Product Comparison: Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 vs Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5

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General Specifications
Sound Blaster AE-7
Sound BlasterX AE-5
About the Product
The addition of AE-7 to your PC rig basically means one thing – you’re adding in a dedicated quad-core processor designed with one goal in mind – to deliver incredibly pristine and enhanced sound on your PC without overstressing your CPU. Sound Blaster handles audio processing on the card itself, freeing up your CPU to handle other tasks.
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is a SABRE32 Ultra Class Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card and DAC with Xamp, a brand new discrete headphone amp utilizing bi-amplification technology. It delivers astonishingly pristine audio, and also shows off the Aurora Reactive Lighting System with 16.8 million customizable colors.
Key Specs
Audio Interface
Sound Core3D
Sound Core3D
Built-in DAC
ESS SABRE-class 9018
Signal/Noise Ratio
127 dB
122 dB
Sample Resolution/Rate
32-bit / 384kHz
32-bit / 384kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 Hi-Res Internal PCIe Sound Card
  • Audio is super crisp. Windows 10 did not have a issue with the drivers.
  • The sound quality is as expected, and it is adequate for my purposes, which is studio post-production.
  • It has fantastic sound quality.
  • Installed with no hassle and no errors. The sound quality is rich and airy with some deep bass tones.
  • The sound is incredibly good with this sound card.
Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card
  • The audio quality is great and the software tools to tweak the audio make it sound fantastic.
  • 5.1 surround for games sounds significantly better than on-board.
  • The card sounds great. Amazing sound.
  • The install was easy and the sound quality is superb.
  • Sound quality is superb. Nice slim PCI profile.
Size & Weight
0.79 in.
0.79 in.
5.71 in.
5.71 in.
5.04 in.
5.04 in.
7.58 oz.
8.1 oz.
Number of Channels
OS Compatibility
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
5x audio jacks, Optical S/PDIF Out
5x audio jacks, Optical S/PDIF Out
CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, DTS Connect Encoding, Dolby Digital Live Encoding, Audio Control Unit (ACM)
CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, RGB Aurora Lighting
What customers say about "Features"
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 Hi-Res Internal PCIe Sound Card
  • Their software is actually really good.
  • The AE-7 installed without a hitch.
  • New software is improved and simplified, less bloated. Performance - outstanding!
  • Options for digital and analog output.
  • The command module is a nice addition allowing me to control volume when listening via headphones, again the sound is amazing.
Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card
  • The 7.1 headphones setting for gaming function wonderfully.
  • The card sounds amazing when it is working though in 5.1.
  • The RGB lighting and included LED strip is a nice touch.
  • The software is easy to use. Great connectivity.
  • Sound quality below average, and RGB lighting not working.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
229.99 $

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