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Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card PCI-Express - OEM - £27.60 + 3% Quidco @ Novatech
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card PCI-Express - OEM - £27.60 + 3% Quidco @ Novatech

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card PCI-Express - OEM - £27.60 + 3% Quidco @ Novatech

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Maximise the audio potential of your new PCI Express-ready PC. Upgrade your new PC to award-winning Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio! Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express transforms MP3 music and movies over headphones or surround sound speakers. X-Fi Crystalizer restores the details and vibrancy lost during MP3 and DivX compression, breathing life back into any audio. X-Fi CMSS-3D expands stereo music and movie sound tracks into amazing surround sound even over regular headphones, with OpenAL and EAX 4.0 support for enhanced gaming. The perfect addition to PCI Express-ready PCs, this Windows Vista compliant card features extended connectivity thanks to its integrated digital optical input and output.

Features
- Full height Windows Vista compliant PCI Express card for the latest desktop PCs.
- X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer restores the details and vibrancy lost during audio compression, enhancing MP3/WMA music, DivX movies, TV and radio.
- X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround up-mixes MP3 audio to 5.1 or 7.1 surround. X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone delivers incredible surround sound for movies and music over stereo headphones.
- Free download of Cyberlink's PowerDVD software with DTS® and Dolby Digital®-EX decoding for the ultimate in DVD movies. Enjoy immersive gaming over headphones with OpenAL and EAX 4.0 support.
- Entertainment Console gives easy setup and control.
- Comprehensive connectivity includes an integrated digital optical input and output.

Shipping Costs

Free for Established forum members.
Economy Service £1.99
Next Day £5.99

16 Comments

+ shipping charges, Could you amend by any chance to include these? Postage is only free to extensive posting forum members.

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Be careful, I had an X-FI extreme card, and it was a glorified audio interface, all the processing was done in software so it would tax the cpu, which obviously isnt good for games. I'm not sure if this one is the same, best to check is my advice.

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cicobuff;4821989

+ shipping charges, Could you amend by any chance to include these? … + shipping charges, Could you amend by any chance to include these? Postage is only free to extensive posting forum members.



Postal charges are different for different areas which is why I don't include them. If it doesn't say free delivery on the title then the assumption is that delivery will be on top of this.

Great deal - I have a novacrap near Portsmouth so I might pop over and grab one

AntiHeroUK;4822066

Postal charges are different for different areas which is why I don't … Postal charges are different for different areas which is why I don't include them. If it doesn't say free delivery on the title then the assumption is that delivery will be on top of this.



I dont know why its different unless not UK mainland, I am not a member of Novatech yet it just let me add one to my basket, and assuming the delivery is UK mainlad then a snail mail but good postage charge of 1.99 (delivered Mon 13th April) or 5.99 next working day (excluding weekends)

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cicobuff;4822183

I dont know why its different unless not UK mainland, I am not a member … I dont know why its different unless not UK mainland, I am not a member of Novatech yet it just let me add one to my basket, and assuming the delivery is UK mainlad then a snail mail but good postage charge of 1.99 (delivered Mon 13th April) or 5.99 next working day (excluding weekends)



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Have some heat, good price from a great reseller

BFM

AntiHeroUK;4822310

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Cheers, voted hot..sensible shipping prices if you select the economy option.

Ideal If you've bought a ML115.

mamboboy;4822103

Another reason why people should avoid this company (Creative) when it … Another reason why people should avoid this company (Creative) when it comes to buying sound cards. This is actually using the same chipset as the older Audigy SE model and is not a 'real' X-FI - how they can get away with it is behind meI've vowed never to buy any creative components ever again seeing as their after-care support is almost non existent. They've even stopped adding EAX support for their older non x-fi models, and are producing frankly awful drivers when it comes to Vista. which is shocking really. Another reason of their inadequacy is their 'support' for my Zen 60GB. The tiny audio jack cover went missing and they simply refused to offer any support other than 'buy a new player from us' because it was a few days out of warranty. Alright, I didn't expect them to fix it, but hell, just charge me a few quid and send the part ffs! In comparison I bought a used Belkin router from Ebay which was missing the power adapter. A few minutes on the phone to Belkin support and they'd put one in the post free of charge for me. Motherboard onboard sound has gotten so much better over the years. My realtek HD sound is a lot deeper and crisper than my Audigy 2, not only that, but it handles 24-bit output A LOT better.If you want to buy a card then go for an Auzentech.



