Creative launches new motherboard sound chip, but where's X-Fi?

Adam Oxford at

Is Creative backing away from its well known X-Fi brand? The audio specialist has just announced a range of integrated sound processors using a new logo and name, Sound Core 3D.

What's curious is that looking at the specs sheet, Sound Core 3D is an X-Fi in all but name, and like the Bard's rose presumably sounds the same. For starters, the press release says that it's powered by the Quartet DSP: that's a four core digital signal processor that has been the heart of the X-Fi chips since their launch, but which hasn't been promoted by that name for nearly six years. I may be wrong, but I don't recall it appearing on any Creative literature since 2005.

Hard Stuff: Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB review

Erik Belsaas at

The X-Fi HD is something of an oddity. It’s a USB-powered external soundcard designed for laptops—and when it comes to delivering awesome audio, it exceeds expectations. However, the features of the card leave you wondering who Creative had in mind when designing it.

Hard Stuff: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD review

Erik Belsaas at

So you’ve got a sweet 5.1 surround sound speaker setup and an awesome gaming library to support it—but if you’re running those speakers via your motherboard’s onboard audio, you may as well be using $20 speakers from your local drugstore. What you need is a dedicated soundcard, and Creative—the pioneer of soundcards for PC gaming—has released its newest flagship warbler: the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD.