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Sound Blaster Z

PCIe Gaming Sound Card

Sound Blaster Z, part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster sound cards, is an ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs. It comes complete with the Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone for crystal clear voice communication.




An ideal all-round audio & gaming solution

116dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio

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

SBX Pro Studio™ technologies

SBX Pro Studio™ sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.

Learn more about SBX Pro Studio™ technologies.

Crystal clear communication

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

Understand how CrystalVoice™ technologies work.

Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone

When used with CrystalVoice Focus, the bundled beamforming microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard with amazing clarity.

Sound Core3D audio processor

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

Pristine audio recordings with ultra low latency

Enjoy reduced latency with Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) support with the Sound Blaster Z. Hear your audio recordings come to life!

24-bit / 192kHz audio output

Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music pure and unprocessed at the amazing bit rate of 24-bit 192 kHz.

Advanced entertainment audio

Experience like never before the power of Sound Blaster audio today! With Sound Blaster Zx'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 multi-channel surround

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.


  • Custom PC Review

    In games, the Sound Blaster Z was able to provide clear and crisp sounding audio to a variety of different games tested. Audio imaging was very good, which helped when trying to find the location of different enemies.

    Sound Blaster Z


  • Vortez

    Music was much more enjoyable when using a high fidelity sound card, each sound, is reproduced accurately and concisely allowing for audible differentiation of instrumental timbre.

    Sound Blaster Z


  • AVForums

    In terms of music, hooking up the Soundblaster Z to my Onkyo amp and B&W speakers produced a deep and clear soundstage that was definitely step up on the audio that I usually pump through an Nvidia HDMI connection to the same device.

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Customer Reviews

  • K. Perkins

    Impressed!...sound reproduction is way better than on-board

  • J. Kevin

    The sound card itself is worth buying. It requires some time to set up correctly, but then it just works flawlessly. I've had some problems with Flash Player's sounds, but those have been mystically fixed (probably by re-setting the sampling frequency to 96kHz and bit depth to 24-bit). There's a very little fault, though: When Windows 7 starts up, the startup sound just breaks. I'm using an SSD drive, so it may be too fast for the driver to load. The software's 'Advanced Features' tab should contain boxes for sampling frequency and bit depth, and what I really miss is the software's resizability. The 'Equalizer' tab's DropDown list should be editable by hand, and it should allow at least 64 characters, because I often create profiles optimized for specific applications _and_ sound devices: for example, I'm not able to write 'Pioneer Steez Dubstep (Flash Player)'. The support and the delivery speed (free - 4 days) was just great, it deserves more than just 5 stars!

  • B. Willcourt

    Like all the other Sound blaster cards that I have bought over the years, it works. My 5.1 surround speakers sound absolutely fantastic.

A Closer Look

    • Audio Technology Sound Core3D
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) 116dB
    • Connectivity Options (Main) Headphone: 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
      Speaker Out: 3 x 3.5mm jacks (Front,Rear,C/Sub)
      Line / Mic In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
      Optical Out: 1 x TOSLINK
      Optical In: 1 x TOSLINK
    • Max Channel Output 5.1 Channels
    • Audio Technologies SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology, DTS Connect Encoding
    • Microphone Microphone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser
      Beamforming: Yes
      Frequency Response: 100Hz to 20kHz
      Sensitivity: -37dB
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    • System Requirements
    • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor, 2.2GHz or faster recommended.
      Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
      Microsoft® Windows® 10 (32/64-bit); Windows 8 (32/64-bit); Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
      1GB RAM
      >600 MB of free hard disk space
      Available PCI Express® (x1, x4 or x16) slot
      Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

    • Download Drivers
    • Owner's Manual
      • Sound Blaster Z sound card
      • Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
      • Quick Start leaflet
      • Installation CD containing:
        • Drivers for Windows®
        • Creative software suite
        • User's Guide
    • 1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

Creative Store FAQ

Allow us to clarify any questions you have regarding this product. For questions related to technical assistance, please contact us through this dedicated form for a quicker response.
  • Featured Questions
  • What is SBX Pro Studio?
    SBX Pro Studio suite of audio playback technologies delivers a new level of audio immersion. Realistic surround sound, the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in a gaming environment are just a few elements of SBX Pro Studio that enhance the overall experience, be it movies, games or music.
  • What is the Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone?
    The Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone is a stereo-array microphone with an omni-directional microphone located on each side. Together, these two mics capture a wider audio range in stereo mode. The 1.8m-long cable allows flexible placement options for any computer setup.
  • What is CrystalVoice technology?
    CrystalVoice™ features innovative technologies that are specially designed to deliver the best vocal fidelity, so that you express yourself to others and be heard crystal clear in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats.


Sound Blaster Z

Sound Blaster Z

PCIe Gaming Sound Card


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