Creative X-Fi Titanium HD review

The rebirth of the add-in sound card?

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Physically, the card comes clad in an unusual plastic housing that covers up all the components on board.

Whether or not this is designed for looks, or as some sort of RF shield for fidelity purposes is unclear, but it's a far cry from the sometimes gaudy LEDs of the Fatal1ty cards

It connects via a single lane PCI-E port, and the EMU20K2 audio processor and 16MB of on board RAM is the same core specification that's been on Creative cards for a couple of years.

The card also supports DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live. Old favourites like the upmixing of surround effects through Creative's own CMSS-3D remain, though.

Similarly all the previous features like the Crystalizer, which increases the dynamic range of compressed audio, remain untouched.

These now fall under the auspices of the THX-cobranded TruStudio PC, which has also appeared on Creative's USB headphones in the past and brings a load of tuning options for mid-range clarity or smart volume control.

The driver suite is identical to previous versions of the X-Fi control panel, with three modes for switching between entertainment, gaming and audio creation.

So far, then, so little to really differentiate itself from earlier X-Fi cards. The important differences are in the components used on the PCB. The key features here are higher quality capacitors and a 122dB SNR digital-analogue converter.

Along with replaceable op amps there should be enough here to pique the interests of those in the know.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSound Board
Product FamilyX-Fi
Brand NameCreative
Host InterfacePCI Express
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product ModelTitanium
Product NameX-Fi Titanium 70SB127000001 Sound Board
DAC Data Width24 bit
Product LineX-Fi
System Requirements
  • Intel Core2 Duo or AMD processor equivalent (1.86 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft 7 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit with Service Pack 1 or higher 1GB RAM >600 MB of free hard disk space
  • Available PCI Express slot
  • CD or DVD drive for software installation
  • High quality headphones or powered amplified speakers (available separately)
Manufacturer Part Number70SB127000001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD provides the highest quality audio playback of any other sound card Creative has ever introduced. This sound card includes THX TruStudio PC audio technology, bringing together two of the most respected names in sound quality to provide an unparalleled audio experience on the PC. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD features audiophile-grade components for high-quality playback of music, games and movies, including 122db SNR Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), the highest signal-to-noise ratio sound card ever produced by Creative. Replaceable OP-amps provide the flexibility to further customize your audio experience through different sound coloration. If you are serious about how your PC sounds, this is the ultimate Sound Blaster experience.

Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)122 dB