Creative Unleashes the Power and Performance of Sound Blaster X-Fi Hardware Audio Processing for PCI Express

Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium - the Official Sound Card of the Championship

Gaming Series



May 16, 2008, 01:00 ET from Creative Technology Ltd

    MILPITAS, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative Technology Ltd, a
 worldwide leader in digital entertainment solutions, today announced the
 PCI Express Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi(R) Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
 and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound
 cards, unleashing the full power of Creative X-Fi hardware audio processing
 for PCI Express-based PCs.
 
     The new PCI Express Creative sound cards each feature a striking design
 that screams "high performance." Creative will equip the world's best
 professional PC gamers, who are now competing in the Championship Gaming
 Series (CGS), with the new PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
 Professional Series, the official sound card of the CGS, the only worldwide
 professional video gaming league.
 
     "Audio plays a huge factor in professional gaming, where every
 competitive advantage can make the difference between winning and losing.
 The Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty edition sound cards significantly enhance
 any professional gaming rig, enabling us to hear what we can't see and
 perform at our highest level," said Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, world
 champion gaming legend and exclusive on-air analyst for the CGS.
 
     "I demand extreme performance from my PC, and I won't settle for less
 than Sound Blaster X-Fi. It gives me the huge advantage of hearing my
 opponent before they can see me, and finishing them off before they can do
 anything about it," said Yazan "Clown" Ammari, Counter-Strike Source member
 of the San Francisco Optx CGS team.
 
     "We've developed the PCI Express models of our Sound Blaster X-Fi
 gaming sound cards to meet the specific requests that we've received from
 end users," said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio and VLSI for Creative.
 "We have re- architected our X-Fi processor so we can deliver even more
 performance and provide the best audio available on the PC today. You'll
 know why it's worth the upgrade to PCI Express the second you hear it.
 We've also added Dolby Digital encoding, for connection to a home theater
 system for an awesome gaming experience. We created an entirely new I/O
 drive with an innovative design that can fit either a 3 1/2" or 5 1/4"
 drive bay. Plus, the Sound Blaster Titanium series cards are optimized for
 Windows Vista with UAA- compliant hardware."
 
     Priced at US$149.99, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
 Fatal1ty Professional Series features Dolby Digital encoding, for
 single-cable connection to home theater systems. The card leverages the
 power of the X-Fi processor optimized for PCI Express to deliver
 accelerated audio for improved game performance, with ultra-realistic EAX
 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio. Hardware-powered 3D positional audio
 and EAX 5.0 effects provide stunning positional audio realism over
 headphones and speakers, for a much more immersive gaming experience than
 any motherboard audio solution can offer. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
 Fatal1ty Professional Series also vastly improves voice chat clarity in
 online games where collaboration is vital.
 
     "With its superb audio fidelity, EAX 5.0 support, and 128 hardware-
 accelerated voices, the Sound Blaster X-Fi is simply the best way to
 experience the rich soundscape of Guild Wars. Gamers who really care about
 how their PCs sound should give it a serious listen," said James Boer,
 ArenaNet audio programmer and Game Audio Programming author.
 
     Priced at US$199.99, the new PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
 Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card includes all of the features of the PCI
 Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, plus an
 internal I/O drive for quick front panel connection to headphones and
 headsets. This versatile internal I/O drive design offers the choice of
 placement in either a 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" drive bay. The 3 1/2" drive features
 mic-in and headphone-out connections. This drive slides inside the 5 1/4"
 drive, which adds RCA line-in connections.
 
     The world's first native PCI Express hardware accelerated sound cards,
 the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
 and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Championship Series
 sound cards also feature:
 
 
-- Creative X-Fi processor specifically designed for high-speed PCI Express slots in modern PCs -- X-Fi Crystalizer(R) technology, which leverages audio algorithms to intelligently and selectively determine how to restore the highs and lows from sound effects, instruments and vocals and voices that were damaged or diminished during the MP3, AAC, game audio or other compression processes -- X-Fi CMSS(R)-3D technology, to create virtual surround sound through speakers or headphones in games or music. In games, you hear your opponents in their exact location. With music, the sound expands so it completely surrounds you. -- Dolby Digital support for compelling 5.1 surround sound through a home theater system -- Creative ALchemy(TM) to restore EAX(R) and surround sound in DirectSound game titles running under Vista -- Certified UAA compliance for maximum Windows Vista compatibility -- X-RAM dedicated audio memory to boost performance in select games -- THX Certified surround sound for cinematic movie audio playback -- PowerDVD software with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital-EX decoding -- 24-bit audio quality and 109db SNR audio clarity -- ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load The PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Championship Series sound cards are available for pre-order today at Amazon.com/pcguts, Creative.com and Frys.com. For more information about the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound cards, visit soundblaster.com. About Creative Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN MP3 players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere. This announcement relates to products launched in the United States. The product names, prices and availability are subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Creative Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster X-Fi, Crystalizer, EAX, CMSS, ALchemy and ZEN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Creative Technology Ltd
    MILPITAS, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative Technology Ltd, a
 worldwide leader in digital entertainment solutions, today announced the
 PCI Express Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi(R) Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
 and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound
 cards, unleashing the full power of Creative X-Fi hardware audio processing
 for PCI Express-based PCs.
 
