Sound Blaster says your motherboard audio sucks!

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Hands-on preview of Creative Labs’ new 32-bit Sound Blaster X AE-5 sound card.

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21 thoughts on “Sound Blaster says your motherboard audio sucks!

  • August 16, 2017 at 1:20 am
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    I'm using fiber optic so a dac means nothing to me. There's some advantages on the fiber optic spdif side, compared to motherboards sound cards?

  • August 16, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    I think sound blaster is missing the point. The people that care about sound want more professional ways to treat sound that's why mostly are using external cards. People that play with sound like musicians that want to connect instruments , DJ etc and everyone wants easy to reach connections surely not in the back of the case.

  • August 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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    so wiring it up to the front panel will cause back ground noise?

  • August 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm
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    After the X-Fi, SoundBlaster went downhill. 7.1, Hardware EAX 5, Midi, Soundfonts. Where is it?
    I can't blame Creative tho. The entire gaming industry switched to software sound processing but I surely miss the days of Thief I and II with EAX.

  • August 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    What's the difference between optical on the sound card vs optical via the motherboard? Digital is digital right? Like hdmi?

  • September 7, 2017 at 7:13 am
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    only if this video came out 10 years earlier….

    1. molex lol??
    2. creative drive and support is the worst among all electronic world. (i have SBZ)
    3. tons of IDP conflect…..

    as defence, when it works, it is fantastic……but not that often it works…and it is common thing..jsut search

  • October 4, 2017 at 2:59 am
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    My computer does just fine with the audio built into the logic board. No way and I shelling out money for something that doesn't make much difference.

  • October 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    So…the"…big feature which will drive all gamers…" to spend a bunch of money on a sound card is…lights? 0:55

  • October 8, 2017 at 11:08 am
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    Well, this is a great way for older AMD / i3 & i5 PC owners to add a bit of high quality sound and light without buying a new motherboard. The intro price is on par with a new motherboard, $99 would be more of a budget price, unless they are including that light strip in with the sound card. For PCs with no window, lights can't be seen anyway, unless you external mount them on the back of your PC and just enjoy the colors bouncing off your desk or wall…

  • October 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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    "Sound Blaster says your motherboard audio sucks!"
    And they'd be right about that
    but…
    ASUS MAKE BETTER SOUNDCARDS THAN YOU NOW!!!!

  • November 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm
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    I hate when people put out videos like this coming from a position of supposed authority on PC hardware and then know absolutely nothing for sure about the product. This is why real enthusiasts go to sites like HardOCP and TechTubers for in depth reviews. You didn't even get the specs right and clearly don't know why bit depth and frequency range even matter in audio hardware do you? BTW EMI can be worked around in a number of ways inside an electronic device and generally speaking shielding around the unit is sufficient I wish electronics engineers would just sit people down in a video and explain how half of the marketing for this is just marketing. Granted an audio card and or external DAC/AMP will always be better because more was spent on the components and signal isolation methods but the question is do 99% of users want to pay $150 for the 10-15% difference in quality. You must also consider that Much of the "quality" you gain is inaudible at line level. Most gaming enthusiasts don't want to pay for 10%, and creatives drivers have been bug ridden nightmares since windows XP died. My X-Fi Elite pro that cost $399 became a glorified paperweight because their driver team couldn't make it work on the nForce chipset. I'd rather buy an external DAC/AMP or pro audio device like a mixer or USB audio interface that will work on Mac and Windows for years because pro audio customers don't accept bad drivers as an excuse. Creative lost my business after that product became useless in Windows Vista and 7. It only ever worked properly with windows xp. If they want to be relevant again they should make pro audio gear with the OPTION for gaming modes and make stable drivers. Then maybe the 99% or at least the Audiofiles might care.

  • February 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    pre 2013 this was true, however pretty much any decent motherboard these days makes sound cards almost useless; better off with an external dac if you are that serious. No wonder sound blaster are salty.

  • April 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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    ha this must be a f$^@en joke! i bought a creative sound card from ebay…. stopped working after 2 weeks… i told the seller… he told me i probably did something to it and i would not be getting a refund or exchange for a different one.. most MB's have build in hd audio sound chips

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