- PCI Express x 1, 5.1 Channels
- TOSLink Optical Input and Output
- Sound Core 3D Processor
- Beamforming Microphone
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What took me so long?? 02/20/2013
First off, I have to say WOW! Back in the late 80's and early 90's when I was building computers I would ALWAYS buy a sound card. There simply wasn't "on board" sound back then. Once the sound started being incorporated into the motherboards, I just went with it to save some money. With my latest gaming rig however, I've splurged as much as possible to give me the best experience I could afford (which meant a dedicated sound card as a luxury). WOW!! I'm hearing things in my games, movies and music that I never heard before! I have my computers audio being pumped through my home theater receiver with 5.1 surround using floor standing, full range speakers. Every sound that projects from my system now is SO crisp and clear it's like I'm having an EARGASM! Footsteps in my games, guitar licks I never noticed, the spacial surround sound that envelops me......these are all new to me thanks to the Sound Blaster Zx!!
I did NOT use the installation disk at all. I went right to Creative's web site and downloaded the latest drivers. That's all I wanted was the latest drivers. None of the other "bloatware" that usually comes with a new peripheral. Now I've read some of the other reviews on here and some of the people are complaining about SEVERE LAG when they open the drivers software to make some adjustments. Perhaps they didn't uninstall and remove previous sound drivers and whatnot. I want to make it clear that I have NO LAG at all. Not sure if these other people know how to keep their system clean and clear by preforming routine maintenance such as using Disk Defragmenter, or keeping their system registry clean and in order.
The drivers provide an AMAZING amount of adjustments and tweaks to provide you with just the right sound you're looking for. And these adjustments can be saved as profiles! You may want your gaming sound profile to be different than your movie or music profile, and Creative will allow you to do just that.
The included stereo microphone on the ACM (Audio Control Module) is a nice bonus that works GREAT!
For ME and MY system, there isn't a single con to be had.
If you're looking to upgrade from "on-board" sound, this is a SOLID choice! With the features it offers and some amazing drivers, you can't go wrong with this card!
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