Are Sound Cards Still Relevant? Sound BlasterX AE-5

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  • TheMagnificentZoltar
    TheMagnificentZoltar Před 19 hodinami

    Still using my Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional PCI-e with GigaWorks S750 7.1 speakers.
    PC Audio and gaming does not get better than this.
    Too bad that EAX is unused with new games now. The best game that I ever played on this is Thief II: The Metal Age, and that one is ancient by now.

  • Flesh
    Flesh Před dnem

    Filling slots.

  • Jetpil0t
    Jetpil0t Před 2 dny

    I have this and rather unexpectedly during games with uncompressed audio (Rainbow Six Siege) the PCB gets very, very hot in operation, at least 60c as the back side is too hot to touch across the whole board. I would recommend not installing this next to a GPU, the card seems to not care about the operating temperature, but considering the board can draw up to 75W from the slot, its quite a lot of heat to dump into your case when gaming.

  • David Chapman
    David Chapman Před 3 dny

    and a good pair of headphones, you will then have an interface to plug a professional mic, and professional headphones in.

  • David Chapman
    David Chapman Před 3 dny

    skip this stuff and buy focusrite, it is fantastic

  • mike
    mike Před 3 dny

    Just buy the shit
    Edit: i mean "schiit" :3

  • john enalstos
    john enalstos Před 4 dny

    Personally, one thing was always clear no matter what soundblaster card I bought over the many years: The sound is Schiit! Period.

  • Jesse MacDonough
    Jesse MacDonough Před 5 dny

    I have had an exquisite Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card for almost 9 years now. The sound out of this puppy is great. I have it connected directly to my stereo with a digital coaxial cable. The sound from it (my media library is FLAC audio mostly) is superb and great. To me, if your audio or media source is from your PC, it's a good idea to have a discrete sound card.

  • Chandan Puri
    Chandan Puri Před 7 dny

    Those headphones are on backwards...

  • Moritz Neumann
    Moritz Neumann Před 7 dny

    My Razer Keyboard has better features then that. I really liked soundblaster back in the day but now? Shitty Software, bad sound for the price and no music reactive LED mode.

  • Ross Deckert
    Ross Deckert Před 12 dny

    I subscribe but have found you a sellout Linus. No apology.
    Done with my script next month

  • Jason McAllister
    Jason McAllister Před 12 dny

    Using a medium tier TV soundbar from Samsung, hooked up via TOSlink digital from my onboard SupremeFX sound chip. I don't have any question, just wanted to share.

  • K R E A M
    K R E A M Před 12 dny

    I opened up our reaaally old pc recently and my dumbass immediately thought it was a gpu but then noticed the "Audio Card" label on it and the ports as well, lmao yeah nice boring story it is from a new pc enthusiast.

  • Boabs Walsh
    Boabs Walsh Před 14 dny

    awsome sound card

  • Willy Nanney
    Willy Nanney Před 15 dny

    the problem is not the sound cards themselves, it is the software. it is complete trash. i loved my sound blaster z but there were way too many driver and software problems

  • miss misanthropist
    miss misanthropist Před 18 dny

    if it doesn't have a yamaha YMF262 i don't want it

  • bradd ford
    bradd ford Před 18 dny

    i am deaf not stone deaf but i annoy the wife on the pc and would like to find amplified sound card with earphone jack the headphone jack on my pc is crap leaves me angry so it is rellivant to me

  • AEnimaExists
    AEnimaExists Před 19 dny

    Would you please review the Creative Labs Sound BlasterX G6? I am nearly deaf and need a legit review on a good option for high volume. Recommendations would be helpful as well. Thanks!!!!

    • AEnimaExists
      AEnimaExists Před 19 dny

      Apologies...seems this video is not getting responses due to age....sorry

  • phsyonix op
    phsyonix op Před 20 dny

    Rgb = different

  • Federico Loro
    Federico Loro Před 22 dny +1

    5:16 What's the song on the background here? Please help me

  • Rye Hots
    Rye Hots Před 23 dny +3

    2019 version of this - are sound cards still worth?

