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    Default Creative Titanium Fatal1ty

    Creative's X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty sound card is the audio company's latest release, and this time it's an attempt at providing a quality product with a PCI-e interface in a market that is woefully underdeveloped. Creative is banking on gamers' thirst for an immersive experience, but can Creative shake its Windows Vista driver woes and reclaim its former glory?

    Follow along with us while we run through the maze of audio testing and see how this card performs in an assortment of benchmarks in Windows Vista.

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    wondering how much better than the Faltal1ty Pro?
    I paid good money for the Pro version, btw how much is this Titanium version here? I didn't see the cost.

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    About $130 USD I believe. I'll go put that in the review.

    It would be great to compare sound cards side by side, but they're tough to come by. There's not much competition really (X-Fi and non X-Fi) and I get the sense that companies aren't too keen to have their products tested in a roundup format. But I would like to try to get my hands on an ASUS D2X card and compare it against the Titanium.

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    I know what you meant because they still want to sell the Pro version still.
    $130 is not bad.

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    The $130 price tag is reasonable in my opinion. The difference in audio quality with this card, not to mention the PCI-e interface is really worth it. It is a very good gamer card, and when you look at some of the competition's prices, the $130 is actually a pretty good deal. The objective tests show this card is top notch, and the subjective tests support that as well. Listening to music in Entertainment Mode really blew me away.

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    Default Incorrect Information? And some better comparison maybe.

    Skyguy, Jake Mete, the reviewer states: "Race Driver: GRID is a very popular racing game that is based on the Unreal Engine" is this true?

    And why only compare the Creative Titanium Fatal1ty to a HD Audio CODEC (basicaly onboard) when trere are cards like the Asus Xonar series, Azuen X-fi prelude, etc? I think better a comparisons could be made, as onboard audio cards are free. A comparisons should be made with cards that you pay for not some thing you get for free.

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    GRID.......checking on that. It may have misread and should have stated about the OpenAL games engine problem, not the GRID/Unreal. Thanks for picking that up, I'll confirm!

    On your point about the Creative vs Onboard, I totally agree. There are only two reasons it was done this way for now: 1. I don't have an ASUS or Auzentech on-hand to compare right now (but I am working on it); 2. companies are often hesitant to provide samples for a roundup/comparison format.

    Either way, I fully intend on comparing them side-by-side as soon as I get another card. There aren't many (any?) head-to-head battles of sound cards out there, and you make a great point......I'd love to see how the X-Fi and ASUS stack up against each other. The Titanium is a great card and I've heard very good things about the ASUS, so it would be a great showdown!

    Thanks for the feedback Lenz, it's much appreciated!

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    OK, I will be waiting to see this comparison. It should be quite interesting to see how Creative's X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty compares to even the old PCI X-Fi Fatal1ty.

    Good review though (when compared to onboard). It was nice seeing whatís under the shield. This card has been out for a few months and this is the second review I am seeing. Itís also much better than the other. I was beginning to think that everybody was boycotting creative after all the scandals.

    Anyways, I have a SB16 AWE64 Live! 5.1 Audigy 2 ZS, the old Fatal1ty, an Auzen x-fi prelude & a Asus Xonar D2X(my departure from creative because of the bad drivers) so I would love to see how they stand up because creative would have to come good to match the last 2 cards. They have some good op-amps, solid state caps, Toslink-to-mini optical adapters, lights (Xonar), no bloatware drivers, etc. Letís see if creative can match these features.

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    Wow, sounds like you should be doing the next review!!! Shoot me a PM and let me know your thoughts of the Auzen vs ASUS. Seriously.

    Yes, I noticed that there was really only one other reputable review out there on this card and I had wondered the same thing as to why that was. So we decided to contact Creative and give this product a good look, and Creative was very helpful including when I had the weird ASUS Soundmax problem. They requested more info on the problem and had their engineers look at the problem file itself. Hopefully that will help them.

    I specifically tackled this product because of some of the controversy, in order to find out if some of those issues had been addressed. We figure here that every company deserves a fair shake and their products should speak for themselves. And in this case, it appears the Titanium has.

    Shoot me a PM, I'd love to pick your brain about some of this stuff!


    [edit: Just had a thought........which card to compare it to? The DX is quite a bit cheaper than the Titanium, and the D2X/HDAV 1.3 is much more expensive. The Titanium is in a different price segment than both ASUS cards, and the Auzentech for that matter. I'm not sure it's an entirely fair comparison to put cards together that vary in price by so much?]
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