Creative Sound Blaster Z Sound Card Review

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Looking at the card itself, we can see it is a PCI-E card, and features the Sound Blaster Soundcore 3D. We like the transparent window and the general design of this card.

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The card is no thicker than the height of the PCI slot so this won’t cause any problems with neighbouring graphics cards etc.

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The I/O panel includes 5 jacks (1 x Headphones, 1 x Line/Mic In and 3 x Speaker Out), as well as an Optical in and Optical Out.
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The metal cover still allows access to the front panel header and allows some air to circulate around the board.

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The metal cover can be removed with  just four screws, giving full access to the very shiny PCB and components.

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The main thing to note are that the jacks are gold-plated, which means they won’t corrode as quickly as the more standard silver-plated connectors.

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Compared to other sound cards the PCB seems to be spartan. We like the fact that the PCB is black and not green.

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The back of the device only features the warranty labels and all the soldering for the connections.

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  • Joe

    My biggest problem with creative has always been their drivers and software. it is so unoptimised and clunky and often there will be huge bugs which take a long time to fix. I try to avoid them when possible if I was being honest.

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  • Unknown

    How dare you speak the truth Joe!

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