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Creative Sound Blaster Z
9.6 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster Z

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Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z

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Overall 2
2.0

Pretty, but a huge pile of $#!^

Anonymous, Newegg
2 days ago
  • Summary: I would definitely NOT recommend this card. $100-$120 is 4X what it's worth.
  • Pros: -Pretty in my case (Even though the nice looking part faces down, so you can't really see anything except the PCB back anyway)
  • Cons: I've had this card for a couple years now.... but only because I'm too lazy or too nervous to spend another $100+ on a sound card after this one. The program used with this device is the worst I've ever used. 99% of the time I try to open it to make some adjustments it freezes and crashes. If i w...
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Overall 2
2.0

Card stopped reading less than a month after installation

Matthew S., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Pros: Great card, my sound was great, no EMI from my video card, and the microphone is fantastic
  • Cons: It broke in less than 30 days, my computer no longer detects the card in either of my two PCIE slots so I know it's not my computer. Not sure what to do about a replacement or return because I no longer have the packaging.
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Overall 2
2.0

What a piece of junk!

Braden D., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: - If this issue is not resolved I will not be recommending Creative products.
  • Pros: - It looks pretty
  • Cons: - The thing is overpriced for what it is - The drivers have some weird channel swapping issue, at least on Windows 8.1; the front/rear channels, and the left/right channels and the sub-woofer channel are all jacked up. Right now my games sound horrible and the voices in videos are playing on the ...
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Overall 2
2.0

Do not buy!

Christopher R., Newegg
24 March 2016
  • Summary: I like the company, and have purchase several of their products over the years, but would be hesitant to recommend their products in the future
  • Pros: This is a very good looking card, the beam forming microphone is a good idea
  • Cons: When it made sound the sound that came from it was so distorted that it was painful to listen to. I do not recall the microphone ever working at all. At first I thought that it was because I had purchased a re-furbished motherboard, however after purchasing a brand new motherboard there was no ch...
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Overall 2
2.0

Caused Massive Problems and Headaches.

Cole G., Newegg
1 February 2016
  • Summary: No, do not buy this card.
  • Pros: Initially this card performed well. See cons.
  • Cons: After about 4 months I started having intermittent problems with this card. I shrugged them off. They started getting worse. Fast forward one more month. Any microphone plugged into this card becomes 100% unusable do to an electronic garbling sound. None of the fixes online were able to make it f...
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Overall 2
2.0

Don't buy for a fast booting PC.

Gary Danielson, Amazon
28 November 2015
  • Summary: If you have a fast booting PC with SSD's, do not purchase this item. The soundcard will not initialize in time before windows starts and it won't recognize it. This is a known issue with Creative and they haven't bothered to fix it.
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Overall 2
2.0

Great card, too many driver issues

Alexander A., Newegg
30 October 2015
  • Pros: Amazing sound quality
  • Cons: Apparently Creative has some of the worst sound drivers in the market. I didn't know this until about a year ago when the sound started spontaneously cutting out on its own. It went from once a week to now almost once every day. The problem seems to be a conflict with Skype, which I use quite oft...
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Overall 2
2.0

win7 issues

Kadir S., Newegg
14 August 2015
  • Summary: After seeing bugs in performing simple tasks, I'm scared to plugin my guitar to this thing. I'd probably have to spend 2 weeks trying to get a sound out... Last SB I own for sure.
  • Pros: None so far. Old Audigy was better
  • Cons: Why does soundblasters always with driver issues? The Control Panel takes literally 5 minutes to start after clicking on it. There is no intuitive way to set up for headphone jack detection.
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Overall 2
2.0

SAVE your Money

Harry C., Newegg
26 July 2015
  • Summary: The red Led is a stupid idea and does nothing for the Performance of the Sound Card! If ya keep putting out cards like this Ill go elsewhere for my Soundcard needs.
  • Pros: None that are any different from the Audigy card I replaced
  • Cons: No 2.1 configuration ( I was told there would be by support) no volume control in program? have to manually crank down the Volume using knob on speaker? In program like online video its either Full blast or no sound at all. ( never had this issue with the Audigy?)
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Overall 2
2.0

Card Died 2 weeks after warranty expired.

Steven H., Newegg
17 May 2015
  • Summary: Not going to buy another one.
  • Pros: Was a really nice card. Pretty good software.
  • Cons: Headphone stereo jack started flaking out ONE WEEK after the (one year) warranty expired.
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