Whilst I can agree with some of yout comments relating to Creatives poor support for OS changes (even before vista) and I didnt even realise until just how bad this card is having the same chipset as the Audigy 2 but having X-FI drivers...terrible. I somehow find though that Realtek HD doesn't sound any crisper than an Audigy 2 for sure.

Auzentech? What about Asus Xonar?

This is a fairly awful card and should be avoided at any price. If you want an X-FI card that is a real step up from on board I would recommend going for any of the others in the range but not this one. As said previously it isn't much more than a rebranded Audigy 4 SE that was also a terrible card all those years ago.

Just a way of getting a toslink digital out. There's no reason anyone would actually want to use the X-Fi so called 'enhancements'.

mamboboy;4822103

Another reason why people should avoid this company (Creative) when it … Another reason why people should avoid this company (Creative) when it comes to buying sound cards. This is actually using the same chipset as the older Audigy SE model and is not a 'real' X-FI - how they can get away with it is behind meI've vowed never to buy any creative components ever again seeing as their after-care support is almost non existent. They've even stopped adding EAX support for their older non x-fi models, and are producing frankly awful drivers when it comes to Vista. which is shocking really. Another reason of their inadequacy is their 'support' for my Zen 60GB. The tiny audio jack cover went missing and they simply refused to offer any support other than 'buy a new player from us' because it was a few days out of warranty. Alright, I didn't expect them to fix it, but hell, just charge me a few quid and send the part ffs! In comparison I bought a used Belkin router from Ebay which was missing the power adapter. A few minutes on the phone to Belkin support and they'd put one in the post free of charge for me. Motherboard onboard sound has gotten so much better over the years. My realtek HD sound is a lot deeper and crisper than my Audigy 2, not only that, but it handles 24-bit output A LOT better.If you want to buy a card then go for an Auzentech.



I know how you feel. I made the mistake of buying an audio interface from their professional line a few years ago, and the driver support was something incredible. They flat-out refused to even make the drivers available online for about the first year of the product being available, when they did make them available it took them an absurdly long period to support 64bit, and even today, they don't support mixing of any kind, so if Winamp is playing some music, you can forget playing a youtube video at the same time, because it just couldn't handle sound from two apps simultaneously. Utter rubbish.

Thankfully, I kept the box and kept the gear in perfect condition (surprisingly easy, given how little I was able to use it), so I didn't lose much when I re-sold it. But for what's basically a USB soundcard for £150, you kind-of expect more, don't you?

mamboboy;4822103

Another reason why people should avoid this company (Creative) when it … Another reason why people should avoid this company (Creative) when it comes to buying sound cards. This is actually using the same chipset as the older Audigy SE model and is not a 'real' X-FI - how they can get away with it is behind me



The same way every other company in the industry can get away with it, graphics card companies are notorious for this and at least creative don't go out of their way to disguise it like nvidia/ATI do.

mamboboy;4822103

I've vowed never to buy any creative components ever again seeing as … I've vowed never to buy any creative components ever again seeing as their after-care support is almost non existent. They've even stopped adding EAX support for their older non x-fi models, and are producing frankly awful drivers when it comes to Vista. which is shocking really.



The only other company producing mid-range £50 sound cards are Asus though, who I've also found to have a pretty poor software division.

Actually, creative seem to have gotten better recently. I bought an X-fi titanium in october and it had bluescreen issues but I went onto the website and downloaded the latest beta driver which cleared them up completely and since then I believe they're released two more non-beta updates. I've no had any EAX issues yet either, and the only outstanding issue I've got is that the creative volume control panel resets when using S3 STR - not a big issue since it's just the windows volume control with a bigger dial so shutting it off doesn't cause any hardship. This is on Vista 64-bit.

EndlessWaves;4831140

The same way every other company in the industry can get away with it, … The same way every other company in the industry can get away with it, graphics card companies are notorious for this and at least creative don't go out of their way to disguise it like nvidia/ATI do.



You could have fooled me.
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