Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card

The graphics in modern games are absolutely amazing but the package is only complete when you add the awesome sound effects, guns rattling, lasers cutting through the air, commands shouted, the mind-blowing noise of war.

Most gaming motherboards are equipped with good onboard sound chips but when you want to enjoy the maximum experience of a game, you need brilliant sound. Something like the quad core Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe sound card. 

Yes, QUAD CORE sound card! The specs, as you would expect, are impressive. And quoting Creative: “A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is 35.4 times better than motherboard audio.”

Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster Z specifications:

Output Level (Full Scale)
  • Front Channel Out : 2Vrms
  • Headphone (33 ohms): 1.3Vrms
  • Headphone (600 ohms): 2Vrms
Maximum DAC Resolution
  • Front Channel Out : 24-bit, 192kHz
  • Headphone (33 ohms): 24-bit, 96kHz
  • Headphone (600 ohms): 24-bit, 96kHz
SNR (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt),
@ 24-bit, 96kHz
  • Front Channel Out : 116dB
  • Headphone (33 ohms): >105dB
  • Headphone (600 ohms): >105dB
Frequency Response @ 96kHz
  • Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
  • Rear Channel Out : 15Hz to 45kHz
  • Center Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
  • Headphone (33 ohms): 10Hz to 45kHz
Frequency Response @ 192kHz
(Stereo only)
  • Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 88kHz
Supported Output Stereo/2.1 Speakers
5.1 Speakers

“In gaming, if you’re not communicating, you’re not winning,” says Creative. They should know – they are gaming experts. Their CrystalVoice™ suite of technologies removes echoes and ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (CrystalVoice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you move near or further away from the microphone.

The Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe sound card is available online at R1 069.

The Sound Blaster Zx model with the Accessible Audio Control Module and glowing LED lighting costs R1 750.

Date: 17 Apr 2013