Discover the SoundBlaster X-Fi models. What are the differences, what do the models have in common.
What does X-RAM really do? Read about the extra 64MB onboard RAM on the SoundBlaster X-Fi.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The Four X-Fi Models
Creative Labs introduced 4 SoundBlaster X-Fi sound cards: The X-Fi XtremeMusic, the X-Fi Platinum, the X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS and finally the X-Fi Elite Pro.
|» Differences on the card itself|
» Package content differences
|X-Fi I/O Drive|
|X-Fi I/O Console|
» Software differences
|Music Creation Guide|
|X-Fi Music Creation Software CD|
The first difference when it comes to the sound card itself is the amount of onboard RAM (X-RAM) on the Fatal1ty FPS and the Elite Pro versions. The goal is to boost performance even further by loading sounds into dedicated audio RAM rather than system RAM. The XtremeMusic and the Platinum cards come with 2MB onboard RAM.
The other more technial difference is the use of different converters on the Elite Pro model. It has Cirrus Logic CS4398 D/A converters and an AKM AK5394 A/D converter. The other models are equipped with Cirrus Logic CS4382 D/A converters and a Wolfson WM8775 circuit.
This is how the X-RAM looks on the card.
The I/O Drive which is featured in both the Platinum and the Fatal1ty FPS version is the same model only having a different name printed in the upper right corner.
The X-Fi Music Creation Software CD only comes with the Elite Pro card. It contains Steinberg Cubase LE which is a powerful music creation tool, Steinberg WaveLab Lite a sound editing application and IK Multimedia's Amplitube LE.