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

GF City Computers
Price: $149.99 USD


Remember, if you will, a time when Sierra and Lucas Arts first started pumping out games with sound that used external speakers. Many of you were just as awestruck as I was to hear sound not muffled by the inside of your computer. Today, sound cards have come a long way from their humble beginnings. They have become a must-have item for any gaming rig. Sound Blaster has been a force to be reckoned with since it pumped out its first sound cards back in the 80's. With a world of 'integrated everything' is it still worthwhile? Some still scoff at the thought of dropping anywhere from $150-300 on a moderate sound card and there are some that still feel integrated audio is good enough. Let's see how this audio powerhouse stacks up against integrated audio and open it up to see if it really is worth it or not.

"Since launching the phenomenally successful Sound Blaster sound cards and setting the de facto standard for PC audio in 1989, Creative has been able to leverage on its leading-edge audio technology, huge user base and strong brand name to expand into the exciting lifestyle Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) market. Today, Creative is widely recognized as a global leader for product innovation in the audio and PDE segments, offering consumers a complete, high quality digital entertainment experience through Creative's hardware, software applications and services. Finding the perfect balance between form and function, Creative strives for every product to be a sensory feast for the eyes and ears."


Closer Look:

The sound card is an OEM version of the X-Fi. The card comes shipped in an anti-static bag and includes 2 driver disks: one for Vista and the other for XP. It also includes a game demo disk that includes both Battlefield 2 and F.E.A.R.


The card has one mic port and three output ports (right to left green, black, orange) as well as one AD link port.


Below you will see the accessories package contents, along with the driver disks and manual.


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