First post, by DerBaum
Have you ever asked yourself if the SB0460 SoundBlaster X-Fi card you are going to buy has 2 or 64 MB of RAM?
Creative made a lot of different versions of the classic X-Fi card. And sellers often don´t know what they are selling.
I sometimes find cards where the seller just adds the wrong name to the card to make it sell better.
If you look up Wikipedia it just tells you the name and the amount of RAM it should have...
Or people give you the advice to get a "Fatal1ty" card...
Lets find out how you can spot the difference.
In general there are 2 versions of the X-Fi card. 64MB "Fatal1ty" versions and 2MB regular versions.
The Fatal1ty versions come with a black box attached to the top right of the PCB (this is just a fancy light).
Regular versions are missing the black box.
BUT there are sneaky sellers wich put the black box on a regular card (it fits with no problems) and keep the Fatal1ty version where they take the box from...
Here is the trick: check the RAM soldered to the card.
There are 2 Positions where RAM chips can be soldered. The upper one is for 2MB and the Lower one is for 64MB.
This picture shows 2 of my unmodified cards.
The Fatal1ty card (bottom) with the black Box uses a "MT48LC32M16A2" in the lower position as a 64MB RAM Chip.
The standard card without Box uses a "HY57V161610ETP-6" in the upper position as a 2MB Ram Chip.
There is also a version of the X-Fi card wich uses Samsung RAM instead of Hynix ram in the upper position. (still 2MB)
AND there is a version of the X-Fi Fatal1ty card wich uses 2 "48LC32M8A2" Chips in a 32MB*2 (64MB) configuration.
Here is a bigger picture of the chips where i put the 2MB versions on the left and the 64MB versions on the right.
To sum it up:
RAM soldered to upper position (Samsung or Hynix) 2MB (no black Box top right) = regular
RAM soldered to lower Position (or 2 chips) 64MB (black Box top right) = Fatal1ty