Creative Labs
Creative Sound Blaster Z High Performance Gaming Sound Card - Retail (70SB150000001)

Creative Labs
Creative Sound Blaster Z High Performance Gaming Sound Card - Retail (70SB150000001)

  • The Sound Blaster Z is the only solution you’ll ever need to meet your PC gaming demands
  • and comes complete with the Sound Blaster beamforming microphone for crystal clear voice communication.

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Stock Code: SC-087-CL

EAN: 5390660180972

MPN: 70SB150000001

Manufacturer: Creative Labs

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Creative Sound Blaster Z High Performance Gaming Sound Card - Retail (70SB150000001)

If you’re not communicating you’re not winning!

Part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster® PCI-Express sound cards, the Sound Blaster Z is an ideal all-around gaming and entertainment solution that incorporates all the hardware and software features of the Sound Blaster Zx card and comes with an external high-quality beam-forming dual-microphone array.

When used with CrystalVoice™ the bundled Sound Blaster beam forming microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard by your teammates with amazing clarity even in noisy environments.

Experience every detail
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB delivers > 99.99% pure audio, which is 34.4 times better than typical motherboard audio.

Power up
The quad-core Sound Core3D™ audio processor offloads gaming effect processing from your primary CPU, improving your overall PC performance.

Live it, don’t just hear it
The SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies immerse you in awe-inspiring audio so you can experience games, music and movies in a 360-degree true-to-life sound stage over speakers or regular headphones.

If you’re not communicating you’re not winning
When used with CrystalVoice™ the bundled Sound Blaster beam forming microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard by your teammates with amazing clarity even in noisy environments.

Find them before they find you
‘Scout Mode’ allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat.

Gear up for victory
There’s no longer any need to unplug your speakers to connect a gaming headset. The Sound Blaster Z series soundcards all features separate I/O so you can easily switch between hardware without having to unplug any gear.

Go Pro
Supports studio quality headphones and headsets of up to 600 ohm impedance.

Hook up for high fidelity audio
Single cable output to your home theatre system. Enjoy cinematic audio by transforming any source into immersive surround sound.


- 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,
- 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, Headphones;
- Headphone: 1 x Amplified 1/8" mini jack;
- Speaker Out: 3 x 1/8" mini jacks;
- Optical Out: TOSLINK;
- Optical In: TOSLINK;
- Line In / Microphone In: Shared 1/8" mini jack;
- Warranty: 2 Years Manufacturers Warranty;

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wow great sound card

this is a buy again product paired with my AKG K550's woow what a sound they produce !!!

joe 2016-06-25

Excellant, Clear Sound!

I have had this card for about a week now, The drivers installed flawlessly, It comes with a bonus microphone, Which I have placed ontop of my monitor.

The sound quality of this sound card is amazing, Its extreamly responsive and crisp, I have been playing some old games, And have been stupified at all the little noises that add another level of immersion to the games.

Listening to music is also a pleasure, the SBX software makes any headset sound like it has surround sound, No tinny sounds, Clear and punchy base.

Its easy to set-up profiles, Either for games or music, And it remembers each and every setting, Making it a breeze to flick between different music and game settings, The Cherry on the top for me is the fact I don't need to remove my headphone jack, as you can flick a button in the creative control panel to flick between speakers and headphones flawlessly.

I originally bought a Asus Xonar Phoebus Solo, But had issues with popping/cracking in games with that card, And Despite the price differance between this card and the above, With this sound card providing no popping/cracking, and for my ears at least, No sound quality deficiencys at all.

I use the following speaker/headphone setup : Logitech Z5500 5.1 500W thx speakers, and Audio-Technica ATH-M30x headphones.

Mr Christopher Foulds 2016-02-24

Maybe not for Ubuntu

Just a small heads up if you run Ubuntu 14.04 64bit.
Look up on forums first, but I couldn't get this card working.
Creative Labs don't seem very Linux friendly these days.


Super Sound!!

Put this in and YES sound comes out! Very crisp sound on games and movies. WOW!! BIG difference from on board sound.
Well Worth it.



I got this gifted at Christmas and it's worked excellent ever since, it's a brilliant piece of hardware.

Microphone is spot on and can't complain. The audio compared to my Sabertooth Z87'z on board audio, it is out of this world. The difference is noticeable and I cannot go back to anything less. It's brilliant in and out of games, the software is also excellent.

I would recommend, even lights up red (you can't see this on the image)


Sound has come alive

I got this sound card to replace my dying xonar dx and let me tell you the difference is night and day. Fantastic value for money with great perfomance and an easy to use and feature packed user interface.


Best sound card for gaming

I went from an X-fi Extreme Gamer to one of these and instantly noticed the overall quality of sound is much better. Using a pair of Roccat Kave 5.1 headset for gaming and the positional sound is awesome, people always say "I can hear where shots are coming from, I can hear enemies footsteps' but you can't really. Well with these you sure as hell can! Been playing BF4 and everything from footsteps to tanks rolling in the background can be heard :)


Great Sound card (but depends on your se

I bought this card as I had heard great things about it. The price was good and it is a big improvement compared with on-board sound. The one thing to be careful with when buying a sound card is interference/noise that can be generated by various factors in your case.

I had a strange noise coming through my headset that was quite annoying and was present even when I had no sounds playing on my computer. This sound gets worse when games/apps are running. Cant seem to fix it and there are no noises when I plug-in to my on-board.

The sound I get from the card with interference aside is nothing short of amazing. Its clear, warm, crisp, detailed and distortion free at high volumes. I have heard things in some of my favorite tracks that I have not noticed before.

So yea, its a great addition to improve your sound, that's if your set-up is noise free.



Such HUGE improvement over the onboard sound! easy to install the software is nice + fast shipping from UCUK :)

Hisham 2013-02-12

Very Nice

I got a pair of Roccat Kaves a while back and there was this horrible Noise due to the onboard.

Finally got my self a sound card, its finally gone. Oh god, finally.

The SB Z is a really nice card, great build quality, good design, sturdy software as well. The beam-forming microphone works well, but i still prefer the mic on my roccat's. Not that theres anything wrong with it.

The sound in my games and music have gotten so much better, you really can tell the difference.

Installation is as simple as anything, though i would prefer coloured jacks instead, but oh well.

If your looking for a great sound card to replace your on-board, this is it.

Chris 2013-01-04

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  • Bit-Tech - Premium Grade

    "...if you're looking for a top-notch gaming sound card, the Z's high quality sound and massive range of audio processing features make it a natural choice and a brilliant all-rounder. It’s our new recommended sub-£80 sound card."

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