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Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus: When good sound looks good

Creative is the worldwide specialist for sound cards and has been for decades. And with the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Creative wants to show that great sound and exciting looks are not automatically mutually exclusive. Because with this card not only the hearts of every audiophile beat faster. The integrated RGB lighting, which can of course also be switched off, fits perfectly into any gaming system.


The SABRE32 Ultra DAC is the heart of Creative’s Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus. It delivers sound with up to 32 times more clarity than a standard motherboard onboard audio chip, with a signal-to-noise ratio of 122 dB and a maximum lossless playback rate of up to 32-bit / 384 kHz. The Sound Core3D responsible for the recording can process audio data at a data rate of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. And for movie lovers, there is finally support for DTS and Dolby Digital Live again.

For the use of headphones, Creative has built in a headphone amplifier called Xamp. Not just one, but two, one for each of the two stereo channels. Headphones with a resistance of up to 600 Ohms can be used with the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus. Additionally, all relevant components are electrically shielded. A stylish backplate provides additional protection and offers a much nicer look than a bare PCB.

Technical details

Product name Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus
DSP processor Sound Core3D
Channels 5.1 Surround Sound (speakers, separate connections)
7.1 Surround Sound (headphones, virtual)
Dynamic range 122 dB
Interface PCIe
Scanning rates playback 32-bit / 384 kHz
Recording 24-bit / 96 kHz
Support headphone impedance 16 – 600Ω
SNR 116 dB
Connections 1x Intel HD Audio Front Panel
1x TOSLINK Optical Out
1x 3.5 mm Mic/Line In
1x 3.5 mm Headphone Out
3x 3.5 mm line out (center/sub, front, rear)
1x RGB LED header
1x 4-Pin-Molex
Special features RGB illumination (Aurora)
Price € 138.00*
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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