Creative Utilizes New-er Technology Page: 1
News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 15/01/07
Author: MikeEnIke
Source: Xbit Labs

Creative Labs PCI-E Audio Card

Creative Technology is known for its achievements in the audio industry; mostly for their advanced sound cards and their good quality speakers. Their sounds cards have always utilized the PCI bus to supply your PC with the audio power needed, but they have just announced that they will begin using the PCI-E x1 bus to transfer information from the card to the internal workings of the computer.

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.

There is no information on the release date of this card, or any cards of the type. There is also no price point set, but it is suggested that the retails price be $129.

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