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Creative Sound Blaster Z Sound Card Review

Overall, in all the environments tested we found the sound quality of the Creative Sound Blaster Z Sound Card to be excellent.

It is certainly an improvement on previous generation X-Fi cards and the software seemed fairly robust during testing. However, we do feel that the Asus Xonar range may have the slight advantage in a few areas, but you do have to pay for the extra quality.

We found the software to be a solid partner for the sound card with many settings to improve the gaming experience, however it could be improved further. For instance; it could load quicker, it could look better and it could be more logical to use.

As Creative themselves put it, the Sound Blaster Z Sound card is an ideal all-round audio and gaming solution and at a price of only £79.99 from OCUK. This is at a slightly lower price point to the ASUS Xonar D2x Sound Card and therefore will target a wider audience. It is certainly ‘worth buying’ however and comes highly recommended.


  • Good build quality.
  • Value for money.
  • Powerful headphone amplifier.
  • Easy to use software.


  • Unattractive and slow loading software.
  • Stiff competition.

Kitguru says: Good value for money combined with excellent performance. Recommended.

Rating: 8.0.

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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.

  • Unknown

    How dare you speak the truth Joe!