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Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module
  • PCI Express x1, 5.1 Channels
  • TOSLink Optical Input and Output
  • Sound Core3D Processor
  • Beamforming Microphone
  • $174.99
  • $151.99
  • Save: $23.00 (13%)
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There is a noticeable improvement in sound quality over the on-board sound on my motherboard.


The software seems very under-developed. If you watched the interview with the Creative rep on the NeweggTV channel, they made it out to sound like a lot more than it actually is.
There is a bug with multi-monitor setups where the sound starts only coming out of one speaker when you drag a sound-producing window from one monitor to another. Toggling from Headphones to Speakers and back (or vica versa) fixes it, but its still very annoying.
The sound quality isn't nearly as good as my old ASUS Xonar card.
The red LED on the card is BRIGHT and you can't turn it off.

Other Thoughts:

It's not a bad card, but it is not all that they made it out to be either. At this price point on such a new card I was expecting improvements over my old sound card, but I haven't found any.

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