One of the most powerful gaming sound cards has "blasted" its way
onto the market which features a plethora of audio options, ensuring
users that will experience one of the most realistic and amazing
sound experiences... provided you have speakers of similar quality.
Creative describe this card great by stating "It's Sound
Blaster...on steroids!" which is 100% true. Another impressive feature of the Sound
Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series sound card is that it
uses X-RAM which does not use your computers memory but the onboard
memory on the sound card.
Boost performance even
further in games with X-RAM support
Free up system memory and improve overall gaming
audio performance in game titles like QUAKE 4, Battlefield
2, Prey and others that take advantage of X-RAM.
Hear your enemies
before they find you
Don't let them sneak up behind you. X-Fi CMSS®-3D Headphone
creates nine virtual speakers over stereo headphones for
positional audio that's so accurate you can actually locate
enemies by sound. Multichannel speakers are even better with
audio cues that let you hear exactly where they are even
Immerse yourself in a
new dimension of sound
Bullets whiz past your head. Explosions shake the room. Take
reality to the next level with EAX® ADVANCED HD™1
sound effects in games.
Get lost in the details
Hear crisp, sharp gunshots and deep, booming
explosions. X-Fi Crystalizer™ revitalizes your compressed
game sounds, bringing out the highs and lows for the most
intense gaming experience ever.
The installation of the Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
Series was a breeze on our test machine and it simple slotted into a
spare slot on our motherboard. This installation can be installed by
provided they have a Philips head screwdriver available and some
time. For those a little wary, they can organise a computer
technician to install this item. It should also be noted that the
drivers for the sound card must also be installed on your system in
order for the user to benefit from all its features.
Once the installation was completed and the relevant drivers and
software was installed, our Windows XP test machine was ready to be
fully tested in the audio department. Thankfully, we had a pair of
Creative GigaWorks T40 Speakers to test this device and needless to say, it
was a thoroughly enjoyable audio experience.
We also tested the Sound
Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series with Quake 4 and Prey
that takes advantage of X-RAM and we were pleasantly surprised that
this system had provided additional speed to the overall gameplay.
Depending on your speaker setup or whether you are using headphones
(We also tested the soundcard with the
Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise Cancelling
Headphones), the x-Fi CMSS-3D technology has the ability of
targeting certain sounds for different speakers and if you have
headphones connected to the Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty
Pro Series, it even creates nine virtual speakers over sound, giving
you an almost surreal gaming experience. This ability is great for
users who have multichannel speakers as the software really takes
advantage of this technology.
Thanks to the xtreme-fidelity technology, the sound quality for
games is very clear and sounds like it almost recodes the
original sound to give it a more natural sounding tone, so whether
you are racing or fighting your way through an alien hoard, the
sound effects sound extremely realistic. Music also benefits from
this feature and whether listening to MP3's or audio CD's, the
quality was phenomenal.
Movie lovers will be pleased to know that the Sound Blaster X-Fi
XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series is THX certified, allowing for more
vibrant movies which follows this universal standard and truly gives
you a unique move experience on your personal computer. The program
also comes with Cyberlink's PowerDVD software with DTS™ and Dolby
Digital®-EX decoding which is great for users who do not have
dedicated DVD software on their PC.
conclusion, Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series
soundcard is one of the market's best gaming sound cards but it does
come at a cost to the user. The price is rather steep but
considering the quality, it may be a small price to pay for some
users. The other aspect is that if you wish to truly experience this
soundcard, you will need to purchase a good speaker system.