Bought X-fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro

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Earlier in the week I was mentioning how my older Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum Pro doesn’t work with my new iBuyPower system with Windows 7 64 bit Operating System.  This mean’t that I had to stick with the motherboard sound which I heard isn’t too bad on the Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard but still can’t compare to a dedicated high end sound card if you are a gamer.  I did have a set of Creative 5.1 surround speakers for my PC and I had tried fiddling with the volume on my motherboard sound and just could never get it to produce enough volume for some of my apps no matter how much I tweaked the sound and volume controls in the Control Panel, App, or the Realtek Audio Manager itself.

[easyazon-image-link asin=”B0018EFGTM” alt=”Creative Labs SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Sound Card” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BVcdjSMAL.jpg” align=”left” width=”250″ ]As a result I broke down and bought the [easyazon-link asin=”B0018EFGTM”]Creative Labs SB0886 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro[/easyazon-link] because of the following reasons:

A) On Amazon.com the Fatal1ty version which is normally $149.99 was the same price as the X-fi Titanium was at my local Best Buy combined with no shipping cost this made it a steal!

B) The 109 dB, 64MB XRAM and various hardware accelerations means that it would consume existing system resources to push my gaming sound like motherboard audio would.

I am still a little miffed that Creative discontinued support for a sound card that worked perfectly well forcing users to buy a new sound card when they upgraded operating systems, but I am glad I bought among the best sound card money can buy and it was about 1/2 as much as the Platinum Pro when I bought that one.

Hopefully it should arrive any day now and I can swap it in and do some comparisons to my motherboard sound card.

-Justin Germino

 

 

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Updated: August 14, 2011 — 9:00 pm