- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 45 g
- Item model number: 70SB079000000
- ASIN: B000IZC0GO
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 5 2009
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,858 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Creative Labs SB0790 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Device Type - Sound card
- Interface Type - External
- Localization - English
- Signal Processor/Chipset Vendor - Intel, AMD
- Sound Output Mode - Multi channel
Creative Labs SB0790 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card
From the Manufacturer
The Creative SB0790 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card features cutting-edge technology to give you outstanding sound when you listen to music, watch movies, or play games. Why settle for basic, built-in sound when you can turn your downloaded music into a personal concert, experience movies as though you were in a cinema, and play games with 3-D audio effects? The SB0790 X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card delivers the audio experience you deserve.
Creates nine virtual speakers for exceptional surround effects. View larger.
Whether you're using headphones or speakers, Creative's X-Fi CMSS-3D technology delivers outstanding surround sound. When used with a pair of headphones, the technology creates ninevirtual speakers for exceptional surround effects, letting you feel like you're sitting in the best seat of a movie theater. You'll get an advantage in games, too, with the ability to locate enemies by sound before they see you.
When used with multichannel speakers, you'll be able to hear exactly where the audio cues are--even between speakers. Voices will be right in front of you and ambient sound will surround you, just like a live performance. CMSS-3D works with both desktop stereo speakers and full surround speaker systems.
X-Fi Crystalizer Restores Lost Details
X-Fi-Crystalizer technology restores the audio detail that is lost in compressed audio files so you'll regain vibrancy and clarity in your music and movies. The technology restores the highs and lows that are often lost due to compression, so whether you're listening to cymbal crashes or wailing guitars, you'll hear the music as it was meant to be heard.
Realistic Sound Effects for Gaming
With support for EAX ADVANCED HD technology, the SB0790 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers rich environmental effects in your games, giving you a more immersive experience. You'll hear bullets whizzing by your head, and experience explosions that seem to shake the whole room.
And if you're using Windows Vista, Creative ALchemy technology restores surround sound to DirectSound3D games for an exceptional gaming experience.
Intense Cinematic Sound for Movies
The SB0790 X-Fi Xtreme Audio delivers THX-certified surround sound for a cinematic experience right at your computer. Cyberlink PowerDVD software is included (via free download) and supports DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding for an unmatched DVD movie-watching experience.
Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP; Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent; available PCI slot; 256MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Vista); 600MB of free hard-disk space; CD or DVD-ROM for software installation; headphones or amplified speakers; Internet connection to download PowerDVD player software.
What's in the Box
Creative SB0790 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card, Quick Start leaflet, and installation CD.
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|Connection Type||PCI||PCI Express||PCI Express||PCI Express||PCI Express|
|SNR for Playback||108 dB||104 dB||109 dB||109 dB||122 dB|
|Speaker/Headphone Support||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo to 7.1||Stereo, with dedicated 115dB 24-bit/96kHz HD headphone output|
|Music and Movies:|
|24-bit Sound Quality|
|DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via free PowerDVD Download|
|Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect (Win Vista Only) Encoder|
|THX TruStudio Pro|
|EAX Support||EAX 4.0||EAX 4.0||EAX 5.0||EAX 5.0||EAX 5.0|
|X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone Surround|
|Hardware Accelerated for Better Performance|
|Hardware OpenAL and DirectSound3D Support|
|Dedicated Creation Mode with ASIO 2.0 and 3D Midi Support|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Creative Labs should be ashamed of themselves for this blatant act of marketing fraud. When someone buys a Ferrari, they are expecting to get a Ferrari, not a Honda with a Ferrari emblem on the front. But that is exactly what Creative Labs has done here. They are marketing this sound card as a high-end brand (X-Fi) when it is really a crippled version of the previous product line (SE model Audigy). They must have a glut of unsold chips and they thought they could pull a fast one on consumers with this cheap card.
I for one will be very cautious before I consider purchasing Creative Labs products in the future. Buyer beware!
There are two reasons to hate this card: Crappy drivers and gaming performance. As for the drivers, Creative is notoriously slack. However, I am running this card on Windows 7 with zero issues (use Creative's Win7 driver at their site, not the included disc). As for gaming performance, buy a different card! The internet has made smarter shoppers of us all. READ about what you order, and you won't be disappointed.
All of that said, this card is great for music. The reason a non-gamer would want a dedicated card is to take advantage of superior DAC chips and analog stages. In that regard, you're gonna be hard-pressed to find a better deal than the Xtreme Audio. The sound quality for music (my primary concern) is stellar as compared to all but the highest end motherboard solutions. If that's what you're after in a sound card, this is the one for you.
Oh, and I were you, I'd install just the driver. It includes the audio console and all of the necessary switches for X-Fi enhancements, speaker settings, etc. The other 500MB of stuff is mostly silly and redundant. That's just my opinion , though.
It's true that the X-Fi "enhancements" are processed using your cpu, and not via hardware chip. This would have sucked many years ago, but these days even $500 computers have 3.0ghz dual core processors. Personally, I don't make any use of the "enhancements" as I'm one of those jerk audiophile purists who likes an unmolested signal. It excels here, offering a dead-silent SNR (106, I believe, and it sounds like that claim isn't too far off the mark). Basically, it offers superior, clean sound free of the noise that most onboard sound is notorious for. The actual musical quality of the signal is better, too, owing to the superior audio hardware as compared to motherboards.
I haven't used the mic, which is another source of complaints. Basically, if you don't need X-Fi effects for games, don't do a lot of recording, and only have $50 (or less, on eBay) to dedicate to your tunes, you should get this card. If you KNOW what you are getting, you'll be very happy with it.
Rather than go into all the various uses of the Xtreme Audio and my experience with all of them I will simply describe what I am currently having the most fun with and what I think others should embrace for such a low cost of experimentation. I am using 3 great low cost devices for what I think is great sound; the highs are crisp and the bass is tight and powerful with no audible distortion. The X-Fi Xtreme Audio, FiiO E5 headphone amp, and the Sennheiser HD 202 headphones together only cost about $100. With the help of the E5 and the wonderfully sensitive Sennheisers (115db) music is downright awesome. I've disabled CMSS and the 24 bit Crystalizer for both music and movie use. For games I enable CMSS 3D for an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Dragon Age Origins is really like living in a movie the way the reverb is so realistic that it sounds like you are there chatting with your party members.
Sure, you get a driver for Vista on the Creative site, but the software doesn't work! I am going back to xp and my turtle beach card and great software and donate my x-fi to the goodwill. Creative admits that the card is not Vista compatible ("if it doesn't say so on the box, it is not compatible"). All you get is sound, no mixer or console, and it will not work with recording software such as Total Recorder on Vista. And with their loopy update it won't install on xp.