The Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Edition sound cards. Creative has equipped the world’s best professional PC gamers, who has been competing in the Championship Gaming Series (CGS).
Creative’s PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Edition sound cards are promoted as the official card of CGS, with the power to make you as l33t as Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, whose face adorns the box. More interesting is the fact that this is the first PCI Express X-Fi to be worthy of the name, and the first X-Fi to have a ‘Dolby Digital Live!’ encoder for true positional surround sound in games.
Creative has taken a while to release a fully fledged PCI-E sound card (the PCI-E Xtreme Audio performs many of its X-Fi effects using software, as it has only basic hardware), and blames odd latencies in the PCI-E bus for this delay. However, it has obviously now fixed these issues to its satisfaction.
The PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Edition sound cards are sheathed in a black metal shield to block electromagnetic interference from other components in your system. Beneath this, the card looks much like its PCI predecessors.
At its heart is Creative’s X-Fi CA20K2 processor, supported by 64MB of X-RAM memory, an 8-channel Cirrus Logic CS4382 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC), and a 4-channel Wolfson WM8775SEDS analogue-to-digital converter (ADC). The CS4382 certainly produces high-quality audio.
As well as dedicated optical S/PDIF in and out ports, the X-Fi Titanium has the usual four 3.5mm analogue outputs.
Whether you favor digital or analogue audio, the card supports 7.1 surround sound & although you’ll have to supply your own optical cable for digital output, this particular card coupled together with my speakers; Blew my brains out!
Many of the most widely advertised features of Creative’s sound cards are purely software-based. This includes the much-vaunted ‘Dolby Digital Live!’, which encodes the audio from any program into a Dolby Digital bit-stream to be sent via optical S/PDIF to a surround-sound speaker system with a decoder.
The X-Fi Crystalizer is still on hand to interpolate low bit-rate audio, filling the gaps left by the compression process and creating a fuller sound.
It was particularly effective through headphones, even if true audio channel separation is still preferable. The driver also supports ASIO (Audio Stream Input/Output), which allows compatible audio applications to connect directly to the sound card, bypassing Windows’ audio mixing layer to reduce latency.
Perhaps the most useful piece of software included is Creative’s ‘ALchemy’, which restores the 3D audio and EAX effects. With ‘ALchemy’, the card’s EAX 5.0 hardware processing for games continues to make these cards most appealing.
The various effects, such as changes in the sound of footfalls on different surfaces and the reverberation of gunfire in different environments, help to create a sense of total immersion.
This is what i use to enjoy my music, movies, games & to entertain anyone who dares try.
Takes you to a whole new Level Dimension!