     The new PCI Express Creative sound cards each feature a striking design
 that screams "high performance." Creative will equip the world's best
 professional PC gamers, who are now competing in the Championship Gaming
 Series (CGS), with the new PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
 Professional Series, the official sound card of the CGS, the only worldwide
 professional video gaming league.
 
     "Audio plays a huge factor in professional gaming, where every
 competitive advantage can make the difference between winning and losing.
 The Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty edition sound cards significantly enhance
 any professional gaming rig, enabling us to hear what we can't see and
 perform at our highest level," said Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, world
 champion gaming legend and exclusive on-air analyst for the CGS.
 
     "I demand extreme performance from my PC, and I won't settle for less
 than Sound Blaster X-Fi. It gives me the huge advantage of hearing my
 opponent before they can see me, and finishing them off before they can do
 anything about it," said Yazan "Clown" Ammari, Counter-Strike Source member
 of the San Francisco Optx CGS team.
 
     "We've developed the PCI Express models of our Sound Blaster X-Fi
 gaming sound cards to meet the specific requests that we've received from
 end users," said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio and VLSI for Creative.
 "We have re- architected our X-Fi processor so we can deliver even more
 performance and provide the best audio available on the PC today. You'll
 know why it's worth the upgrade to PCI Express the second you hear it.
 We've also added Dolby Digital encoding, for connection to a home theater
 system for an awesome gaming experience. We created an entirely new I/O
 drive with an innovative design that can fit either a 3 1/2" or 5 1/4"
 drive bay. Plus, the Sound Blaster Titanium series cards are optimized for
 Windows Vista with UAA- compliant hardware."
 
     Priced at US$149.99, the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
 Fatal1ty Professional Series features Dolby Digital encoding, for
 single-cable connection to home theater systems. The card leverages the
 power of the X-Fi processor optimized for PCI Express to deliver
 accelerated audio for improved game performance, with ultra-realistic EAX
 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio. Hardware-powered 3D positional audio
 and EAX 5.0 effects provide stunning positional audio realism over
 headphones and speakers, for a much more immersive gaming experience than
 any motherboard audio solution can offer. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
 Fatal1ty Professional Series also vastly improves voice chat clarity in
 online games where collaboration is vital.
 
     "With its superb audio fidelity, EAX 5.0 support, and 128 hardware-
 accelerated voices, the Sound Blaster X-Fi is simply the best way to
 experience the rich soundscape of Guild Wars. Gamers who really care about
 how their PCs sound should give it a serious listen," said James Boer,
 ArenaNet audio programmer and Game Audio Programming author.
 
     Priced at US$199.99, the new PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
 Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card includes all of the features of the PCI
 Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, plus an
 internal I/O drive for quick front panel connection to headphones and
 headsets. This versatile internal I/O drive design offers the choice of
 placement in either a 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" drive bay. The 3 1/2" drive features
 mic-in and headphone-out connections. This drive slides inside the 5 1/4"
 drive, which adds RCA line-in connections.
 
     The world's first native PCI Express hardware accelerated sound cards,
 the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
 and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Championship Series
 sound cards also feature:
 
 
-- Creative X-Fi processor specifically designed for high-speed PCI Express slots in modern PCs -- X-Fi Crystalizer(R) technology, which leverages audio algorithms to intelligently and selectively determine how to restore the highs and lows from sound effects, instruments and vocals and voices that were damaged or diminished during the MP3, AAC, game audio or other compression processes -- X-Fi CMSS(R)-3D technology, to create virtual surround sound through speakers or headphones in games or music. In games, you hear your opponents in their exact location. With music, the sound expands so it completely surrounds you. -- Dolby Digital support for compelling 5.1 surround sound through a home theater system -- Creative ALchemy(TM) to restore EAX(R) and surround sound in DirectSound game titles running under Vista -- Certified UAA compliance for maximum Windows Vista compatibility -- X-RAM dedicated audio memory to boost performance in select games -- THX Certified surround sound for cinematic movie audio playback -- PowerDVD software with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital-EX decoding -- 24-bit audio quality and 109db SNR audio clarity -- ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load The PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Championship Series sound cards are available for pre-order today at Amazon.com/pcguts, Creative.com and Frys.com. For more information about the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound cards, visit soundblaster.com. About Creative Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN MP3 players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere. This announcement relates to products launched in the United States. The product names, prices and availability are subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Creative Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster X-Fi, Crystalizer, EAX, CMSS, ALchemy and ZEN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. SOURCE Creative Technology Ltd