Summary: While the card itself is a welcome upgrade to my rig, some might not like the super bright LED on the card. It happens to fit my color scheme for my build so no complaints from me.
Pros: Discrete cards will always be superior to onboard sound. Due to the separate processor for encoding and such. While I have had no issues with the card or the drivers/software, I will commend Creative for including 2.1 speaker setup in their software. The sound coming from the card is nice and cle...
Cons: the beamforming mic is completely worthless. the quality of the mic included is by far worse than a 10$ desktop mic from office depot. While they have updated the software, there are no explanations to what the different settings actually do.
Summary: The software isn't half bad. I've read a lot of complaints. It has crashed once in an entire month and a half of use. If anyone knows how to set this bad boy up for gaming with studio quality headphones please leave a comment so that everyone else can get the best out of their purchase.
Pros: - Easy of to install - throw it in and disable onboard in bios and off you go. - I can set my volume to 30% and achieve the same output that my onboard was putting out at 100%... Now I can listen to music at deafening volume! - For CS:GO I have not been able to find the correct settings to make t...
Cons: The red LED is so bright and clashes with the blue LEDs of my case. I sometimes wake up at night thinking the police are outside my house if I forgot to put the PC into sleep mode.
Summary: First, the card fits my Rampage III Extreme motherboard PCIe just fine, even with two graphical card present. I have uninstalled all drivers from the previous Sound Blaster X-Fi card. Replaced the card in PC.
Summary: Make sure to use a PCI-E x1 port - otherwise you will over-power the card. Headphone impedance only accounted for by volume changes, so if you have 32ohm headphones, be prepared to run at 6% volume or so. The ZXR has a software switch for low impedance headphones, but not the Z. Really, Creative?
Pros: 1. Headphone Amp 2. Good SNR/DAC 3. Decent software design (especially for mics) 4. Al EFI shielding 5. Fine Gold Nichicon capacitors - decent quality
Cons: 1. No software switch for Headphone impedance 2. Front audio jack delivers subpar performance 3. No additional power needed beyond that from port 4. LEDs are silly, EFI shielding could be better designed/less gimicky
Summary: Even though it is a hassle to get it started it is worth it in the end, I bought mine on sale for like $64 so that was a plus. Wish I knew how to turn off the red l.e.d. considering it doesn't fit with my color scheme.
Pros: I have it hooked up to my 5.1 surround sound and it has been working pretty well I must say. So far my surround sound is the only feature I have used so I cannot give any comments(yet) on any other features.
Cons: Knocked one egg because the setup is rather stupid and not very smooth, even if you know what you're doing you will still have to mess with it.
Summary: Bought this to bring 5.1 Dolby/DTS audio over spdif back to my pc after an upgrade (motherboards don't really have this anymore). Needed that for my aging receiver that doesn't strip the audio channel off hdmi, though I only hook my pc up to the tv occasionally.
Very decent sound compared to onboard audio... hufe difference, powerful..
Faisal Widad Alnakib, Amazon
2 November 2014
Summary: Worked without any issue in my Z87 MSI Mpower. Drivers are all fine. be careful not to disable the headphones or the actual devices relate to this because its a pig to get sorted again. The difference between onboard audi vs this is like night and day is just amazing! for the price its worth it.