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Creative Audigy Fx 70SB157000000 PCI Express x1 Interface 5.1 PCIe Sound Card with SBX Pro Studio

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Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB157000000

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Audigy Fx
Model
70SB157000000

Audio core

SNR
106dB

Ports

CD/Aux In
No

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or higher
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), Windows Vista (32/64-bit)

1 GB RAM

> 600 MB of free hard disk space

Available PCI Express 1x slot

Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Features

Features
The perfect Sound Blaster upgrad

Enjoy multi-channel cinematic sound

Independent input sources

Connectivity Options (Main): Headphone / Front Out: 1 x 3.5mm jack

Rear Out: 1 x 3.5mm jack

Centre/Subwoofer: 1 x 3.5mm jack

Microphone In: 1 x 3.5mm jack

Line In: 1 x 3.5mm jack

Headphone Amp: Up to 600 Ohms

Max Channel Output: 5.1 Channels

Audio Technologies: SBX Pro Studio

Control and customize your audio

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster Audigy Fx sound card (with full height I/O bracket)

Quick Start leaflet

Installation CD containing:
Drivers for Windows? 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista?
Creative Software Suite*
User's Guide PDF

Half-height I/O bracket

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Asa W.
  • 6/11/2014 10:39:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Simple Card to replace bad MoBo sound

Pros: • Cheap
• Good Sound
• Eualizer
• Crystalizer

Cons: • Some unwanted setting are on by default and may disappoint some people on first impression.

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  • Stephan R.
  • 4/29/2014 9:25:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsAt least it fixes EMI problem

Pros: I bought a sound card off the internet in a hurry as a work-around for a sound interference problem going on with my (i believe) defective motherboard. As others have stated, the sound on this thing is pretty sub-par, but it did at least fix my EMI problem, and my computer no longer drives me nuts.

Cons: Unfortunately, I believe that the audio on my motherboard is actually quite a bit superior to this card. Worse, other options could be had that are far better, even under the creative brand name, for a similar price. This card is just a little too dated to be a good budget card anymore.

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  • Alex L.
  • 3/4/2014 5:11:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNot a real Audigy DO NOT BUY!

Pros: There can not be any pros because it sounds terrible.

Cons: Sound quality. They should take these off the market.

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  • Cindy B.
  • 2/17/2014 8:02:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsComplete garbage

Pros: Cheap and small.

Cons: No support from CL on this card, not a single subject about it in the community either. Audio drops channels, switching from left only, to right only, then going completely silent. Driver download from CL doesn't update the installed driver for the card(driver on install disc is 4 years old) .

Other Thoughts: Don't get this unless you're a professional hardware troubleshooter. No support from Creative Labs means you're on your own figuring this thing out if it doesn't work.

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  • Benoit B.
  • 2/14/2014 5:29:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNOT a real Audigy.

Pros: Vista, Win7,Win8 drivers compatible. Recent product so drivers will be lept up to date.

Cons: NOT a real Audigy. Bought it because I couldnt find up to date drivers for my first generation PCI AUDIGY card for Win7. Needed a simple 5.1 PCIe card with Win7 drivers.
Sound is the same as with my onboard. Too much echo, cant spot enemies positions in Counter Strike:GO or Battlefield. Threw the card away, didnt even try to sell it. Bought a Recon instead.

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  • Brenda P.
  • 2/5/2014 8:00:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Great card, does exactly what it's supposed to do. Easy install, no problems. Worked as an inexpensive solution to a PC that didn't have onboard sound.
(The free shipping had it at my door in two days. That's also really nice)

Cons: None. It's a cheap card that works / sounds great. Don't expect it it blow other sound cards out of the water.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to anyone who needs an easy solution to get some sound out of their PC or if their old card died. It comes with some software if you're interested but it's not even required to get the card working. It's also useful if you like to do simple recording, but it isn't supposed to be an audio interface either.

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  • Vaughn W.
  • 2/1/2014 9:35:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Cheap. Runs Great. Quality sound.

Cons: Was'nt free.

Other Thoughts: Got this card to replace a 3 yr old Audigy SC that was giving me fits. Easy install, easy driver setup (get the newest from the website beforehand and skip the CD). great sounding off the bat. Avide gamer and this gives me no fits in anything and way cheaper than the top shelf stuff with almost no difference in sound that I can tell. If your an audiophile, you might be disappointed as it does ok with music, but with gaming it's great.

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  • linh v.
  • 1/30/2014 9:40:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCreative Audigy Fx 70SB157000000 PCI Express x1

Pros: Bad sound, it duplicated voice when I use line in, no where to get tools for recording ( What you hear) .

Cons: I'm love this brand long time, I collection many kind of sound card, but this kind so dis-pointed, not recommend it to buyer.

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  • Michelle D.
  • 1/29/2014 10:29:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot a true Audigy. Very disappointed.

Pros: Compact low profile card, comes with low profile bracket for Micro-ATX cases, HD audio header for front panel spkr/mic connectivity, 600 ohm headphone amplifier, looks nice, but that's about where pros end.

Cons: Firstly, this is not a true Audigy card as the name might lead you to believe. See Other Thoughts for more on this. Audio output quality is inferior to the VIA onboard sound on my 4+ year old motherboard. There is no driver functionality for Stereo Mix (What U Hear) recording. I began experiencing random blue screens requiring a reboot when coming out of sleep, which never happened before.

Other Thoughts: The truth is that this card utilizes a Realtek ALC898 chip, not a chip by Creative Technology. It might actually be a downgrade to what you already have on your mainboard. I wasn't aware of this until after I purchased the card and tried figuring out what was making the sound so bad. It was only then I discovered it has a Realtek sound chip. I contacted Creative support about the lack of Stereo Mix/What U Hear recording capability and they simply stated that it was not supported on this model. Between this and the overall lack of sound quality, I would not recommend this card if either of these two attributes are important to you. I will say this: the card produces some loud audio to the headphones due to the 600 ohm amplifier. Loud and Bad are not a good combination, though. Trying to get the audio to not sound "muddy", or at least equal to my onboard sound was an exercise in futility. I was tempted to return the card for a refund, but I could not swallow the return shipping cost. Newegg did not offer to pay for the return UPS shipping label. I'm going to add this card to my spare parts bin and let it gather mold and mushrooms. Lesson learned.

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  • Scott S.
  • 1/24/2014 8:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor sound quality

Pros: None really, you get what you pay for.

Cons: The mobo sound is just as good with this card.
Very disappointed with SB on this one

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