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Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook review

Boost your laptop's onboard audio

Our Verdict

If onboard audio isn't enough, then Creative's solution is the one for you

For

  • Will enhance your laptops inbuilt audio with ease

Against

  • More expensive upgrades could be better

Creative's high-end audio hardware gets resized to notebook level in this iteration of the company's X-Fi family, which is welcome news for those disappointed with their lappy's onboard audio (which, to be fair, is rarely up to snuff).

The sound quality is an improvement over standard onboard audio hardware, although it's wasted if you're using a pair of standard travel speakers; you're better off investing in a decent set of cans to go with it.

At around £45 it's not the most expensive upgrade you could invest in, but only those deeply concerned with sound quality or those who have a laptop hooked up for long periods to better audio equipment, need apply.

For most of us, onboard audio suits well enough.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSound Board
Product FamilyX-Fi
Channel Supported7.1
Brand NameCreative
Form FactorInternal
DAC Data Width24 bit
Sampling Rate96 kHz, 24 bit 96 kHz 7.1 Channel DAC
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)104 dB, 104 dB - A-Weighted
Host InterfacePCI Express x1
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product ModelXtreme Audio
Product NameSound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card
Product LineX-Fi
Manufacturer Part Number30SB082000000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Add the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card to your PC and turn your downloaded music into your own personal concert. Watch DVDs or downloaded videos with full cinematic surround sound. Plus experience 3D audio and EAX effects in games.

Interfaces/Ports4 x 3.5mm Audio Line Out, 1 x Microphone In Audio Line In, 1 x Toslink Audio Line In, 1 x Toslink Audio Line Out, 2 x 5-pin
Sound Channels7.1