  • ExecutorQ3
    ExecutorQ3 Před 24 dny

    I dont want or plan to use external cards (even though i could just grab one in my office, the eternal one from RME i've got laying on the shelf is pretty good) and everytime i used on-board shit i heard a lot of noise (the last one i tried was on my gigabyte z270 and it has ambient noise and then extra noise everytime you do anything at the computer, even moving the mouse). The internal card both solves this for me (still using my old SB X-Fi, it's a bit chose to make it work on win 10 - every big win10 fcked up update messes up with the working driver and i have to downgrade it again - but it works).

  • kokot sity
    kokot sity Před 25 dny

    Old school gamers and enthusiast will tell you that dac is external garbage worth console use. I would never settle for something so simple and useless as dac is. Maybe portable one since smartphones volumes are shiit on any headphones other than ultra high ohm earbuds. My 20 year old walkman sound twice louder than these shit phones nowadays, good theyre taking off the phone jack out, was useless to begin with anyway.
    I always keep up with soundcards and saying onboard sound, even surround ones are decent and you dont need dedicated sound card is a lie. So is the USB loaded headsets such as logitech or razer that promise you this fake surround sound causing vomit and costs more than a surround sound blaster card with a lower end 5.1 speaker system combined.
    But who would settle for a stereo dac? Once youre dashing the money out, dont be stupid and get a complex sound card that knows more than pull sound off of a usb. Analog is analog, kapish people?

  • Phantom forces Never bored

    RGB≠gaming they have that misconception rgb don't appeal to me build quality does

  • Mike K4ISR
    Mike K4ISR Před měsícem

    Use headphones? Onboard is very good since 2010 or so.
    Use 5.1 or 7.1 surround speaker system for your gaming (like I do)? Yes need a sound card since most boards only have 2.0 speakers out, mic in, and sometimes line in, with no option for 5.1 onboard except for some high end mobos.

  • Brian
    Brian Před měsícem

    Still have my old SoundBlaster card that was so awesome per Fata!ty or whatever. Found a box of old HDDs, processors, etc. Then again I'm part of that older generation.

  • Victor Hassan
    Victor Hassan Před měsícem

    whats other good soundcard? i wouldnt buy soundblaster, because they dont warranty for canadian,. wtf

  • Sean R
    Sean R Před měsícem

    I am using an M-Audio Delta1010LT Studio Card for my DJ rig, excellent sound quality and very low latency, but it is now discontinued, I snagged on extra 1010 off of Ebay for a backup. Is there anything on the market now with 10 inputs and 10 outputs that has some type of PCI? I want everything inside the case as much as possible to reduce the need for more cables.

  • Baha Zero
    Baha Zero Před měsícem

    should i buy an old overpriced xonar Dx or what do you guys recomend? *please no dacs, the EQ is a must have for me*
    my Xonar D1on my retro pc sound a lot better and more clean and powerfull bass, better Eq than the supreme fx s1220 on my stryx 470 MB... both connected to the same amp

  • chaleur
    chaleur Před měsícem +1

    tbh my soundblaster x-fi elite pro like ACTUALLY makes me perform better in csgo when in GAME mode. the footsteps are so much louder.

  • saintsrown
    saintsrown Před měsícem

    Who's the hottie rocking the blue hair?

  • Antilli
    Antilli Před měsícem

    That company really plays with the English language. Why would you call one of your products Fulla whole your company name is Schiit?

  • atheoAng3l0
    atheoAng3l0 Před měsícem

    A relative bought me an ext. Creative as a gift. It was like getting your first-ever gaming GPU after being stuck with Intel for a long time. Since I started using Creative, I couldn't go back to Realtek HD.

  • Forbidden Fruits
    Forbidden Fruits Před měsícem

    hold on those so called game pots also functioned as a midi device, but then that low latency solution has nothing to do with sounds

  • Hippy Treehugger
    Hippy Treehugger Před měsícem

    tempted on getting sound blaster x ae-5...for my new build. i doubt my lg wireless gaming head set would be a problem

    • SamfisherSam
      SamfisherSam Před měsícem

      Problem is, USB headsets don't work with soundcards, cos you're not actually connected to it.

  • Mr Freeman
    Mr Freeman Před měsícem

    Is the plug on the top of the card for the front case sound cable?

  • Trash Gaming
    Trash Gaming Před měsícem

    back in the day when max still here damn.

