Category: Sound and Multimedia
Manufacturer: Creative Labs Inc
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: N/A
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 2.6.1 / N/A
This SoundBlaster currently comes in XtremeGamer, Titanium, Titanium Fatal1ty Professional, Titanium Fatal1ty Champion and Elite Pro configurations. The 130 nm EMU20K1 (or EMU20K2 for Titanium series models) audio chip operates at 400 MHz and has 51 million transistors. The computational power of this processor, i.e. its performance, is estimated as 10,000 MIPS. The processor's computational power is optimized for the work mode selected in the software. With the Active Modal Architecture (AMA), the user can choose one of three optimization modes: Gaming, Entertainment, and Creation; each enabling a combination of the features of the chipset. It uses EAX 5.0 which supports up to 128 3D-positioned voices with up to four effects applied to each. This release also included the 24 bit crystalizer, which is intended to pronounce percussion elements by placing some emphasis on low and high pitched parts of the sound.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
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It offers some of the most powerful mixing capabilities available, making it a powerful entry-level card for home musicians. It has complete overhaul of the resampling engine on the card. The previous Audigy cards had their DSPs locked at 48/16, meaning any content that didn't match was resampled on the card in hardware; which was done poorly and resulted in a lot of intermodulation distortion. Many hardcore users worked around this by means of resampling their content using high quality software decoders, usually in the form of a plugin in their media player. Creative completely re-wrote the resampling method used on the blaster and dedicated more than half of the power of the DSP to the process; resulting in a very clean resample. It uses Microsoft's PC 99 standard for color coding the connectors and has short text inscriptions on the backplane of the card, indicating which port does what. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Creative sound blaster mp3 + (commercial V.2.6.1) errors before installing any driver updates.