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Creative Sound Blaster ZX PCIe Gaming Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster ZX PCIe Gaming Sound Card

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It seems having Windows 10 is going to keep me from this drop...
I'm running a SB-Z soundcard on the latest Win10 (April 2018, 1803). installed the old-and-seemingly-outdated creative drivers and everything works as intended - full functionality, zero issues.
DPC latency is well within the limit, ASIO works just as good, even Kernel Streaming /WASAPI works without latency or hiccups.

Clean install is not a bad word though. I genuinely believe (that with Windows*) you should perform a clean install with any internal hardware change.

I'm confident you'll get this working properly in no time.
I do not recommend any of Creative sound cards. They make pretty good hardware, but their drivers are almost always terrible and they are rarely (if ever) updated.
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Gamers to Creative: What have you done for me lately...
OMG, sooooo true!!! The drivers are the only reason I'll never get another creative product for as long as I live. Remember EAX? I'm surprised that company is still around.
Anyone figured out how to install it? I followed everything including the stuff on the creative forum (unplugging entire machine before connecting, reconnecting, disable fastboot, unplug USB headset, etc), installation still can't seem to detect the hardware.

edit: never mind, changed pcie slot and worked
How well do they work for the HD6XX for gaming? I don’t necessarily need the best sound, they always sound fantastic but they suck at gaming cause u cant really tell what’s up and down etc. Any ideas? Would be great, thanks.
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sorry left out any kind of advice cause I haven't auditioned many setups and I believe the hd6xx can improve a lot with more powerfull amps but there are budget options that will support the hd6xx and its high impedence just fine. I believe the jds labs options here on massdrop are good and schiit also is in the running but I don't own any schiit gear so I can't really tell you if its... schiit. You still get many benefits with the hd6xx and its high impedence cable without going overkill, I have the jds el amp but I think its about 100 dollars over the mark you should aim for since supposedly the objective2 amp is about the same at 130 dollars total. I think you should aim for something similiar to objective2 + odac, so just over 100 dollars on each part. I'd also recommend seperate devices instead of combo as I havent seen many claims that combos sound better or save money and if you do get upgraditis you dont have to buy a whole new combo, usually the amp upgrade is sufficient.
You rang? I bought my SBZ a few years ago and used it to push PC37X / K7XX / HD6XX with no issues. I've since bought a Schiit stack for my Audeze LCD2Fs and HD6XX but there are times I don't want to fire it up so I'll plug into the SBZ. The SBZ is far from "perfect" but it's 1/10th the cost of my Schiit stack and more than good enough for gaming / casual music enjoyment.

I'm an old school gamer so I still run all my games in stereo (CSGO / Fortnite / PUBG at the moment), the sound stage on the HD6XX is a beautiful thing! I'm the teammate telling you when someone's creeping up from behind 2 seconds before you can hear 'em.

If you're joining this drop make sure you bypass the desktop volume control module and just plug directly into the SBZ. I ran extension cables so they're easily accessible on top of my desk due to the cabinet my PC lives in (4 x 120mm fans installed for exhaust purposes).
I've had the ZxR for a long time, almost since it was released. I loved it so much that I continued to go with mATX boards/cases because I wanted a space for my ZxR. The surround voodoo with stereo headset is seriously game changing. Best used with a really open headset like the AKG 7xx that has great sound stage.

However, pretty much every windows 10 update has been breaking the drivers, rendering it almost useless lately. It's a shame.
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MS is making a lot of changes to the audio sub-system and we're actively working with them to resolve these items as quickly as we can. We're on it and aware believe me!
Awesome. I still have the card in my system and I eagerly await it working again. I love the product and definitely do not want to replace it.
Anyone know how well the EMI shielding on this works? Will it protect against interference from my GPU? Right now I get lots noise from onboard audio whenever I fire up a GPU intensive game.
EMI shielding is really only going to shield from OUTSIDE interference. Things like signals coming from other devices not onboard the PC, etc.

You should be shielded from any noise that's being generated on the motherboard due to the Zx's circuit design...BUT if you're in close proximity to the GPU and your GPU has fans on it (not watercooled) when those fans spin up, they have a tendency to generate a LOT of "noise" due to the way the fans are powered and operate. This can lead to the noise you are experiencing.

Is there a PCIe slot further away from your GPU you could slot the card into? That may help mitigate the noise.
Props to homie repin creative, you holding your own against these spoiled mass drop know it alls. Someone get my son a raise
I've had the Zx for a couple years now. It's nothing short of an amazing card. I thought the controller was a bit silly at first, but now I use it every day with my headphones.
This vs Fulla 2
Depends on if you want to use a microphone or a 1/4" jack
I have the soundblaster x g5. While obviously not the same card/setup, I absolutely love my soundcard. Having a desktop mic/headphone jack with independent audio knob is also very nice for gaming.
I got the ZxR a few years ago in order to solve an sound interference problem with my old card. The sound blew my mind. However, the shield was ineffective and the parasitic noises continued. I only solved the issue by getting an external card (the X7). I imagine the experience must be translatable to the ZX.
I have never had that issue using the rear IO. I have an HT Omega Claro. I have thought about getting the Sound Blaster for my intel rig, but the Gigabyte onboard sound appears to be fine (again, always using the rear IO). Do you mind sharing what your setup was that had the parastic noise issue? I see this on forums all the time, and I really do not understand how it could be happening, save for using the front audio jack. It is a problem I want to understand better. Thanks.
I thought the same thing. Until I moved my dual-band wireless router away from my desktop. Wireless will have a very large impact on anything within about 5 feet of the transmitter. I own the ZX and actually bought the ZX because I thought my on-board sound was bad. The speaker wire were absorbing the wireless waves until they hit a point of oscillation. I installed the ZX and it still took place. It's been a week now since I moved my wireless access point away from my desktop and there hasn't been a single event again. Also, this soundcard is worth every penny. The software is somewhat clunky, but works well.