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Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150200000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card - OEM

  • 5.1 Channels
  • 24-bit
  • PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface
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Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB150200000

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster Z
Model
70SB150200000

Audio core

Channels
5.1
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
116dB

Ports

Line In
Shared 1/8" mini jack
Line Out
3 x 1/8" mini jacks
SPDIF In
Optical
SPDIF Out
Optical
MIC In
Shared 1/8" mini jack
Other Ports
1 x Amplified 1/8" mini jack

Spec

Interface
PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16)
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64-bit) ; Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
System Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2GHz or faster recommended.
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64-bit) ; Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
1GB RAM
>600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Features

Features
116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio

SBX Pro Studio technologies

Crystal clear communication

Sound Core3D audio processor

Advanced home entertainment audio

High fidelity surround sound

Never unplug your headphones again

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Shawn W.
  • 1/17/2015 10:58:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: It's A SoundBlaster so not much to say. I have been using SoundBlaster cards since the early 90's. I picked this up to connect the optical to home theater system in another computer system.

Cons: No issues that I can see.

Other Thoughts: Advise that you disable the Onboard audio in your motherboard bios and uninstall any software if you have it so that you don't run into any conflicts.

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  • Wayne S.
  • 12/12/2014 12:00:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love it

Pros: I like the gold plated ports
Install was easy, card slipped into a PCIe x 4 slot nicely, no issues

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My 1 PCIe x 1 slot is blocked by my Video card so I used the 1 open PCIe x 4 slot and all went well. I didn't go into BIOS at all but went into Windows 7 Control Panel>Sound>Playback Tab and Disabled motherboard onboard sound devices before installing this new card.

I had downloaded this cards software drivers from the Creative Web Support page prior to installation and didn't use anything from the included Disc in the box. I also did not hook up the front panel HD Audio plug yet, not sure if I will do that.

Sound seems better over the motherboard onboard audio, but the reason I bought this card is because I bought 2 sets of Creative T40 speakers and 1 Logitech z523 set, so using all 3 audio out ports on the back of this card for nice surround sound, I love it.

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  • Saulo S.
  • 9/25/2014 3:48:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding sound card

Pros: Black PCB and software is wonderful. Once you go from integrated audio to this sound card, you'll most definitely not in the slightest go back to mobo audio. The sound blaster z control panel is very immersive, you are in for a world of tinkering. What I appreciate the most, is the easy headphone to speaker switch. The days of unplugging my headphones are over with.

Cons: Takes indefinite amount of time to configure whatever sound system you got going on. Not the plug and play type of sound card.

Other Thoughts: I keep thinking about upgrading to the Creative Sound Blaster ZxR!

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  • Stuart B.
  • 8/19/2014 6:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo Linux Support

Pros: Works great in windows. No issues.

Cons: No Linux driver.

Other Thoughts: Disappointed that Creative decided not to support Linux with this card.

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  • James B.
  • 8/2/2014 1:10:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK but noise on startup and shutdown

Pros: sounds good for music and netflix streaming.

Cons: Makes a very loud thump from the subwoofer when I log off, even if the volume is at zero. Also makes some popping noises during startup, but not as loud as shutsown noise. If my wife is asleep before me, when I shut down the computer it wakes her up.

Other Thoughts: I like the equalizer and some of the other control features, but the sartup and shutdown noises is nearly a deal breaker. Have installed the card in different slots and reinstalled the drivers to no avail.

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  • Chris s.
  • 7/14/2014 9:36:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfantastic but no gold caps

Pros: high snr . proven dac. simple software with no driver issues. fun crystal voice app can make a man sound like a woman excellent for skype pranks.

Cons: no gold caps on this oem version apart from one single gold cap .. which is weird.

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  • Jan P.
  • 5/20/2014 7:38:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBUY IT!

Pros: -Small
-easy installation
-great software

Cons: isn't free?

Other Thoughts: I bought this bad boy because I had an issue with my headphones. not being loud enough.. I have a genius 2.1 speakers which I plug my Headphones into .. so I wasn't really sure if this would help, but I am amazed.. it's about two months since I got it and I finally figured the soft out, the crystalizer,surround and bass functions are amazing .. I find myself lowering the volume and I realized that it was only 25% .. so I thought I'd go give it a review ..

Not that I got it in sale for fifty bucks, ninety is I think a little too much, but .. still worth it - great improvement

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  • Christopher O.
  • 5/20/2014 8:32:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSounds Great

Pros: Awesome gaming sound. Better than any onboard can offer for sure. Top notch software and no driver issues as of yet.

Cons: Just a personal problem as I am running a riser cable to it because my video card blocks the x1 port, and is currently hanging by cable ties on the lowest cases pci slot and is just hanging but still works 100%.

Other Thoughts: Totally worth the price paid. Excellent for gaming and music. Just buy it

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  • john s.
  • 4/26/2014 1:10:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card

Pros: Sound is crisp and clear. Voice modulation is fun. Music has never sound better.

Cons: Installation was a little more complicated than it should have been. Like others mentioned it doesn't sit flush in my motherboard but still works fine after it's in. The connections need to be adjusted by twisting the cables of my mic before it works.

Other Thoughts: While the card sounds great. Scout mode doesn't work that well in a few games. Installation and cable issue are also a slight problem. Not something I would expect from a sound card. Still It works where it counts.

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  • Zachary W.
  • 4/14/2014 9:39:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSBX is cool, some issues.

Pros: Bought the card here, on sale for $60. I only use digital out, so I bought this card exclusively for the use of SBX Pro Studio surround in games with my headphones. The SBX woks well, and sounds far better than CMSS-3D. I do not like it for movies. It does make special effects sound really cool, but voices still sound a little off. Less noticeable in games where the real time placement of characters makes the sound signature less intrusive.

My Auzentech Prelude based on X-Fi only had CMSS-3D, and lacked the ability to output stereo mix to digital. Again, I only use my high end headphones with an amp that only accepts digital input.

Cons: Since installing the card, I get hard system crashes during playback of certain video formats, triggering an instant reboot and junk noise outputting via digital during the boot process.

Also CoD: Ghosts cinematic cut scenes will play normally for maybe half the duration and then the sound tends to start turning on an off. Game play is not effected.

Other Thoughts: Since SBX works fairly well, and I already installed my old card in another machine, I guess this one is staying. I'm not at all impressed that a product from Creative of all people should crash during mundane tasks. Unless there is a REALLY specific defect, I don't think the hardware is bad.

If I'd paid more than $60 for it, I'd take the time to RMA the thing and not replace it.

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