PCI Express X-Fi to roll out later this year?

Always down with the latest hearsay, the folks at The Inquirer have learned that Creative plans to add a PCI Express x1 model to its popular line of Sound Blaster X-Fi sound cards. Last week in Taiwan, the site heard that some samples of the purported PCIe X-Fi are already out and about, and that the card is scheduled for a launch some time in the second half of this year. "In fact, it should be on the market for the 'Back to School' shopping madness," The Inq adds. Despite the move to PCI Express, few changes are reportedly expected on the hardware front.

Creative isn't the only one working on a PCIe consumer sound card. While we were treading the halls of Computex last week, we snapped a shot of Asus' upcoming Xonard D2K sound card, which will offer both a PCIe x1 interface and Dolby DTS certification.

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