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Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS 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 Fatal1ty sound card is designed to enhance your PC gaming experience. Named for professional gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, 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 and immersing you in the game environment.

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. There's 64MB of onboard RAM as well, freeing up demands on your PC's memory and increasing overall gaming performance.

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-ES and Dolby Digital EX duties. The Crystalizer and CMSS-3D technology also team together to improve your digital music and let you "SuperRip" your CDs boosting the fidelity of ripped audio above that of low-quality MP3 files. 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-RAM X-RAM allows high quality audio samples to be loaded into dedicated audio RAM rather than system RAM for a further boost in performance beyond standard Sound Blaster X-Fi technology in certain implementations.
  • 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 Fatal1ty FPS

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
SOUND BLASTER X-Fi
Model
Fatal1ty FPS

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
Dolby Digital EX, DTS-EX

Ports

Line In
Yes
SPDIF In
RCA
SPDIF Out
RCA
MIC In
Yes
CD/Aux In
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
EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0
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
64MB of X-RAM
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(tm) Fatal1ty FPS PCI Card
X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS I/O Drive
Quick Start Leaflet
Remote Control
2x mini MIDI to standard MIDI adapter cables
3.50 mm (1/8-inch) to 6.35 mm (1/4-inch) plug adapter
2x Batteries (AA)
Driver Disk

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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  • Josh L.
  • 7/24/2007 8:10:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply Amazing!

Pros: Absolutely the best sound I have ever heard come from a computer, its even better than a lot of home theater systems ive heard, and I only use 5.1 computer speakers with this... My games sound a lot better, even those that dont support the xram.

Cons: pretty much the only cons I see are the drivers being slightly buggy with the remote (at least for me, but they work fine otherwise) fact that it only comes with 1 1/4 stereo jack-to-3.5mm converter, and you can buy those anywhere for like $2.

Other Thoughts: 24-bit crystallizer does definitely make music sound a lot better!

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  • Robert B.
  • 7/22/2007 10:55:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsok

Pros: Capable of very good sound in games and music. More in/outs than I'll ever use.

Cons: Stupid ribbon cable. Creative continues to suppy the worst user's manual I've ever seen. Generally cheap packaging.

Other Thoughts: In/out front panel was D.O.A. Tracked the problem to a short in the headphone level control which was shorting out the front panel. Too bad, the front panel was the reason I bought this board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2007 6:42:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding card

Pros: Incredible sound, many features.

Cons: My only complaint is with Creative not this card, I wish creative would allow for use of their cards headers with the case audio jacks without needing to build your own cable.

Other Thoughts: Many reviewers have stated this card doesn't work with Vista, I have been using it with Vista since March and I have yet to have a problem. The card blows away my old Audigy 2 using my Klipsch Pro-Media 5.1 speakers.

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  • Mitch Z.
  • 6/16/2007 11:04:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome sound card

Pros: Whenever i kill someone in unreal tournament 2004, the soundcard plays a "WOOOO COME ON!!" .wav file. It really pumps me up. What a great addition to an already awesome sound card.

Cons: There's a weird problem i'm encountering. On ventrilo all of my teammates sound like they're talking with a lisp. It's worth it though!

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  • Mitch Z.
  • 6/16/2007 11:02:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDOesnt work

Pros: Looks cool

Cons: I tried plugging this into my laptop but it didn't even come with the right plugs!!! Bad!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/16/2007 12:53:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExactly what I needed... May not be for others.

Pros: Amazing sound through my Logitech X-530 speakers. Front CD-ROM slot bezel is simply awesome, and the reason I chose this. Its optical input allows you to input something such as an Xbox 360's sound and have the card decode it to the PC analog (3 mini jack) surround speakers, in 5.1 surround. Also has inputs for RCA audio so my over the air HDTV tuner works too, all without having to buy a receiver, another set of speakers, or swapping cables constantly. Honestly the product is superb in almost every way.

