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

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


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  • Donnie N.
  • 5/18/2015 8:44:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs7 out of 8 ain't bad.

Pros: I've used Creative sound cards going back to the AWE 32. This is the first time I'm been not all that happy but will keep the Card. A real score would be 3.5. I liked the old software better and wish there were a way to still use it. The best sound on this card is Stereo 2.0 since it doesn't like 2.1. My card is connected to a Harmon Kardon receiver with Vintage DIYer Speakers. This set up sounded the best with the Auzentech X-Fi but its drivers are neglected for Windows 8.1.

The sound card and its software seems clunky or clumsy and very fragile that allows almost no multitasking or switching while a track is being played. Foobar2000 has none of these issues.

Cons: Have to detune the card or it is just too loud, harsh and noisy. Shame on you Creative for trying sell software that should be free with a card that costs this much.

After all of these years this might be my last creative based card. My DT-770 Beyerdynamics cans doesn't need an AMP.

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  • Steven H.
  • 5/17/2015 8:42:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCard Died 2 weeks after warranty expired.

Pros: Was a really nice card. Pretty good software.

Cons: Headphone stereo jack started flaking out ONE WEEK after the (one year) warranty expired.

Other Thoughts: Not going to buy another one.

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  • David Y.
  • 5/16/2015 4:39:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery "rich" card!

Pros: Clear, crisp sound, that is well-boosted. This is the feature that even the ALC1150 motherboard sets can't replicate.

Very affordable, especially for the experience you get.

Cons: None. I bought the OEM, reasoning I didn't need the shroud or extra software. I haven't regretted it.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a slight improvement on the two greatest cards by Creative: The X-Fi Extreme Music and the X-fi Extreme Gamer. Those two both absolutely blew onboard sound out of the water. This card, the leap is not so great, but it is still very discernible to me.

For affordable, clear, directional, rich and boosted sound, you can't go wrong with this. A few years later and Creative is still putting out driver updates too!

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  • Dannie S.
  • 5/4/2015 5:45:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Simply a great sound card. The front panel audio connection is a plus.

Cons: None so far!

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  • Boun T.
  • 4/17/2015 1:54:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutThere

Pros: Very small and works in my PCi express x16 slot. Sounds are more crisp and clear and louder then on-board. Same look but less expensive to buy and use. Less distortion from the sounds.

Cons: Con if you plug into your x16 slot make sure there is enough power in your system to work. I found that out my board told me to add more power to run the PCi 2nd x16 slot. Once I did that it powered up with no problems. This is for some board that have the extra power adapter for their 2nd GPU x16 slot like mine. Get a good pair of head phone and quality 5.1 speakers.

Other Thoughts: One thing I did notice my old 5.1 setup had a odd buzz in them but not in the headphone plugs. It could be related to my 5.1 age of the hardware. But my cheap headphone can't handle the output so I had to turn it down or risk destroying the cheap headphone. My Sony works fine but it's a Sony. Also on my system UEFI/Legacy I did have to turn my on-board sound setting to "Auto" so that it would recognize the sound card automatically so I didn't have to disable it in the UEFI which is a big plus if I have to do any kinda warranty on the board if it should have problems I don't have to mess with the UEFI bios for the sound settings. I will have to use it more to find where that hum is coming from but I suspect it has something to do with the age of my 5.1 speakers are from 2009. I installed everything default and it could be a setting that I need to make to stop the humming. Will report back and update experience in the future how it goes. I will give it 5 stars for now for the quality of the product but because I have had prior experiences with Sound Blaster products working good in Gaming.

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  • Michael B.
  • 4/9/2015 6:47:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood soundcard

Pros: Great sound on music and games. I have always used Creative sound cards and have not had many problems out of them. Drivers are working fine so far and I know Creative drivers/software can be buggy at times.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: It seems with sound cards that they are either good or bad, nothing in the middle. The card arrived swiftly with newegg.

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  • Andrew D.
  • 3/26/2015 12:03:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound, Great Price

Pros: This is a great sound card. Doesn't have all the frills of the other "fancy" gamer or recording artist cards, but if you just want good, clear, quality sound for gaming, watching videos and listening to music at a low price, this is the card.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It's not a beautiful piece of hardware, so if you have a windowed case and want something flashy, get the gamer version of the card with all the LED's and frufru.

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  • Dylan A.
  • 3/15/2015 12:06:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Great product and works exactly as expected after first installation.

Cons: None.

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  • Harry H.
  • 2/18/2015 4:45:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNOT SO GOOD

Pros: Its a Sound Blaster

Cons: Non except it didn't work properly.

Other Thoughts: Worked in Stereo but not in 5.1 mode which I wanted. Tried all available slots I had and it sounded the same in all. In 5.1 mode was a lot of cracking and Hissing. Some sound but overall not what it should be. I'll stay with my old sound blaster but I have to RMA this card and get my money back. It is probably a great card but mine didn't work.

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  • Lance P.
  • 2/17/2015 9:21:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDirty Sound

Pros: None that I have found so far.

Cons: The card added a terrible buzzing/whistle to the sound chain.

Other Thoughts: New drivers, grounding triple checked... ASUS OnBoard sound is clean. Added card, crud sound. Booooo

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