Creative Technology Shows Off Audio Card for PCI Express

Creative Technology, a maker of digital media players and various multimedia devices, showcased its first audio card for modern PCI Express bus at the Consumer Electronics Show 2007. Specs of the product are unclear, but it is remarkable that Creative is finally paying attention to the bus that has been afloat for nearly three years now.

Images of Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio for PCI Express x1 bus, which have been published by several web-sites, reveal that the card carries one relatively small X-Fi chip, an unknown audio codec, the lack of onboard memory buffer, relatively small number of capacitors, the absence of MIDI port and the presence of S/P DIF connectors and five analog connectors to attack 7.1-channel audio system.

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Now if only somebody would get around to getting an expresscard compatible sound card out. This is hopefully progress in a good direction since expresscard is connected to a laptop's pci-express bus if I recall correctly.

I recall an article from Creative stating that PCI Express was not a good bus for sound cards.

Anyhow I just got my X-Fi Platinum in December.


Solarix said,
date on the board says 2005, musta been workin on this for quite some time

Yep, I recall when they were saying it was in test phase and that it was going to be difficult to get around PCI-X issues with sound cards. Seems they have fixed this.

It seems creative have actually used proper spdifs well i'll be thats a first, now lets see if creative can get the next thing right and produce some drivers that aren't bloated. Then all we need is motherboard manufacturers to make the pci-e slot accessible when you have a couple of video cards installed.

StuRReaL said,
It seems creative have actually used proper spdifs well i'll be thats a first, now lets see if creative can get the next thing right and produce some drivers that aren't bloated. Then all we need is motherboard manufacturers to make the pci-e slot accessible when you have a couple of video cards installed.

Drivers that aren't bloated? Wow, people use that term with absolutely no idea of its meaning. So a couple of driver files is considered "bloated"? Simply put: Select drivers only, you don't get any other software. Duh.

There are 'professional' cards that give much better sound for less money so quite why Creative cards are so popular is beyond me.I 'd imagine it's mostly to do with heavy marketing.

Kadafi said,
There are 'professional' cards that give much better sound for less money so quite why Creative cards are so popular is beyond me.I 'd imagine it's mostly to do with heavy marketing.

It's because they are highly regarded for gaming. The sound quality comes second.

it looks ugly at the momment, so i hope they make it look prettier when they come to mass produce it and i welcome this as i've filled up my only 2 pci slots, be very handy getting this card for when i get a tv card