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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone
  • PCI Express x1 5.1 Channels
  • TOSLink Optical Input and Output
  • Sound Core3D Processor
  • Beamforming Microphone
  • $119.99
  • $99.99
  • Save: $20.00 (17%)
  • $1.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Alternative to Motherboard Integrated Sound Chip 06/27/2014

This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone


excellent specs for the price

easy to install and configure

low profile, thus less obstruction to air cooling of video card

software and driver easy updated

with optical in and optical out

supplied microphone is good

improved sound quality of my 11 year old Logitech Z 680 5.1 speaker system,

used rca direct 6 channels to bypass speaker's Dolby and DTS decoder

Sound quality- low noise, improved bass and high frequency response, excellent soundstage with good separation. very clear voice during gaming

ready for online games with DD and DTS live

useful equalizer for tweaking speakers output


red led light can not be turned off

rca connection not colored coded, may confuse some users

only 5.1 on both DTS and Dolby Digital, not for a 7.1 system

materials used are standard, not high grade but good enough to enjoy good sound, durability still to be seen given the quality of the hardware

Other Thoughts:

Users need to disable first onboard sound card using device manager ( on windows 7, system/device manager/sound/ Realtek on Asus motherboard) before installing sound card.

Follow instructions and update software and driver accordingly

Got this sound card as a gift from a friend

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