Product Comparison: ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus vs Creative Sound Blaster Z

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General Specifications
ROG Xonar Phoebus
Sоund Blaster Z
About the Product
Beyond excellent sound quality, ROG Xonar Phoebus gives you clean and seamless communications for a totally immersive experience. World-exclusive ROG Command technology was specifically developed by the Xonar team to bring effective noise cancelation to a gaming soundcard set.
Part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster sound cards, the Sound Blaster Z 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.
Key Specs
Audio Interface
C-Media CMI8888DHT
Sound Core3D
Built-in DAC
Texas Instruments PCM1796
Cirrus Logic
Signal/Noise Ratio
118 dB
116 dB
Sample Resolution/Rate
24-bit / 192kHz
24-bit / 192kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Internal Sound Card
  • The sound on this card is fantastic. When it works right.
  • This is an excellent sound card. The adaptor works great.
  • The sound quality is the same as the Essence STX, so the sound is pretty glorious.
  • The sound is more directional in games and music is now more pronounced.
  • Sound quality was better than the Sound Blaster Z.
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Gaming Sound Card
  • Decent card for gaming, music and movies, sound quality is superb.
  • This really helped fine tune the sound, especially the bass.
  • This sound card delivers the quality that you'd expect for the price.
  • The instrumental separation, detail, and low-end bass you'll get with this card / headset pairing is incredible.
  • This is a very capable card that improves sound dramatically for both gaming and movies.
Size & Weight
0.79 in.
0.91 in.
5.71 in.
5.35 in.
5.04 in.
4.98 in.
8.1 oz.
6.4 oz.
Number of Channels
OS Compatibility
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
6x audio jacks, Box Link, Optical S/PDIF Out
5x audio jacks, Optical S/PDIF Out, Optical S/PDIF In
Dolby Home Theater v4, Smart Volume Normalizer, Xear Surround, Magic Voice, FlexBass, GX 3.0 Game Audio Engine
Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone, ASIO 2.0, SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, DTS Connect Encoding, Dolby Digital Technology
What customers say about "Features"
ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus Internal Sound Card
  • Great sound card. A noticeable improvement in sound quality over my previous Creative SB X-Fi.
  • Sound quality is excellent. Great connectivity.
  • The sound quality of the Xonar Phoebus ROG is far superior in gaming with 5.1 channel sound to the on board chip sound. Good investment in my case.
  • The card has a lot of custom settings and it has great sound.
  • The card looks good, easy to setup, and does fine in W7 64bit.
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Gaming Sound Card
  • All of my games play true positional 5.1 sound.
  • Installation was a snap and driver installation with the latest set downloaded was straightforward as well.
  • No issues at all with the Sound Blaster running Windows 10 using latest drivers.
  • The sound is very nice. The digital input is good, clean and low latency.
  • The Windows 10 drivers are so terrible that audio jacks will just stop working and require you to reinstall them. Awful!
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
119.99 $

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