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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy RX 7.1 PCIe Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2016 2:08:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe definitive choice for gaming enthusiasts demanding correct audio. What are you waiting for, an engraved invitation?

Pros: Two microphone inputs, as well as a separate line-in, in addition to the analog and optical audio outs.
Much, much simpler driver from Creative compared to the X-Fi Xtremegamer I was using previously.
Even on Windows 10, most of the EAX games I have tried so far have been able to enable it flawlessly.
No need for a "mode switch" like the old X-Fi cards did.
ACTUAL 7.1 and ACTUAL hardware processing like the X-Fi cards of old do, and UNLIKE the SoundBlaster Recon and SB Z line which use software mode for those games instead.

Cons: While there is no more mode switching necessary to use what this card is capable of unlike the X-Fi series the core chip is based on, it does lose some of the advanced controls that were present on the older series of cards.

Other Thoughts: Some people out there might wonder why they would ever get a sound card, when there are USB headsets and saying "onboard audio is fine." Well, nobody ever accused them of being correct.

Even now, in 2016, onboard audio has, and always remains, terrible for actual gaming. Realtek makes the overwhelming majority of audio chips that get put on motherboards, and all of them - literally, all of them - are terrible. Even in basic Windows tasks, they have terrible audio quality, and more importantly, to use them with anything but games explicitly coded for OpenAL, they lack the punch and depth of sound that a real sound card can output. And this is the best case scenario. If you're playing anything that isn't explicitly coded for this; if you're using actual surround sound; if you're running an older Operating System, or if you're playing older games on a newer OS, you are going to quickly hate and despise how poorly they sound on your flashy new hardware.

What people fail to understand, is that the audio capabilities in stuff like DirectX, OpenAL, and even the older EAX, behaved in the same way as DirectX and OpenGL do for graphics. Namely, if your audio chip cannot support certain elements or are limited in what they can do, the software API will limit what gets processed to something that the audio chip you are using CAN do. So just like you would be missing some rendering effects using a much older card on a game and OS capable of much newer graphics techniques, you too can and are likely missing much of the audio breadth from your old and new games, by using the $2 Realtek chip.
Further, the thing you have to keep in mind if you want to rev up some older games on your new hardware, is the acronym EAX. So to get EAX now, you need a sound card. But to get the FULL capability of EAX, you are pretty much pigeonholed into using Creative; as tempting as the Asus Xonar series cards are, the limitation of that card is that even with GX companion hardware, they are limited to only being able to emulate EAX 2, and 5. To get all five levels of EAX, you need a Creative sound card. Lastly, at present, while one might think the more expensive SoundBlaster Z series (Z/x/R) would be "better" because more money, the awful truth is that that series of cards can only emulate EAX in *soft*ware. The X-Fi series, and the Audigy Fx/Rx you see here, use HARDware support. Think of it like going from the intel GMA of your work PC to running your game on an actual GPU for the first time. That's the kind of difference that a card like this can make. Yes, you need some proper speakers to better appreciate the difference. That said, if you want CORRECT audio for all your current games, all your older games, all your legacy games, YOU NEED THIS CARD. And if you finished reading all this, and still haven't clicked purchase, then perhaps you do not deserve to have your games sounding your best.

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  • Alexander A.
  • 4/5/2016 11:28:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat quality, compatablility, and price

Pros: - High quality audio
- 7.1 Channel surround
- 2 Microphone inputs

Cons: - Weird software included has some strange, non useful features
- Confusing placement of the front audio jack connector
- Poor labeling on the back for connections

Other Thoughts: The front panel I/O connectors share channels with the stereo speakers & one of the mic inputs, so note that if you intend to use headphones you must turn off your speakers too.

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  • Erminio R.
  • 2/24/2016 10:49:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOwner

Pros: *It`s hard to beat an Audigy Sound Blaster Sound Card*

Cons: No cons.

Other Thoughts: It looks,it sounds, and it reads a lot like my first great Audigy Sound Blaster Sound Card
*Thanks for another great Audigy Sound Blaster Sound Card*

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  • Stephen P.
  • 9/7/2015 1:09:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: PCIe, Soundfont support, latency configuration, appears to be Windows 10 compatible. Very good sound quality.

Cons: Windows 8.1 compatibilty issues. Midi applications are more difficult to configure in recent Windows operating systems. Older version of PCIe.

Other Thoughts: Supermicro X10SRi-F-O, Intel E5-2620V3, PNY VCGGTX7602XPB video card, WD2000FYYZ Hard Drive, (2) Samsung Memory M393A1G40DB0-CPB, Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4 CPU Heat Sink, LG BH16NS40 DVD drive, (2) Noctua NF-S12A-FLX fans, (1) Noctua NF-S12A-PWM fan/Windows 10 Pro/64 bit, Corsair AX860i power supply.

The Audigy Rx sound card had significant compatibility problems with Windows 8.1. Most, if not all, of the issues appeared to be resolved in Windows 10 and with the Creative Labs issue of updated drivers. For those that use the Midi features, even the Soundfont Bank Manager and Vienna appear to work properly in Windows 10. I have briefly tested the card with Cubase 4 (64 bit), and with up to date demo versions of Pro Tools and Sonar Professional and have been able to use audio input, output, latency and sound font features of the card. Configuration of the card in these software packages, however can be trying and there may be other limitations based on the software and the configuration.

