No tears were shed when we decided that the cover and printed circuit board (PCB) should go separate ways.

The rear I/O plate and the cover are held together by four screws, which are found at the four corners on the back of the PCB.

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Aluminium is used to construct the cover, while perspex forms the tinted window.

 

A shot of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD in its full naked glory.

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Strangely, there are no markings on the PCB as to what Creative would do with the device connector.

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Also, that sneaky front panel audio header hidden at the corner is now fully exposed.

 

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Creative has used a mix of Japanese SMD aluminium electrolytic capacitors from ELNA and Panasonic on the X-Fi Titanium HD.

 

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Creative were amongst the first to use gold-plated audio connectors. Although Creative decided not to use them (read cost-cutting) for much of their X-Fi series, gold is back on the X-Fi Titanium HD.

 

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The X-Fi Titanium HD has pretty well defined areas for its audio paths, making it easier to identify areas of interest.

 

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It seems that there were plans to have this card powered via a 4-pin Molex, but Creative decided to scrap that idea eventually.