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Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio PCI-E Sound Card OEM

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   SKU:  
42544
   Shipping Weight:   1 lbs
   Part #: 30SB104200000

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Features:

Why settle for basic, built-in sound? Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Add the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card to your PC and turn your downloaded music into your own personal concert. Watch DVDs or downloaded videos with full cinematic surround sound. Plus experience 3D audio and EAX effects in games.

Quick Specs:
Host Interface PCI Express
DAC Data Width 24 bit
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) 104 dB
Sound Channels 7.1
System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent
  • Available PCI Express slot (1x, 4x or 16x)
  • 256MB RAM (512MB RAM for Windows Vista)
  • 600MB of free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Headphones or amplified speakers (available separately)
  • Internet connection to download PowerDVD software
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS WEEE REACH
S/PDIF In Yes
S/PDIF Out Yes
Number of Audio Line Out 4
Number of Microphone Ports 1
Audio Processor Manufacturer Creative
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General Information  
     Brand Name: Creative
     Manufacturer: Creative Technology, Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: 30SB104200000
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.creative.com
     Product Line: X-Fi
     Product Model: Xtreme Audio
     Product Name: X-Fi PCI Express Sound Blaster Xtreme Audio Sound Card
     Product Type: Sound Board
Interfaces/Ports  
     Number of Audio Line Out: 4
     Number of Microphone Ports: 1
     S/PDIF In: Yes
     S/PDIF Out: Yes
Miscellaneous  
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
WEEE
REACH
     Green Compliant: Yes
     System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2 or Media Center Edition)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent
  • Available PCI Express slot (1x, 4x or 16x)
  • 256MB RAM (512MB RAM for Windows Vista)
  • 600MB of free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Headphones or amplified speakers (available separately)
  • Internet connection to download PowerDVD software

Technical Information  
     Audio Processor Manufacturer: Creative
     DAC Data Width: 24 bit
     Host Interface: PCI Express
     Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 104 dB
     Sound Channels: 7.1

Customer Reviews of (Creative Labs 30SB104200000)

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Necron99
06/17/14
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Optic input, PCIe, no hassle with Win 8, low cost
Cons
None in my case.
Summary
I bought this card solely for the optic input, which works just fine.

The card was detected and driver installed automagically by Win 8. Bloatware from the CD not required, at least not for my purpose.

The card and optic input is necessary because of a serious noise problem using the analog line-in on a Creative Recon chipset on the Gigabyte Sniper Z87 motherboard. The noise was slight, but very annoying. No combination of settings would overcome the problem in an acceptable way. This card was well worth the $29.99 for the clean optic audio and sanity it provides.

The sample rate had to be changed from the default 44k to 48k to overcome an audio distortion problem.

Pavel_L
10/03/13
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Simple to plug in. Very impressive sound quality.
Cons
Software big and complex.
Summary
Excellent choice for low budget. Far superior than any internal sound card. I upgraded my sandbox to W8 but my audiophile 2496 has no driver for it yet. Hence, I use this one. To my surprise, the sonic signature is crisp, sharp and the response curve is flat across the spectrum. Not sure why others do not like it, to me it's fantastic product for the price.

Laslow
02/12/11
Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
It's PCI-Express, rather than just PCI.
Cons
Not an actual X-FI audio processor, horrible driver support for Vista/Win7.
Summary
In short? Don't buy this card. Returned it because I could barely get the microphone to work under Windows 7 x64 (the Line-In and Mic share a jack, the "FlexiJack", and you must use Creative's software to configure it - however the software included with the card doesn't work for it and the updates from the website have to be installed in a very particular way for them to work right).

Even once that was sorted out, the microphone input was horribly quiet and using Teamspeak or Skype was out of the question. Due to Creative's drivers, there wasn't even an option for Mic Boost.

Before buying this card, ask yourself if you're ever going to run an OS other than XP. If the answer is 'yes', buy something else.

kyrios
12/15/10
Experience: 4 Years
Pros
Nothing at all is good about this card.
Cons
This card is not an X-Fi card. It is a rebranded Audigy.
Summary
This card is a rebranded Audigy. It is not a good card at all. Do not purchase this card if you want an X-Fi card because it's not on the same level as real X-Fi cards. The price is barely acceptable for this card though you can probably get a better Audigy for a few bucks less.

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URL: http://www.guru3d.com/article/sound-blaster-xfi-xtreme-audio-pcie/
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Posted by: kyrios @12/15/10
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