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Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro series Review

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After vigorously testing both cards, I'd have to say the Fatal1ty was a cut above the rest. It blew the integrated sound card out of the water. The volume of the Fatal1ty was much louder overall. The sound did not crackle at max volume like the P5B's did. If I were to base this test purely on its gaming improvement potential, I would have to say that if you are a gamer and you still use integrated sound, you have peaked in your skill level. The ability to hear your enemy before he hears you is more than enough compensation for $149. If you can scrounge up enough money for the card and not the speakers, buy it anyway. A good pair of headphones still takes advantage of some of the card's abilities, making it leaps and bounds more user friendly than the integrated option.




  • Pure sound quality
  • Great configuring software for new users and professionals alike
  • Gaming experience
  • Loudness



  • This particular version of the card doesn't come with the drive bay input/outputs like the platinum version, which makes it hard to plug in headphones. The drive bay peripheral on the platinum card is also nice for those interested in DJ-ing and want easy input/output access

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Configuration (Continued)
  4. Configuration (Continued)
  5. Specifications
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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