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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card

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About this product


  • Ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs
  • Comes complete with the Sound Blaster beamforming microphone for crystal clear voice communication
  • Takes the strain of audio processing away from your primary CPU, improving PC performance and audio quality

Product overview

• Ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs
• Comes complete with the Sound Blaster beamforming microphone for crystal clear voice communication
• Takes the strain of audio processing away from your primary CPU, improving PC performance and audio quality

116 dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116 dB means your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is 35.4 times better than motherboard audio.

SBX Pro Studio™ technologies
Experience awe-inspiring audio with the SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies that immerses you in your games and movies with amazing detail and a 360-degree true-to-life sound stage.

Crystal clear communication
In gaming, if you're not communicating, you're not winning. Experience crystal clear communication with your teammates with the Crystal Voice™ suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (Crystal Voice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you move near or further away from the microphone.

Sound Blaster Beam forming Microphone
When used with Crystal Voice Focus, the bundled beam forming microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard with amazing clarity.

Sound Core3D audio processor
The quad-core Sound Core3D™ audio processor was designed to offload SBX Pro Studio and Crystal Voice effects processing from your primary CPU, improving your overall PC performance, resulting in drastically superior audio and voice quality.

Advanced home entertainment audio
Experience like never before the power of Sound Blaster audio with your home entertainment today! With Sound Blaster Z's gold-plated connectors, speaker optimization technology and digital content encoding capability, you can be assured of only the best digital audio possible.

High fidelity surround sound
Connect to your home theatre system through a single digital cable and enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or multi-channel streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.

Never unplug your headphones again
With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like this awesome sound card Comes in a nice, red metal shield to further reduce background interference and looks awesome when powered on in my windowed case! The included microphone is also quite handy. Would recommend to everyone who demands the best sound quality for entertainment and games! The staff at Tottenham Hale Branch are very helpful, they are very patient and knowledgeable, thumb up! Special thanks to them for helping me making the right decision. Do make sure you use an analogue headphone though, as USB headphone will not take advantage of the sound card.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought one of these as I had my Creative X-Fi for about 6 years, so I was due an upgrade. The sound is amazing through my 5.1 speakers. The software lets you chose presets for gaming, and my Frame rate in ARMA 3 online has gone from 42 FPS to 52 FPS. There is also a scout mode for gaming, so no more knifing in the back from sneaky enemies. I don't usually bother with the software, I just install the drivers as 9 times out of 10 it is just bloatware, but I am impressed with the software that comes with this card. Movies sound great with the multiple settings, Dolby, DTS and DTS Neo PC, there are also sliders to give you more control for a more immersive feel to movies and music. I have been using a Fatality headset for around 6 years which was great for me, but not so good for anyone that came round while I was listening to my PC, so it is great now I can have my speakers back, plugged into this sound card. My mate got one of these too, and for the first time since BF3 came out, he hit the 100 kills in a round, so I can recommend this card for Gaming. 10 out of 10.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enhanced Professional Sound Blaster A valued enhancement to my sound system enriching musical appreciation.
Date published: 2016-08-22
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Does this soundcard come with any software or any available that i can get for a bass boost and a EQ? Thanks

Asked by: Welder_
No software is listed as provided with the item.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-05-11

dose it work on windows 10

Asked by: alf23
This item has no Win 10 support.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-09-19

does this card have a built in mixer

Asked by: jayb
No, I am sorry but this will not does not have a built in mixer.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-06-17

Will this work with Windows Server 2012 R2 workstation

Asked by: clrwl04
This has only been tested by the manufacturer for Windows 7, 8 and 10 so we cannot guarantee compatibility with your system.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-06-03

will this fit into the bigger type pci express slot? or do i need to use the small pci express slot. it is coverd by my graphics card only have big pci express slots spare

Asked by: Mike
This has been known to work but we have to advise to try and use the correct slot for the item.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-03-15

Hi what is the power consumption 

Asked by: Nibs
This service is open for frequently asked questions, In order for us to best assist you with any issue you may have with a product please contact our technical team on the details below: 0333 400 9757 or email
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-02-18

hi there i have build a gaming pc f i play gta v i cant get sound will this sound card work with it thanks

Asked by: stev1995
Unfortunately this could be down to a number of reasons, we cannot say that this card would solve the problem.
Answered by: Brad
Date published: 2016-01-01

Can I use this card to connect my TV (an LG 42ub820v ) via the SPDIF out from the TV into this card then out of my computer speakers?

Asked by: BenS
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-07-17
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