Cons: Here's why I said 'almost' every way. Instruction manuals can be understood by 5 year olds... That's all fine and good, but it's because they're almost 100% pictures. Need support for the software? Umm... Figure that out yourself, sign up for their forums, or wait days for a generic response from their support team. Sometimes the settings in the software don't
'stick' in my situation. It kinda forgets some of the settings I enabled for some reason, and I have to re-enable them every time I want to use them. One example of this is the DTS decoder. This is what allows use of 5.1 surround through the SPDIF input (Xbox 360 Optical Audio in my case). To enable this in your situation, go to the Creative Audio Console (in the Creative programs list under X-Fi) and choose the tab SPDIF I/O, then select Dolby Digital/DTS SPDIF-in Decode to enable. Xbox 360 will play sound for the logo, and then the sound craps out on you if you don't re-enable that every time you restart your pc.

Other Thoughts: (Continued) This setting doesn't seem to remember itself, and annoyingly has to be fixed constantly. The other option is to have your 360 send stereo sound, but that's lame. Either way, the great quality everywhere else isn't enough to downrate this to 4 eggs... It's quite simply a nitpicky con.

If you simply want the card itself, and don't need all the inputs and remote, get the XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series (Newegg # N82E16829102005). If you don't need X-Ram, which isn't really used, get the XtremeGamer (N82E16829102006). If you need everything, but want an external media box (PC not close to media center, etc.) Get the Elite: (N82E16829102191).

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/15/2007 7:16:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine for me in XP

Pros: Exceptional sound clarity in all ranges. My 7.1 speakers are now the limiting factor. Picked up a few FPS in most games.

Cons: Increases heat load when sandwiched between SLI cards. Make sure your cooling is good.

Other Thoughts: Haven't experienced any of the SCP issues that have plagued others. E6700, 680i, 4G OCZ, 2x8800GTS SC.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/26/2007 6:57:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIf you run vista run away from this card

Pros: Has killer sound and apps in xp.
Has features that are unmatched.

Cons: Is not supported by creative in vista! I'm back to using onboard sound because of this. There's a huge outcry of owners over at the creative forum.

Other Thoughts: In xp this card is excellent with fully functional features. In vista this card is unsupported by creative and becomes a paper weight. I'm so disgusted with creative that I won't buy anything else from them. I had to rate it excellent because in xp this card is excellent with all of its features activated and functional.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/24/2007 11:43:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: great sound - amazing in BF2 but haven't been able to use the aux ports in the frot for a separate headset to use in TS or vent. Instead I run my headset through the mobo and the game sound through the card. Haven't had a problem yet.

Cons: overpriced, only buy this one if you really need the front aux ports otherwise they are a waste. No to mention they are over sized inputs.

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  • Hahn C.
  • 5/24/2007 10:14:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid This Card

Pros: The blue X-FI light on the card looks cool. Sweet!!! But I can't hear anything...

Cons: Card was 100% unusable on Vista, even with latest drivers from Creative (dated March 2007). The install CD won't even work on Vista. Most frustrating aspect is that sometimes the install would work and I could hear audio, only to have it fail 3 minutes later (usually coupled with BSODs). Most times, however, I'd get the famous "no supported device could be found" error. Look around on Google, Usenet and even on the Creative forums. This card has problems on Vista. I've consistently bought the top of the line offerings from Creative before. After this, forget it. Oh, and the Creative installer puts on the "Register Your Product" application on your system even if the install completely fails. Nice. Really.

Other Thoughts: Yeah, some people have had success with this on Vista. But at varying degrees. On SLI systems, there would be lockups, distorted sounds and of course BSODs. By the way, even though the "drivers" are available, most of the functionality on the original software discs isn't available on Vista as of yet (this is assuming you CAN get the drivers to work). Lastly, because of changes to how audio works on Vista, you need what essentially amounts to a hack (third party software needed) to get audio acceleration for your old games (by old I mean XP games). You know, the on-board audio isn't that bad after all.

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