CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus Code
RAM: 32GB Kingston HyperX 3200Mhz
SSDs: Kingston KC1000 480GB
Chassis: Corsair Spec-04 Carbide Series
EVGA 74.83 CFM Fans Extra Testing
OS: Windows 10 Professional X64
Testing sound cards is a bit subjective but we went the full route and listened to everything on our Asus Maximus IX code built in audio then swapped over to the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pro Gaming. We ran a good cross section of games like Diablo 3, Halo, Skyrim, Starcraft, Battlefield 4 and a couple others.
The music we set a 2TB collection of music to songs we are intimately used to hearing and know every note and nuance including songs with known background noises and voices.
We also loaded a collection of sound effects and walked through explosions, animal sounds, yodeling, wind rustling through trees and over 400 other sounds recorded from the true source of the sound. These weren’t electronically hopped up sound but actual recordings of sounds used for insertion into sound rendering recordings.
The video we used YouTube, Amazon Prime, local channels, NetFlix, DVD’s and BluRay. We limited video to shows and movies we have seen multiple times like the Die Hard Series, Lethal Weapon and the Expendables. We even broke down and listened to a classic musical (The Sound of Music see the torture we go through!).
In short, we played and listened to so many different sources we almost missed Walking Dead which was an entirely new treat with the Sound BlasterX AE-5 driving the sound!