Aug 2, 2020

Beta test drivers for Sound Blaster Z, Zx, ZxR and Recon3D PCIe

This software/driver pack is unofficial, not supported by Creative Labs.
Use it at your own risk.

Supports Sound Blaster Z, Sound Blaster Zx, Sound Blaster ZxR and Recon3D PCIe cards

Operating Systems supported (32-bit and 64-bit editions):

- Windows 10
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 8
- Windows 7

Driver related information: 

I'm always analyzing the code of new Creative drivers and have noticed that support was added for Sound Blaster Z / Zx / ZxR / Recon3D and Audigy FX to the codebase of AE series driver.

Tried it myself and the driver does work, only missing feature is Stereo Direct.

Other than that, it seems stable so far and works on Windows 7 and Windows 10 (2004).

You'll get a warning during driver installation, just continue. No need to disable driver signature enforcement.

May be worth a try for those with issues on AM4 platforms, provided that the fix included is software related (improved code).

EDIT: As of August 2, according to several reports, the driver seems to fix the channel swap and distortion issues on AM4 chipsets.

Be sure to run the small registry fix utility once after driver install.

If the fix it's hardware related this driver won't help.
That would mean to program registers in the IDT (now Renesas) TSI381 PCIe to PCI Bridge.
Yes, the AE series are NOT native PCIe at all and not a single review tells you that: may describe the circuitry in detail, yet "fail" to mention such a large chip.

For Z series, Creative seems to have licensed IP for use in some companion chip working as a bridge.

Registry fix utility for all cards and OSes:

This is required because the AE driver expects different key names.

SB Z, Zx and ZxR cards seem to run just fine without them, but they may be needed.

Just run the small utility to fix some registry entries after installing the drivers below.
Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Filename: SBZRegFix.z
SHA-1 hash: 0C4518F8C86677FFAF2B5DCB98FEA0133E8E70BC

Mirrors: MediaFire

Downloads for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:

Sound Blaster Z and Sound Blaster Zx:

Filename: SBZ_CD_L13_1_01_12X.7z
SHA-1 hash: 855D8ACD6530E3D9C8B79A4550A45AA3DC5F9B01

Mirrors: MediaFire

Sound Blaster ZxR:

Filename: SBZxR_CD_L13_1_01_07X.7z
SHA-1 hash: BC89ACAD84D5CA22FB1999D9D971620A00AE9D47

Mirrors: MediaFire

Sound Blaster Recon3D:

Filename: SBRP_CD_LD_1_01_27X.7z
SHA-1 hash: 2E4EBC9DA92871B9CFDC9E4BB6A8F654CE770594

Mirrors: MediaFire

Downloads for Windows 10:

For Sound Blaster Z and Sound Blaster Zx:

Filename: SBZ_CD_L13_1_01_12X_W10.7z
SHA-1 hash: 79DDB5B295265374B54EC7B8CA6A49751210F3AF

Mirrors: MediaFire

For Sound Blaster ZxR:

Filename: SBZxR_CD_L13_1_01_07X_W10.7z
SHA-1 hash: 2D4B014D67D00D4538790FD19FFA8CE79AC53C15

Mirrors: MediaFire

For Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe:

Filename: SBRP_CD_L13_1_02_04X_W10.7z
SHA-1 hash: 7CA57B8D8884C09111B3D2F2A4F1EC808FD985D1

Mirrors: MediaFire

All files are property of Creative Technology Ltd, unless otherwise noted.


Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for all your work over the years.

Just wanted to report that at least on my system (Win10 Pro 2004 x64 with a Zx), using these drivers will result in the Digital Input being rendered unusable (i.e., it won't even show as a faulty or disabled device, it's just gone). Rolling back the drivers restores the input device.

Daniel K. said...

Thanks for your report.
As stated, this is a beta test driver, it's mainly intended for those experiencing channel swap or any other anomalies.