Today I am taking a look at Creativeís Audigy 2 ZS internal sound card. I have already looked at the External Audigy 2 NX HERE , so will this be up to its standard as well or will it be a system resource stealer like the internal Audigy.
Letís get this box open and find out.
Opening the box you will find 2 packages, the first being the sound card itself the second the installation kit. The installation kit was thick so I thought I would open that first and see what is inside.
Inside the installation kit is the instructions, a install disk, 2 demonstration CDís and now for the nice part 2 free games. The games that come free are Rainbow 6 Raven Shield and Tomb Raider the angel of darkness, although not the latest games out this still represents a good free bundle. Ok enough of the disks lets move onto the card itself.
Taking the card out of the box and removing the antic static wrapper will show you the card in its full glory. You will quickly notice it has also gained a few mm in length, you will also notice the gold plated connectors. The card itself looks well manufactured and faultless. And had all the connections you would expect from a card of this caliber. Sitting at the heart of the card is the new Audigy 2 processor.
Also included was a optional extra midi port, this is included in the package but I will call it a optional extra as if you havenít got a midi device there is no need to install it. There is also a spdif cable a set of backplate stickers to identify the jacks on the rear of the card and a case badge. What are its capabilities?