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Creative Introduces The Xtreme Gamer Range Of Sound Blaster X-Fi Cards

The world's most powerful sound cards deliver pro audio to pro gamers

Creative (NASDAQ: CREAF) a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, announces two new Sound Blaster cards which harness the power of the X-Fi chip to satisfy the requirements of the most demanding gamers. Available in two formats to suit small form factor PCs or full-size gaming rigs, these two new cards deliver maximum audio performance for the ultimate gaming experience.

Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer - Fatal1ty Professional Series

This new Fatal1ty-endorsed sound card leverages the success of the original Sound Blaster Fatal1ty FPS. Designed as the essential audio upgrade for serious PC gamers, and endorsed by the world's leading pro gamer, it's the most powerful sound card ever, featuring 64MB of X-RAM and accelerating Direct X, OpenAL and EAX 5.0 to give highest quality cinematic audio at faster frame rates. Game Mode dedicates the processor 100 percent to game audio, powering the CMSS-3D function to give ultra-realistic surround sound over stereo headphones for LAN or late-night gaming.

X-Fi, the world's most powerful audio processor, delivers faster frame rates in games with hardware accelerated Direct X, OpenAL and EAX 5.0. 64MB of X-RAM for fast loading of high-quality audio samples. X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone delivers incredible surround sound over stereo headphones for gaming, movies and music. X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer makes all audio sound better, enhancing games, MP3/WMA, streaming audio and video, TV and radio, DivX and DVD movies. X-Fi Active Modal Architecture with 'Entertainment', 'Gaming' and 'Audio Creation' modes dedicates the processor to the task at hand, with an easy-to-use interface for each mode. THX Certified with Power DVD playback of Dolby and DTS movies and X-Fi CMSS-3D surround up-mix of audio and video to 5.1 or 7.1 surround.

Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card makes the X-Fi chip available in a low-profile PCI format for small form factor or full-size PCs. Its enhanced connectivity includes an optical out and internal connectivity to audio jacks on the front panel of a PC for easy headphone and microphone access. Despite its reduced size, the Xtreme Gamer delivers the full power of Creative's award-winning X-Fi processor, including ultra-realistic CMSS-3D surround sound over normal headphones and hardware-accelerated Direct X, OpenAL and EAX 5.0 to give faster frame rates with cinematic sound. The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer restores sparkle to low-quality audio and upgrades games, MP3, DivX and TV audio to 24-bit quality. With THX Certification and Power DVD playback of Dolby and DTS decoding, it also guarantees excellent results when watching movies.

X-Fi, the world's most powerful audio processor, delivers faster frame rates in games with hardware-accelerated Direct X, OpenAL and EAX 5.0. X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone delivers incredible surround sound over stereo headphones for gaming, movies and music. X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround up-mixes audio and video to 5.1 or 7.1 surround. X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer makes all audio sound better and enhances games, MP3/WMA, streaming audio and video, TV and radio, DivX and DVD movies. X-Fi Active Modal Architecture with 'Entertainment', 'Gaming' and 'Audio Creation' modes dedicates the processor to the task at hand, with an easy-to-use interface for each mode. Low-profile PCI format with Intel HD compatible front panel connector and digital out is ideal for both standard and small form factor PCs.

Pro audio for pro gamers

"When I'm competing I need the best performance and the most realistic sound from my equipment, and the Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty soundcard really delivers for me there is nothing faster or better," says Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, the world best-known professional video gamer and winner of eleven world championships in five different games.

"Gamers have always been and will continue to be a core market for us," says Darragh O'Toole, European Product Group Manager with Creative. "Working with Fatal1ty on these two new cards has enabled us to tailor our audio solutions even more closely to the requirements of casual and Pro gamers whatever the form factor of their PCs.

"During LAN gaming events across Europe in the last 12 months we have had an amazing response to X-Fi CMSS-3D headphone technology. Sound Blaster X-Fi has also been appointed official sound card for the Grand Final of the World Cyber Games in Monza, Italy later this month.

"It's our belief that once a gamer uses X-Fi, there's no going back to conventional audio!"

X-Fi, OpenAL and Windows Vista - perfect partners for hardware accelerated audio

With the changes to audio architecture that will accompany the release of Windows Vista, Direct X hardware acceleration is no longer an option. As a result, OpenAL will continue to grow in popularity as the audio API of choice for games programmers.

OpenAL already features in this year's leading games, giving direct hardware access for feature-rich, low-latency gaming. Creative's X-Fi Xtreme Gamer range is ready to meet the challenges of Windows Vista via OpenAL giving full hardware acceleration for EAX, X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D for maximium frame rates in Vista gaming.

New title support

Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound cards support EAX 5.0, the fifth generation of Creative's proprietary gaming API. Top titles released this year with X-Fi support include Battlefield 2142 , Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3. Creative has also released a custom X-Fi patch for UT2004, which is available for download from www.soundblaster.com. For more information on over 400 EAX titles, please visit www.soundblaster.com/gaming.

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About Creative Labs

Creative (Nasdaq: CREAF) is the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for the personal computer and the Internet. Famous for its Sound Blaster and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like the award-winning Zen and MuVo Personal Audio Players. The company's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment - anytime, anywhere.

Founded in 1981, Creative Technology's corporate headquarters are in Singapore. Creative Labs Europe was established in 1993 to capture a bigger share of the growing European market. Its Headquarters and Operations/Technical Centre (EOTC) facility are based in Dublin, Ireland, and provide an efficient, localised and customised product supply service to the European market. They also provide strategic customer support functions to Creative's sales offices in Benelux, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The European operation currently employs around 400 people.

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