Not what it should have been, April 7, 2010
By Robert Simon (Collingswood, NJ) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card (Electronics)
Save your money and get the Sound Blaster Audigy series.
I thought this would be a decent upgrade from the Creative's external card "MP3+", but I actually want to go back to the mp3+. Their mp3+ series was SO impressive that I actually bought 4 of them (I wanted a couple spares just in case). Sadly, they don't make the mp3+ anymore.
X-Fi vs Audigy: I had to make a switch between 2 computers for space reasons. The other PC had an older Sound Blaster Audigy. There was very little difference in sound quality between the 2 cards, but I actually think the X-Fi doesn't sound as good (which is pretty amazing). The audigy was a cheaper card (about 1/2 the cost) and sounded marginally better.
As for the software, use the out-of-box installation and DO NOT update. The software runs fine off the disc, but as soon as you update it, then the crashes start. The card will work fine, but the options interface crashes frequently after the updates, and it runs just fine with the default installation from CD.
Bottom line: does it sound good? Yeah, but for half the cost, you can get the same sound.