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.