Almost three months ago back in September of 2011, Creative announced their Sound Core3D™ "quad core" chipset, and it has since featured in their latest gaming focused sound cards and headsets as well as on motherboards like the ASRock X79 Extreme9. We got the Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional PCIe sound card in our labs today to see if it pleases the audiophilles or the hardcore gamer groups.
Front of Box – one of the nicer boxes around
Back of Box – Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel's face only appears once here and his endorsement message. We also noticed an alarming lack of any technical specs like DAC/ADC SNR rating or sample rate/resolution – which even Taiwanese motherboard makers are eager to boast about on their Realtek based implementations.
Quick Start leaflet and Driver CD
Beamforming Microphone Array
The Card – Metal housing with a plastic window. Uses a PCIe x1 interface, which is good as legacy PCI slots are almost extinct
Colour coded outputs for 5.1 audio, 600ohm amped headphone jack and TOSLINK Optical In/Out ports