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Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 – Is The Sound Card Really Dead?

For the test platform, we went with the Intel 9900K on the Asus Maximus XI Extreme among other boards. The operating system is Windows 10 Pro X64. We test with a solid mix of everything from Gamer grade headsets to audiophile level headsets to see how the transition to a separate audio device feeding the drivers vs the onboard audio will impact each type of user.

Test Rig
Case TypeDimastech Easy XL
CPUIntel Core i7 8700K (Amazon)
MotherboardASUS Maximus XI Extreme (Amazon)
RAM32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LED 3200MHz C15 (Amazon)
CPU CoolerThermaltake Floe Riing 360 (Amazon)
Hard DrivesSamsung 960 EVO 512GB M.2 2280 NVMe (Amazon)

Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA (Amazon)

OpticalLG BD-RW BH16NS40
GPUNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition
MonitorASUS PG27AQ 4K 60Hz GSYNC (Amazon)
Case Fans1 x 140mm Mosfet / CPU / RAM cooling fan
1 x 140mm PCI-E Cooling Fan
Docking StationsNone
Testing PSUThermaltake XT 1475W Gold (Amazon)
LegacyNone
MouseLogitech G502 (Amazon)
KeyboardLogitech Pro eSPORTS Keyboard (Amazon)

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