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Creative Sound Blaster Z
9.7 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster Z

An ideal all-round audio & gaming solution 116dB Signal-to-Noise Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z

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Overall 6
6.0

7 out of 8 ain't bad.

Donnie N., Newegg
18 May 2015
  • Pros: I've used Creative sound cards going back to the AWE 32. This is the first time I'm been not all that happy but will keep the Card. A real score would be 3.5. I liked the old software better and wish there were a way to still use it. The best sound on this card is Stereo 2.0 since it doesn't like...
  • Cons: Have to detune the card or it is just too loud, harsh and noisy. Shame on you Creative for trying sell software that should be free with a card that costs this much. After all of these years this might be my last creative based card. My DT-770 Beyerdynamics cans doesn't need an AMP.
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Overall 6
6.0

NOT SO GOOD

Harry H., Newegg
18 February 2015
  • Summary: Worked in Stereo but not in 5.1 mode which I wanted. Tried all available slots I had and it sounded the same in all. In 5.1 mode was a lot of cracking and Hissing. Some sound but overall not what it should be. I'll stay with my old sound blaster but I have to RMA this card and get my money back.
  • Pros: Its a Sound Blaster
  • Cons: Non except it didn't work properly.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good for headphones, bad for 5.1

Anonymous, Newegg
2 February 2015
  • Summary: Very good for headphone users. Very bad for home-threatre/5.1 users.
  • Pros: Built-in amplifier is actually very powerful for it's price. Exceptional sound quality. Additional features for gaming makes me a better player (Scout mode). Great features for movies, easier to understand dialogues.
  • Cons: Very poor 5.1 support, lacks some serious configuration and games thinks it's a stereo card. Zero surround/stereo for 5.1. Had to buy many adapters and other stuff to make surrounding realistic, because SBX Surround just fills speakers, but sound that's supposed to sound only on right speakers, s...
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Overall 6
6.0

Review:Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone

Colleen Z., Newegg
11 December 2014
  • Summary: I was hoping that the "shielding" advertised with this SB product would have done a better job preventing static noise coming through speakers. Regardless, the fact that the noise is there, combined with the lack of EAX controls, and some issues trying to download updates with Creative's auto...
  • Pros: Looks fancy, quality sound, some interesting options in the control panel, definitely geared towards online gamers with some cool features to enhance voice.
  • Cons: With the headphones plugged in, there is a louder than desired "static noise" audible. Also, the control panel lacks the EAX effects options of my last sound blaster.
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Overall 6
6.0

Could be better

Ross B., Newegg
1 November 2014
  • Summary: I updated from a soundblaster x-fi titanium..and really believe the options are far better than the Z.Though the Z does sound good with a slightly higher SNR. I'm using the digital out to a mcintosh MHT100 with B&W CDM SE speakers for music & gaming...and it sounds excellent.
  • Pros: Sounds pretty good if you can get it to work.Pretty red aluminum housing.
  • Cons: Drivers.Duh. Bad drivers and creative go together like cookies & milk. If your installing from a blank slate,driver installation seems to go somewhat smooth.If uninstalling drivers from a older card,it's a borderline nightmare. I mean really creative,make software that can completely be removed w...
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Overall 6
6.0

Creative Sound

Michael D., Newegg
31 October 2014
  • Pros: yay it works, it used a PCI-E slot that I could have used for something useful like HDMI Capture Card, It hogs a entire slot to be not much better then onboard
  • Cons: Creative Labs lost something over time, they had great quality before with MIDI AWE32/64 wave table, now all there new sound cards are really no better than a glittery on board realtek without that wavetable it’s not really a gaming sound card it’s just tagged as gaming to sell, but you play a re...
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Overall 6
6.0

A little disappointed

Pedro C., Newegg
15 August 2014
  • Pros: I've been a Sound Blaster happy customer for 20+ years since I had the Sound Blaster AWE32, Live!, Live! 24-Bit, Audigy 2, Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and now the Sound Blaster Z. The Sound Blaster Z has a great quality and excellent OpenAL hardware acceleration on games, I see the Sound Core3D proces...
  • Cons: Creative, what happened to you in these last years? There is a known issue with the Sound Blaster Z and MSI motherboards when you use UEFI boot. I read on forums that happens as well on ASUS motherboards. The card sometimes isnt detected at every boot, even on legacy mode. I have to reseat the ca...
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Overall 6
6.0

OK but noise on startup and shutdown

James B., Newegg
2 August 2014
  • Summary: I like the equalizer and some of the other control features, but the sartup and shutdown noises is nearly a deal breaker. Have installed the card in different slots and reinstalled the drivers to no avail.
  • Pros: sounds good for music and netflix streaming.
  • Cons: Makes a very loud thump from the subwoofer when I log off, even if the volume is at zero. Also makes some popping noises during startup, but not as loud as shutsown noise. If my wife is asleep before me, when I shut down the computer it wakes her up.
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Overall 6
6.0

Better but still needs improvement

Catherine S., Newegg
29 July 2014
  • Summary: You can't use Scout Mode if you have SBX pro Studio activated. I have tried scout mode on a lot of games, and I cant tell any difference. I think this was a selling ploy for FPS gamers.
  • Pros: -Works better then onboard sound processor. -Bright red Light Emitting Diodes for Red lighting enthusiasts - Had NO issues with drivers , nor did I have to disable onboard sound or delete drivers.
  • Cons: -Card has issues initializing and being recognized after starting windows on occasion. -Microphone port on the back panel will stop working occasionally
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Overall 6
6.0

Just loud

Fengtong H., Newegg
26 July 2014
  • Pros: With fixed sitting amplifier this sound card is very loud evening at very low volume.
  • Cons: can't tell the difference between the SB and on board sound card with all sound effects off. I am using Shure SHR 440 headphone.
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