Creatives Sound Core3D gets nekkid in front of the camera

Remember that "quad core" sound chip Creative announced back in September? Well, the first reviews are starting to come in now and we're finally getting a look at the actual chip. It turns out that we were almost right in suspecting that the Sound Core3D wasn't quite what Creative made it sound like.

Remember that "quad core" sound chip Creative announced back in September? Well, the first reviews are starting to come in now and we're finally getting a look at the actual chip. It turns out that we were almost right in suspecting that the Sound Core3D wasn't quite what Creative made it sound like.

The chip is in fact nestling underneath the "heatsink" on the boards, but it's a rather tiny chip as unveiled by Impress PC Watch. The model name is CA0132 and for those that care, it's made in Taiwan. The chip we initially presumed was the Sound Core3D is labelled CA0113 and is made in Korea, although we're not quite certain what the functionality of it is, especially as this chip is missing from ASRock's Game Blaster card, which co-incidentally was also torn down. ASRock also seems to be using higher quality capacitors than Creative.

sound core3d Creatives Sound Core3D gets nekkid in front of the camera

What's more is that the Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional is using exactly the same PCB as the standard Recon3D, with the only addition that we could spot being a pair of red LED lights. You do of course get a red rather than blue "heatsink" and that shielding with a window in it. It's actually quite amusing to see that ASRock has managed to squeeze in a lot more on its card, yet the PCB is about half the size.

Sadly our Japanese is more than lacking, but our gist of the article on Impress PC Watch seems to suggest that anyone that has an X-Fi card should hang on to it, as the Sound Core3D is not a step up. Apparently for voice chat/calls the Sound Core3D is the better choice, but in terms of audio quality and for gaming it can't keep up with the older X-Fi based cards. It's not hard to see why when you take into consideration that we're talking about a far simpler chip here judging it solely on its size and packaging. Considering the pricing – at least in Singapore – is identical between the new Sound Core3D cards and their older X-Fi siblings, we know what we'd get.

Source: Impress PC Watch (in Japanese)