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Product: SoundBlaster Live! Platinum
Company: Creative Labs
Estimated Street Price:  
Review By: Alex Harris

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: SoundBlaster Live Drive Bay
3: Installation, Settings and Software
4: LiveWare 3
5: Product Contents
6: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Platinum Review.


                               Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 91%
Manual: N/A
Performance: 90%
Drivers: 90%
Look: 88%
Feel: 87%
Help Files: 90%
Price: 90%
Overall: 89%


The SoundBlaster Live! Platinum is an excellent sound card that builds on the previous in the series of Live! cards, but is mainly aimed at the music side of things rather than the gaming side. If you are going to be creating music and want the best then the Platinum card is the one to go for. If it is gaming then possible the 1024 from Creative Labs would be worth looking at.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 89%
Version Reviewed Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Platinum v1.0
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 Live! Drive
1 SoundBlaster Live! Platinum PCI audio card
Getting Started Manual
Connection cable to SoundBlaster Live! Platinum card
Digital and Analog CD audio cable
Power Supply splitter cable
3.5mm to 1/3" adapter jack
Telex microphone
Applications cd
The Good Points Easy To Install
Looks Good
Excellent value for money if you are using for the music creation side
The Bad Points Might be a bit expensive if only going to be used for gaming
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
240 Meg SD-Ram
DirectX 7a
SoundBlaster Live! Platinum
19" Daytek Monitor
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80

DVD Setup: Toshiba SD-1202 DVD-ROM - 32x
DVD TV Player - Samsung 807

PC Required Pentium 166 or faster
Intel or 100% compatible motherboard chipset
16MB system RAM (32 MB recommended)
Windows 95,98 or NT 4
Open half-length PCO 2.1 compliant slot
Headphones or amplified speakers
CD-Rom Drive for software installation
Available 5 1/4" PC Drive Bay


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