Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pro Gaming Review, Audiophile Gaming At Its Best!: Page 3 of 9

Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 8:00am

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Sound BlasterX AE-5

We found the location graphic extremely helpful in planning our install and pointing out features like the 122DB Sabre-Class DAC running at 32-bit/384KHz with hi-res lossless playback. We were a bit surprised that the card needs a (optional) Molex to provide extra power for the RGB but once we saw the dancing RGB we quickly forgot all about the Molex. Earlier we mentioned RGB connector placement, the graphic shows you the placement and our PSU cover made it hard to tuck that away using just one LED strip just a minor inconvenience.

Sound BlasterX AE-5

We covered this in our Specs table but look at the requirements, a core i3 or Equiv AMD processor, Windows 7 or above, 1 GB Ram, over 600MB HD space and of course at least a PCIe 1x slot.

Sound BlasterX AE-5

Sound Connect 2 is really a deceptively complex suite of software controlling everything from lighting to a graphic equalizer and a ton of preset

Sound BlasterX AE-5

Sound BlasterX AE-5

Just on this one page (we have more for later) you handle lighting, profiles (including custom), audio profiles, equalizer settings and audio settings. You also control Scout Mode, Voice clarity settings, and voice morf. Yes voice morf, you know you want to do “Luke I am your father”.

Sound BlasterX AE-5

We didn’t get to play with equalizer much but we are more used to an Equalizer with sliders but it shouldn’t be a big learning curve.

Sound BlasterX AE-5

The sound enhancement page is just that you can tweak to your ears content.

Sound BlasterX AE-5

Scout Radar requires an additional download to your mobile device but once you get used to seeing where the Sound BlasterX AE-5 hears your enemies at you are spoiled. Sound Blaster sets them up and you knock them down.

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