the extras were the gravy.

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  • Mariano d.
  • 1/29/2007 6:43:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This card has everything a non professional would like. Easy to access connector on the front a nice remote control and a superb sound.

Cons: No Linux drivers or whatsoever. Creative have promised drivers by Q2-07. Let's see.

Other Thoughts: You can't go wrong with this board (unless you are a Linux only user), The front connection panel and remote are great.

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  • Joe T.
  • 1/29/2007 10:22:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLame

Pros: Decent sound. Especially in game. Crystallizer is good for people who like fake sound.

Cons: Where do I start...first, my card broke after about a month. RMAing it to creative right now, I don't expect it back for another month...had to battle with email support for a month before I could RMA. Secondly, the sound isn't that great. THe crystallizer DOESN'T upmix to 24 bit...what I mean is that it's impossible to do so. THe card is simply guessing as to what information was taken out of the file when it was converted to mp3 or wave, then puts it back into the file. It doesn't sound anything like true 24 bit files. Also, the crystallizer doesn't do much for the sound, either. It only makes the transients more presents and eq's the high end a little bit. Gives a very fake sound, not like true uncompressed digital audio. The car also doesn't feature a surround sound encoder...this means you can't get surround from S/PDIF for games or music...you can get it only if the source was originally encoded with surround...

Other Thoughts: ...there are cheaper cards that have an encoder. Mode switching is LAME. Having to switch form ent. mode to game mode when playing games sucks, and you can't listen to music while it's in game mode (sounds really bad). Not happy with that at all. Also, drivers and included software are very bloated. Takes up quite a bit of resources. Also, can't listen to good digital sound since it has to be resampled. Digital outs only playback at 48 KHz. Not really creative's fault (thanks RIAA...), but you should know. I can only think of one card that allows 44.1 KHz.

Make sure you know what your getting into before buying this card. I've seen a lot of people who've had bad experiences with the X-Fi's. Maybe get an audigy instead...

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  • Josh K.
  • 1/27/2007 6:14:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest ever!

Pros: Where to start? Sound quality is TOP NOTCH! I/O panel is very convenient (especially for switching from speakers to headphones this makes the switch so much more easier); Optical audio in/out. Optical output is really the way to go! I have it hooked up to my Logitech Z-5500's and it sounds absolutely amazing. Some people are complaining about not having Dolby Digital support, but it has optical output and for Logitech z-5500's thats all you need, it has a built in DTS decoder built in.

Cons: To get DTS to work with my speakers it takes some tinkering. The I/O panel connects using an IDE cable lookalike which really sucks if you have a windowed case. Remote only works with Creative's Software, which is a waste of disk space. But my speakers have a wireless remote so i didn't take off points for that. Optical cables not included, you would think since your getting so many different other cables that it would include these.

Other Thoughts: Sometimes i get a buzzing/hissing noise, but its just because the line2 or w/e is unmuted, if you mute it Boom it goes away. If you want DTS then just buy speakers with it built in and use this sound card i guarantee you wont be disappointed.

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  • john c.
  • 1/25/2007 6:49:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: The sound quality on this card is great, the I/0 panel makes life a million times easier, and it is great overall, probably the best sound card on the market.

Cons: MMM...it is Very hard to think of a con....ahh i know, the only con is that people aren't handing them out on the street.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this card to anyone who is looking for a sound card. No matter what budget you are on, just spend the extra money, sell your pet or something if you need the money, its worth it. I would buy this card 100 times and then 100 more times.

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  • Stephen S.
  • 1/21/2007 7:03:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnForce 4 DO NOT BUY

Pros: This card has amazing sound and the front I/O panel is very nice.
The remote is good and useful.

Cons: This card has enormous problems with nForce 4 mobos. I'm going to have to RMA mine because it causes so many problems.

Other Thoughts: If you value your time and have an nForce 4 mobo don't buy this card. You'll probably spend 10+ hours trying to get it to work, talking to tech support, and then actually installing it.

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