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Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good Sound, Poor Documentation 12/23/2013

This review is from: Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Shipped with outdated drivers, had to be updated to work.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a home theater PC to drive optical surround sound out to a surround receiver.I installed the drivers from the included disk and it appeared to work, but only in stereo. It took hours of fiddling to find the right combination of settings to get Dolby digital sound out in SPDIF. I was about to call for an RMA when I found the right combination of settings for it to work. You have to dig around the in the Creative website knowledgebase solutions area to find a list of what modes are supported. First update the drivers from the Creative website. The circa 2010 ones included did not support the THX features. Second, if you are using the optical digital output, set the sound device to SPDIF as default in Windows. Then set Dolby digital live to on in Creative control panel. It still does not pass the Windows sound test with surround sound but at least PowerDVD does play movies with 5.1 sound. I have bought and liked Creative Soundblasters since the ISA bus 8 bit days but they have slipped in features, documentation, and included software from those days.

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Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model KVR667D2K2SO/2GR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Upgraded a Dell E1505, Windows XP from 1GB-533MHz to 2GB-667MHz memory. 5 minutes to install (remove the laptop battery before install). The system booted and recognized bigger memory and faster speed after 30 seconds of "thinking" about it. The laptop is noticeably faster. Before memory upgrade, it would crash continuously running Sims 3. Now it runs same program with no problems.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This was a cheap way to add life to a 2.5 year old laptop.

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Jeffrey E.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey E.

Date Joined: 12/10/02

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 07/06/09
  • Last Review: 12/23/13
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