We took off the metal shroud and saw an empty looking PCB. Unlike previous X-Fi or Audigy solutions, there was no sign of discreet opamps or memory cache (X-RAM) or the need for external power.

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Here we see a mysterious CA0113 chip used (no idea what it actually does or any signal specs) – my guess is that it is a PCIe bridge chip, since it is wired between the PCIe signal data pins and audio codec (red thing that we'll get to later)

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HD Audio connectors for the casing front panel – notice Creative have left solder points and PCB markings that were untapped, implying that there could be more SKUs coming out using the same board design

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G-Luxon capacitors used on the board – not exactly audiophille grade…

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Back to the mysterious red "heat sink" that was in the middle of the card

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WTF – its a plastic cap that doesn't make contact with anything at all

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So underneath that fake heatsink, we see a Creative CA0132 chip HDA Codec – again no known specs about it

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When in operation, the 2 red LEDs are lit

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