Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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Good card, but needs some work
Edita Aksamitiene, Amazon
9 March 2015
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: I have installed my Sound Blaster Card. It is producing amazing sound. The red light shining through my see through case is pretty cool. The card is just a tad to small for my case so I can not screw it down to the case using the bracket. Other than that I am enjoying it.
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.
Summary: I upgraded from a Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium to this card for my new gaming system. Overall this card performs better and delivers clearer sound than the X-Fi, but has a few problems that keep it from earning 5 stars. First, there's the god-awful control panel.
Summary: Most of the time the software works as it should but it's not without it's faults. Usual issue is it locking up when I go to change a setting, any setting. A quick end task and relaunch usually fixes it.
Pros: Awesome sound. Analog connections. Software has everything you need to tweak the sound. Works great with a full sized 5.1 setup.
If only I didn't care about 5.1 audio in my games....
12 September 2014
Summary: Kinda expensive, but it appeared to be my only option if I wanted a sound card that did Dolby Digital through an optical output. At least my case emanates an awesome red glow through the vents now. It will go well with my favorite adult site when I'm taking a break from gaming.