One last note - the new Windows Media Player kept defaulting back to the GMS built into Windows 10. But, my most recent trial of Media Player midi features indicates that the Audigy Rx sound fonts are finally being utilized. This may be a Microsoft/Media Player issue in that Microsoft appears to be abandoning and/or scaling back Midi and sound font technology.

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  • Claude D.
  • 7/30/2015 10:14:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAwfull product

Pros: True low latency ASIO driver (fully fonctionnal at 5 ms)

Cons: - Bug
- A lot of restart to install and update drivers
- Bug
- EAX (main features) is broken on recent OS
- a lot of random glitches in the sound
- Records input are not independant like specified
- Unable to use more than one sound input (there are 3 on the card)

Other Thoughts: This card is a true disasters like all other Audigy card... Drivers are not compatible, technical support is awfull, etc...

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 3/1/2015 8:41:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Amazing sounding 7.1 Card, full support for windows 8.1
Considering the card is so cheap It makes a huge upgrade over my onboard sound.

Cons: This Con is not for this card but creative itself... Why in the heck is this the only newer card that offers 7.1 ???????

Other Thoughts: For such a cheap price tag, you get some great sound. Just be sure you have a pcie slot open and not blocked by video cards

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  • Zakery F.
  • 1/29/2015 7:22:18 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA (kind of)

Pros: Got it on sale

Cons: The card was some weird form of DOA. I followed the instructions. The first time I tried to turn on my computer afterwards it went to the boot prompt and said "failed to find operating system." not a good sign. So I restarted, this time it booted into windows, and I saw it listed in devices with the "!" sign on it. I assume just because it didn't have any drivers installed yet. So I started installing the drivers from the disc. On the menu where you select where to install, it suddenly froze. Everything except the mouse, I couldn't do anything. had to force restart. Booted and signed in, and within one second everything froze again in the exact same way. So I turned off the computer and un-plugged the card. Windows wanted to do a repair when I booted it up, so I did that. Now it's back to the way things were before I ever started. This was a disaster, and I would be furious if I spent full price on this card.

Other Thoughts: The website for support was a complete disaster. I couldn't find any help on this type of issue.

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  • 1/24/2015 3:12:01 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRant on Creative Support Site

Pros: Will update this section soon.

Cons: See rant (other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: Potential buyers may wish to know the drivers appear to come as part of a gigantic Creative Software Suite (267MB). Creative: please provide separate driver and application downloads.

The bigger issue is that Creative's support site is EXTREMELY slow. As I write this review the single file is downloading to my PC at an average of 70 KB/s after 30 minutes in the download queue. Meanwhile I did a speed test that shows my download speed as being able to reach 95.84 MB/s (I'm at my workplace which as super-fast internet). You can see why I'm raging. I have better things to do than sit and wait for an hour for a 267MB download.

I will update with user experience after the download finally completes.

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  • 1/13/2015 4:16:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnderrated home studio gem

Pros: Low latency hi-res hardware based sound processing/recording. Supports true ASIO 2.0 WITH live monitoring. Solid realtime live effects processing and "soundfont" compatible midi synth are in hardware. Heavy tasks are not remotely troubling my CPU. My Xonar cant do this.

The drivers are solid and the card's full functionality is recognized by all of the recording/DAW software I have tried.

Cons: The software bundle is weak. Actually quite lame. If you want a "Karaoke Card" (does anybody really want this?) it might be terrific. Podcasters will also find some benefit to the effects processor and simultaneous input recording/monitoring. The rest is all fluff.

The front panel jacks are shared, not switched. This is a pretty big con that doesnt affect me much since mine is a headphones-only application.

Other Thoughts: This is in many ways an Audigy 4 with a PCIe interface tacked on, so its 10-year old tech. But its good tech, and I don't need a full-on fancy/expensive recordists card. This card was DESIGNED for recording back when, but is not currently marketed that way. Pity.

For gaming, or home theater, I would not pick this. For home recording for the non-novice on a budget, it has been PERFECT; a lot of bang for the buck.

The FX version of this card DOES NOT use the same tried and true EMU chipset. The RX and FX cards aren't remotely related, so cant really be compared for value.

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  • Joseph J.
  • 12/5/2014 9:45:43 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBEWARE - 3 PORT 7.1 Audio ONLY

Pros: Good looking card, great packaging, pretty solid 5.1 and lower sound.

Cons: Outrageously stupid 3 port 7.1 audio. See Other.

Other Thoughts: Shame on me for not reading the fine fine fine print and then thinking that the pictures in their online manual were of, you know, real cables. Nope. They're not for sale anywhere I can find, they ONLY come with their speakers, and that's it.

Here's the deal -- if you have a Creative speaker/amp then you're in luck - they seem to come with the proprietary cables that are needed to actually hook up 7.1 audio. Problem is that I've got Razor's Tiamat 7.2 Headset. I'm not going to waste my time buying 4 more cables and rigging up some work around for Creative's horrific design choice on this card.
Think about this:
There are TWO Microphone jacks, AND a line in.
Then they went with 2x 4-Poll 3.5mm jacks and 1x 3-Poll 3.5mm jack that handles all 8 speaker channels in a 7.1 setup.
Worst. Design. Ever.
I gave Creative another chance after 5 generations of Audigy thinking it was time to see if they've gotten their game together. I'm fully disappointed.

There won't be a next time.

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