“native PCI-E audio with full hardware acceleration in a nice-looking card”

“If you’re a professional gamer, you already know about Creative Labs’ world class sound cards … Unbeatable performance in your games with hardware accelerated audio and X-RAM.”

Realistic EAX® 5.0 sound effects Realistic EAX 5.0 sound effects
Hear crackling gunfire and earth-shattering explosions. EAX 5.0 delivers realistic sound effects that will engage you in long hours of gameplay.
EAX® and 3D audio restoration for Windows Vista® EAX and 3D audio restoration for Windows Vista
Using Windows Vista? Creative ALchemy restores the surround sound effect for the same great gaming experience.
Accurate 3D positional audio Accurate 3D positional audio
Listen to 3D positional audio so accurate, you can locate your enemies through mere sound alone! Plus, the X-Fi CMSS-3D gives you amazing surround sound even with normal stereo headphones.
Boost your audio game performance
Designed for gameplay with ultra-realistic EAX 5.0 sound effects, accelerated performance and a dedicated game mode.
Dolby Digital Live
Connects to your home theater system through a single digital cable (available separately) for compelling 5.1 surround sound.
Cinematic surround sound from DVD movies
Enjoy cinematic DVD movie experiences with THX Certified surround sound and PowerDVD software with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital-EX decoding (Internet connection required).
Revitalize downloaded music and movies
Make all your music sound better with Xtreme Fidelity audio technology which restores the detail and clarity to compressed music files like MP3s.
Windows Vista Compatibility
Certified UAA compliant for maximum Windows Vista compatibility



Technical Specs
24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs: 96kHz sample rate
24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources: 96kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output
24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources: 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: 16bit/44.1kHz,16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/44.1kHz 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/96kHz with direct monitoring
Enhanced SoundFont support: Up to 24-bit resolution
Audio Performance (Rated Output @ 2Vrms, Typical Value)
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)
Line in / Microphone In: Shared 1/8″ mini jack
Speaker Out: 4x 1/8″ mini jacks
Optical Out: TOSLINK1
Optical In: TOSLINK
Intel HD Audio Compatible Front Panel Header: 2x 5-pin
Creative proprietary AND_EXT connector: Connects to one end of the AND_EXT cable. Connect the other end to the AND_EXT connector on the Sound Blaster X-Fi I/O Drive.
Creative proprietary DID_EXT connector: Connects to one end of the DID_EXT cable. Connect the other end to the DID_EXT connector on the Sound Blaster X-Fi I/O Drive.
I/O Drive Connectivity
Auxiliary input: Two RCA jacks
Headphone output and volume control: 3. 50 mm (1/8-inch) stereo jack
Microphone input: 3. 50 mm (1/8-inch) stereo jack

1 Optical Out supports stereo SPDIF out, multichannel out via Dolby Digital Live, and pass through of multichannel DVD sound

  • Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Windows XP (x64, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition 2004)
  • Intel Pentium 4 AMD Athlon™ or equivalent processor, 1.6 GHz or faster
  • 256MB RAM (512MB for Windows Vista)
  • 600MB of free hard disk space
  • Available PCI Express (x1, x4, x8 or x16) slot
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection to download free PowerDVD software

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