Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20
Rated 5 out of 5 by VirtualTowersPeter amazing card
I was skeptical about getting a new cheaper sound card that the one i replaced (auzen x-fi prelude) as when this card came out it wasn't cheap, but as windows updated from 7 to 8 and then to 10, the driver support just fell apart and i had enough so thought ill go creative directly and WOW i didn't realize how bad my card had got in terms of audio quality!
This card gave new life to my sound system (Logitech z5500) everything was clearer, crisper, louder.... i was amazed at the difference...
the included microphone wasn't that great in Skype, but half of that is down to how much Skype has been screwed up by Microsoft and i didn't check the mic in any other application so it may be ok...
HIGHLY recommend this card to anyone! but there is a very bright red LED that comes from it so make sure that will fit your colour scheme if you have one, if not then its not a problem.
12 May 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Newdellmon Does all and more than I need.
I am not a gamer but wanted a decent sound upgrade for my PC which is my entertainment centre, ie TV and music. Alongside my Creative speakers this is a good combination and the headphone output to my Beyer headphones is very good. Being able to personalise settings for speakers and 'phones is handy.
05 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chyronn Great value for money with a lot of great features
I just received this card in the post today and I immediately set about installing it. I had read reviews and opinions about this card prior to deciding and most seemed positive with minor points of contention. Before this card I had an Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro which cost £200 and came with all sorts of break out boxes and a remote control; that was over 10 years' ago and with more modern incarnations of Windows, I found the drivers for that card were lacking or unsupported and had to find hacked drivers for it to work properly. To that end I decided to get an upgrade, the oldest thing in my PC finally got a replacement!
There are other iterations of this card [Zx and ZxR] with added features but cost a lot more but for someone on a moderate budget this is excellent value for money, its software is fully featured allowing you customise many aspects of how you hear the sound coming from your speakers, and as a side-note I have paired this card with Creative Inspire T6650 5.1 system and the sounds really pop. I really can't recommend this card enough. With my old card I thought I was getting the best experience even over on board sound [which should be abolished] but this card is something else. It's like I had Vaseline on my ears and on my speakers before but now everything is clear.
11 August 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by anthonye02 Crippled.
The greatest drawback to this card is that it has no support for Linux whatever... there aren't even any 3rd party drivers. In Windows, it produces good sound but a little heavy on the bass for my taste.
In any case, there are far better cards available.. step back a generation or two and Soundblaster's own X-Fi is the equal or better.. and comes with a generous list of programmes plus Linux support.. For these reasons, I do not recommend this product.
11 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by leviathonbeast Amazing Sound!
i decided to opt for a dedicated Sound card over the onboard and im amazed at the quality.
I am a gamer and i love my movies/music and this just does it all.
the sound quality is really clear and crisp i am only using my steelseries headset with it at the moment.
the scout mode isnt soo great it works but i am not sure if its just me or my headset it makes the audio sound like im in a church.
08 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SuttY Good card.
Very happy with the sound quality from this card. It looks good next to the GFX cards in red. The software is good and the base is really loud compared to my onboard. Works well with a good headset aswell. My trust in Creative has been restored!
29 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Saltire Even better than expected!
I bought this sound card for my new system comprising of the following components:
NZXT H440 Black/Red Case
Corsair Red LED AF/SP Fans - 1x140mm, 5x 120mm
Intel i5 4690K @ 4.7GHz (1.2v)
Asetek 240mm AIO Liquid Cooler
16Gb HyperX Savage 2400MHz DDR3
750w SuperFlower Leadex PSU
2x 240Gb Corsair Neutron XT SSDs (RAID 0)
3x 2TB Seagate Storage Drives
Creative SoundBlaster Z Sound Card
MSi Gaming 5 Z97 Motherboard
MSi 4Gb GTX 960 4G
The build quality is excellent and the sound quality is epic! I paired the card to my HyperX Cloud headset (1st version) and after fiddling with the software settings I noticed an immediate difference compared to my old Asus Xonar sound card.
The only negative comment I'd make is if you have your system on your desk you'll notice that the red LEDs are too bright. I fabricated a small cover for the edge of the sound card just so the LEDs aren't shining directly in my face. If your system is on the floor then it won't wake any difference.
Overall I'd definately recommend this sound card. 10/10 Recommended.
02 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greg88 What Difference in Sound Quality
The performance for the price you really can't beat it. Makes a better sound experience for games, movies etc.. If you are going to invest in a sound card do your self a favor and invest in either a good set of speakers or a good headset it just makes it better.
23 April 2015