  • Jacques B
    Jacques B Před měsícem

    I had creative products since they came out and liked the environmental sounds in games, but these days pc on board sound cards do the same thing...….

  • igorruch
    igorruch Před měsícem

    Please review the G6 sound card.

  • Lil Miss Scherewode
    Lil Miss Scherewode Před měsícem +1

    Notice only one GPU is connected up with the cables

  • ZeJAlt
    ZeJAlt Před měsícem

    if you don't deal with music production, sound cards are nothing beyond snake oil

  • Christian Axelsson
    Christian Axelsson Před měsícem

    Interested in the optical out and if it can give digital surround like my PS4 can. My reciever does not support 4k@60hz so I need a decent workaround. Best option would be to not go via HDMI, rather put that one straight into the TV and the optical soundcable to the receiver. That would enable full 4k WITH DTS. The regular optical out on my PC gives stereo, as does the optical out on the TV. SO A soundcard with this feat is my best option. (Unless the Vega 56 comes with such an outlet) ((yeah right))

  • Cvetan Velinov
    Cvetan Velinov Před měsícem

    Those fake nails are horrible

  • veronicathecow
    veronicathecow Před měsícem

    RGB lighting, never going to buy anything that has to rely on gimmicks like that.

  • RJ
    RJ Před 2 měsíci

    One think that was not pointed out is that the internal sound card can be connected to a literal stereo setup whereas the headphone amp cannot. The main reason I use an internal sound card is to connect it to an external Klipsch promedia setup.

  • YourLordMaui
    YourLordMaui Před 2 měsíci

    Me about to click on vid: Soundcard? Who needs that!
    Linus: ..has built in RGB.
    Me: My wallets gonna be empty in a second

  • Sean Gillenwater
    Sean Gillenwater Před 2 měsíci

    Sound Blaster Z and X, since Z, has a front panel audio plug jack that can be use instead of having plugged into the mother board which I found neat. But, perhaps Linus was referring to the jacks on the front of the case and not the internal plug for the front panel jacks not being grounded. Either way, I thought it was neat though I prefer speaker unless I were in a place I had to use head phones.

  • Grammar UN
    Grammar UN Před 2 měsíci

    Linus, you can connect the FP Audio to an external audio card! You even show the connector in your video at 1:28 - see the connector labelled HDA FP?

  • rationalconscience
    rationalconscience Před 2 měsíci

    1:25 Nice finger nails, Linus.

  • lasarousi
    lasarousi Před 2 měsíci

    This didn't help my case of getting that integrated sound card is great, sorry with first party software like Asus sound control

  • Nutellah
    Nutellah Před 2 měsíci +3

    long audio jack needed? meh i got 3m cable *lol*

  • Smackerlacker
    Smackerlacker Před 2 měsíci

    I just realized that my speakers have a built-in DAC. I DO think I need more USB ports, though. I may fill up those slots, yet.

  • drewski west
    drewski west Před 2 měsíci

    So are you saying this purchase for a laptop:
    was basically a waste of money?

  • mario cebrian sanchez
    mario cebrian sanchez Před 2 měsíci

    No rgb? I'm done

  • James McNamara
    James McNamara Před 2 měsíci

    Did anyone else google schiit audio during the video to see if someone named their audio company schiit audio?

  • wutgoddamit
    wutgoddamit Před 2 měsíci

    Linus is getting closer to full-on Milo Stewart every day.

  • trex70
    trex70 Před 2 měsíci

    850 Watt into an nearly empty Case haha

  • Djordje XO
    Djordje XO Před 2 měsíci

    I’d rather buy shit than a sound card.

  • TrashPanda 365
    TrashPanda 365 Před 2 měsíci

    I'm still rocking a Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion Sound Card! I think it's pretty good!

  • Cobra PL
    Cobra PL Před 2 měsíci

    It is worse than integrated Realtek, seriously ! Stereo separation is non-existeny (almost).

  • Cryptomusic Bear
    Cryptomusic Bear Před 2 měsíci

    I understand why they put joystick ports on their old soundcards. Those were used way back in the day to control midi interfaces. You would by a joystick to midi adapter and you could control external gear. Makes sense for audio engineering.
    I understand why they put a firewire port on their old soundcards. Firewire was a port that was mostly used with high end audio engineering gear. Makes sense for audio engineering.
    I....dont understand the RGB.
    How about an easy, quick 5.1 surround or even say 7.1, 12.2 or whatever, solution for home audio engineers. As it stands now, its not quite as accessible to home engineers as stereo is. I could take 6 outs on my Focusrite Saffire 40 and make a 5.1 bus, but that isnt easy/quick. I know its doable. Its just not as accessible.
    Also, creative should look into ambisonics.

