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Sunday, October 15, 2006

New SoundBlaster X-Fi Cards

Out of nowhere two new SoundBlaster soundcards joined the X-Fi Family. The SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeGamer and the SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio. Prices of the new cards are a lot lower compared to the original X-Fi cards. The X-Fi XtremeGamer comes with a price tag of $99.99 and the X-Fi Xtreme Audio at just $69.99.

Both new X-Fi's have support for Creative's 24bit Crystalizer, EAX ADVANCED HD and CMSS-3D but lack the 64MB onboard RAM known as X-RAM.

SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Specifications:

- 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

- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)
- Stereo Output 109dB
- Front and Rear Channels 109dB
- Center, Subwoofer and Side Channels 109dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (20kHz Low-pass filter) = 0.004%
- Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ) 10Hz to 46kHz
- Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/192kHz input) 10Hz to 88kHz (Stereo only)

SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Specifications:

- Playback: 24-Bit/96kHz 7.1
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >108dB (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz: 0.006% (20kHz Low-pass filter)
- Recording: 24-bit/96kHz

So far only a product page is online which you can find here. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.


Blogger crazyaudio said...

some things I noticed about these cards.

the XtremeAudio only has Entertainment Mode (see the manual online for more about this). both the XtremeAudio and XtremeGamer have Intel HD front panel connections (unlike the first X-Fi, but not too important) however you can't use/buy the console or drive bay for them.

And also I just noticed, on the US site, there is a third card; the "Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series" which is the "old" style card, features 64-mb X-Ram and is priced at $149.99. also appears to be supplied card only (i.e. no remote or drive bay).

12:12 PM  
Blogger RosOne said...

Yea, the X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty is actually the "old" Fatal1ty only without the bay :)

12:16 PM  
Blogger jay said...

i'd be a hell of a lot more excited if creative actually announced making drivers that don't break your operating system and hardware.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Dumbo.nl said...

Does this mean that the digital din is back where it should be? Since the first x-fi Creative 'removed' it with this excuse:

"The connection had to be changed so unfortunately it cannot support the digital DIN on these cards, it isn't physically possible to support the digital DIN over that output (it doubles as an input)."

Read:"we need some excuse to sell you the way too expensive drive bay"

Anyway,because the mic and line-in are now on the intel front connector this story doesnt hold up anymore....

So if this fixes that problem and the din is back, then yay! finaly a x-fi usable on a Mediacenter machine which is almost allways mATX and doesnt have any room for that silly drive bay thingy...

1:26 AM  
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