Creative Labs Audigy2 ZS Review

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Benchmarks, Games, DVD & Listening

The review system suffered a massive meltdown due to a PSU failure, causing both a delay in this review and a significant change in the system configuration.


System Config:

  • CPU: Athlon XP 1700+@1466MHz
  • Memory: 1Gb Crucial PC2100
  • Mobo: Asus A7N8X-D 1007 Uber
  • Video: eVGA GeForce FX5900SE (400/700MHz core/mem)
  • Video Driver: Nvidia ref. 53.03
  • Disk: 2x120Gb Seagate Barricuda 7200.7 SATA RAID 0
  • OS: WinXP SP1, DX9b (4.09.0000.902)
  • Audio: Terratec DMX 6-fire (5.40.0003.0130)
  • Audio: AudioTrak Prodigy 7.1 (1.992-s3511d)
  • Audio: Creative Audigy2 ZS (5.12.0001.0441)


The AudioTrak Prodigy 7.1 replaces the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 for its newer Sensaura3D algorithms and better performance in games.


Software used:

  • Halo
  • Tron 2.0
  • UT2004 demo
  • Call of Duty
  • RMAA 5.3
  • RightMark 3Dsound 1.01

Each benchmark, with the exception of the RightMark 3Dsound tests, were run 3 times and averaged.  RightMark 3Dsound does it's own averaging, so re-running isn't particularly helpful.  In addition, FRAPS was used on games that did not have a decent benchmark utility, which was everything except Halo.  The resolutions were limited to 800x600x32bpp in order to rule out the video card as a limit.

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