  • שקד בר אוריון
    שקד בר אוריון Před 2 měsíci

    creative lab got these setreo 80 dollar speakers with subwoofer that are amazing

  • Daniel Beavers
    Daniel Beavers Před 2 měsíci

    I FARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shmizzle99
    shmizzle99 Před 2 měsíci

    I was hoping this would cover how the sound card effects microphone input. I have a high quality mic that would get a crap load of buzzing/backround noise on my PC. I installed a cheap sound card and that helped a bit, but I was curious to see if a better sound card would make audio input to the highest quality.

    • Kai
      Kai Před 2 měsíci

      My thoughts exactly. Trying to remove the hiss on my mic and a new sound card seems like the only option now :/

  • Modest Mewtwo
    Modest Mewtwo Před 2 měsíci


  • google inc
    google inc Před 2 měsíci

    sounds cards aren't irrelevant if you want surround sound i guess, or you can just go dolby atmos which is just software

  • Daniel Mahoney
    Daniel Mahoney Před 2 měsíci

    Anybody having trouble getting the lights settings to stick on the Sound Blaster Connect 2 software? When I turn on the lights, they go on, but if I restart the computer and the Sound Blaster Connect 2 software launches again, the lights don't automatically go on. It's annoying.

  • Mr Huss
    Mr Huss Před 2 měsíci

    Really nice sound card with RGB, however I’m experiencing the much dreaded issue with the 5.1 through SPDIF, could anyone help please? Many thanks

  • Unfiltered Truth
    Unfiltered Truth Před 2 měsíci

    There is one massive advantage to sound cards from Creative Labs that you didn't mention, DTS and Dolby Digital Live. Lately with copyright issues it's hard to get some computers to output these sound formats(especially after Windows 10 Update 1803) which is blocking the ability to use these features on a computer. At least with Creative Labs they pay licensing fees for the right to use DTS and DDL so they include software for playing your games and movies with true DTS or DDL which is sooooooooooooo much more easier with a Creative Lab card than going online for hour trying to find a work around :(.

  • Sam Spevak
    Sam Spevak Před 2 měsíci

    3:44 it didn't increase spacial awareness *puts hands over open back audezes*

  • thcollegestudent
    thcollegestudent Před 2 měsíci

    I'm sure someone already mentioned...but by "joystick port" you mean "midi port," yea?

  • Shawn Burton
    Shawn Burton Před 2 měsíci

    do you actually get better gaming performance if you use a dedicated sound card than the motherboard's integrated sound like you would with graphics? I do remember having to buy a sound card when I built my first PC in early 2001 which was a 1.0 ghz Pentium III with Windows ME because back then, a lot of motherboards didn't have integrated audio.

  • Galavant
    Galavant Před 2 měsíci

    why does youtube keep recommending me 2 year old videos

  • Roger Bergqvist
    Roger Bergqvist Před 2 měsíci

    Turtle Beach sounded better but was more expensive back in 1996... ich..

  • fernando
    fernando Před 2 měsíci

    I would use this to boost power to wired headphones since mb might not have enough juice

  • The Gamer Geek
    The Gamer Geek Před 2 měsíci


  • KrotowX
    KrotowX Před 2 měsíci

    In fact nowadays all external sound cards are pretty much useless for gaming. AC97 and later Intel HDA unified audio interfaces and Windows Vista DRM extensions made all fancy audio hardware pretty much useless. And because players mostly use stereo headphones in gaming because of various reasons, real sound that they heard is plain stereo. The only sound card which ingame sound effects really touched me was Aureal Vortex 2 with A3D positioned sound. It was one and only sound card which created correct and real illusion of exact sound source position in 3D space including echoes and reverberations from walls and other surfaces around through ordinary stereo headphones. I nearly crapped myself in some System Shock 2 levels with enemies somewhere around :) And yes, Vortex card was the first mainstream PC sound card with optical output which ruled out wiring noise and connection issues between PC and DV receiver in room. I'm very sad that Aureal lost in legal battle with Creative. I had some Creative FX cards with their EAX support later but EAX wasn't able to create that 3D sound experience which A3D created. The worst thing was that A3D support in newer games disappeared shortly after Aureal lost and get assimilated by Creative. EAX even didn't improved from that - what a loss.
    Thanks about review anyway. It is funny to see that these things are still made. Though now their real value is only to have another funky lit block in translucent PC case.

