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X-Fi finally goes PCI-Express
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Tue May 20, 2008 4:56 pm Reply and quote this post
The 'Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series' card is a fairly standard X-Fi card with a PCI-Express x1 connector to fit onto modern motherboards that lack standard PCI slots. It has the usual bevvy of output connectors as well as the Alchemy technology that returns EAX effects to Vista gaming.

Meanwhile, the 'Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series' is the same thing, but with a drive-bay add-in that brings audio ports and volume controls to the front of the computer.

Creative hasn't unveiled pricing for the cards yet, but expect to pay a pretty penny - anything with Wendell's mug on carries a premium.

The company has long been criticised for failing to offer a PCI-Express version of its X-Fi cards, given the fact that standard PCI is currently limping towards extinction. It has long maintained that such a transition is 'harder than it might seem', and Creative even rolled out Steve Erickson, VP of audio, to tell interested parties that "We have re-architected our X-Fi processor... you'll know why it's worth the upgrade to PCI Express the second you hear it."

Actually, we're pretty sure it was gamers begging Creative for the upgrade, not the other way around. Either way, motherboard makers will surely be delighted that they can now lop off those old PCI sockes and save themselves a few more cents a board.

Look out for these blighters to be on virtual shelves in the next few days

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