Creative has released the first line of a new batch of soundcards that work on its new audio technology Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity.

The first line of cards called the Sound Blaster X-Fi line promises to dramatically enhance any music or audio, accelerate gaming, and provide an amazing headphone experience. Creative even go as far as suggesting that with Sound Blaster X-Fi's 24-bit Crystalizer and CMSS-3D technologies, all your MP3 music and CD music can sound even better than the original studio recording.

There will be four new cards in the range: The Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum and the Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro features professional-quality digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) with 116dB SNR, plus an I/O module with a comprehensive selection of connectivity for audio creation and easy-to-use control knobs for the X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer, X-Fi CMSS- 3D (Creative Multi-Speaker Surround), 3DMIDI, and EAX.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro also features 64MB of on-board X-RAM - audio memory dedicated to higher gaming audio quality and performance - in addition to a built-in pre-amp for direct recording plus high-impedance inputs for electric guitars.

The 'top of the line' Sound Blaster X-Fi solution, the Elite Pro includes all the standard features, application software, power and performance capabilities of the entire family of Sound Blaster X-Fi cards (described below) in one ultimate solution.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS has been designed in connection with professional gamer, Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, the card offers 109dB SNR audio quality, accelerates gaming performance, and includes 64MB of on-board X-RAM for high-performance gaming. With support for EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0, the latest version of the EAX Environmental Audio standard.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS card utilises X-Fi CMSS 3D technology for stunning audio realism over headphones in LAN gaming. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS also features a convenient front-facing internal drive bay for easy connectivity, plus the X-Fi IR remote which easily accesses and controls all digital entertainment as well as the X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer, X-Fi CMSS 3D, 3DMIDI and EAX.

the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum card includes an internal drive bay with convenient, front-facing input/output connectivity for headphone listening, PC gaming and audio creation. Delivering 109dB SNR audio quality, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum includes the X-Fi IR remote, for easy access to the Entertainment Center software console.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card will be the entry level card to the range.