  • Pola Maged
    Pola Maged Před 2 měsíci

    When you are sponsored by a watch and you are not even wearing jt

  • John Sanabria
    John Sanabria Před 2 měsíci

    What's with the finger nails lol

  • Wheelie Blind
    Wheelie Blind Před 2 měsíci

    I used to like the soundblaster cards and wondered if it would make any difference if I added a card just like I put in a decent graphics card with a GPU. Are there any decent sound cards anymore?

  • Mostlyharmless1985
    Mostlyharmless1985 Před 2 měsíci

    No. Video over.

  • honchoryanc
    honchoryanc Před 2 měsíci

    Why don't sound cards have HDMI ports

  • Moonwaterz
    Moonwaterz Před 2 měsíci

    EVGA Nu Audio review please

  • Eva Forsberg
    Eva Forsberg Před 3 měsíci

    is it worth havibg this if you have dts x2.0
    pls answer I need to know

    • Niko Yochum
      Niko Yochum Před 2 měsíci

      Eva Forsberg it’s never worth having a PCIe sound card

  • James Herron
    James Herron Před 3 měsíci

    linus: We noticed that *S**T* Audio's products...

  • toasteh
    toasteh Před 3 měsíci


  • Giggles The Goat
    Giggles The Goat Před 3 měsíci

    Personally only ever used sound cards to allow more speakers. But even then it's not like I don't modify how they put out sound for a few hours either just to hear dialog in both movies and games.

  • Danger Davis
    Danger Davis Před 3 měsíci

    Sound cards are still a thing?

  • RTeXon YouTube
    RTeXon YouTube Před 3 měsíci

    Who is watching this in 2019?

  • Roy Repie
    Roy Repie Před 3 měsíci

    Nice review linus...just about gonna buy a soundcard but not too expensive ^^.

    • Niko Yochum
      Niko Yochum Před 2 měsíci

      Roy Repie buy an external DAC, don’t get a soundcard

  • Aditya Singh
    Aditya Singh Před 3 měsíci

    That's smooth Schitt

  • Daniel Walters
    Daniel Walters Před 3 měsíci

    Where Linus's shilling was the Schitt!

  • Jubei
    Jubei Před 3 měsíci

    You don't need that shitty having a decent motherboard , I've used AE-5 and compared with the inbuilt soundchip from a gigabyte z170 gaming 5 there are slighty differences

  • blingn007
    blingn007 Před 3 měsíci

    The dude at 5:30 has the headphones on backwards. the ends of the cables at the bottom of the headphone should not be facing towards hit back.

  • Shiye
    Shiye Před 3 měsíci

    *...GOES TO S C H I I T*

  • XAK AttacK
    XAK AttacK Před 3 měsíci

    Im new to pc building, I'm currently buying parts for my first rig, and i thought that a sound card was a sort of amp for your motherboard, making sound and music more crisp, and I dabble in music with fl studios, would a sound card benifit me or no?

    • XAK AttacK
      XAK AttacK Před 2 měsíci

      +Niko Yochum thank you.

    • Niko Yochum
      Niko Yochum Před 2 měsíci +1

      XAK AttacK no. You would be much better off getting an external DAC/Amp

  • Azzou BK
    Azzou BK Před 3 měsíci

    my Potato PC has RGB but its not competing with anything TuT

  • RogueBrit
    RogueBrit Před 3 měsíci

    Ive still not found a reason to get rid of my Asus Xonar D2x card

  • Scorpion
    Scorpion Před 3 měsíci

    Just a vid to advertise products. No stats on performing, no use on a surround system, nothing. Can't imagine to buy a product on this worthless review.

  • Justin justintheman
    Justin justintheman Před 3 měsíci

    Who still uses sound cards now a days