Let us now get up close and personal with the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD.

This is the only card from Creative to come with a decent cover. We are glad they decided not to employ the polka-dot one used on the Titanium Fatal1ty card.

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The card scores well in the looks deparment, thanks to its tinted and simplistic exterior.

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Documentation provided does not contain any information regarding the device connector pictured above, but we have reasons to believe that this could be used for an I/O expansion bay in the future (if there are any plans by Creative to begin with).

 

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There is also a front panel audio header is placed along the top edge of the card.

 

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Electrolytic Jamicon and OST capacitors are now a thing of the past; Creative uses surface mount device (SMD) capacitors on the X-Fi Titanium HD.

 

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From left to right: microphone input, headphone output, RCA output Left and Right, and RCA input Left (or Optical In) and Right (or Optical Out).

Due to the location of the opical transceivers within the RCA jack housings, you will not be able to use the Optical In and Out if the RCA inputs are used, and vice versa.

 

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The general use of surface mount technology (SMT) components has resulted in just a few through-hole solder joints being visible on the back of the card.