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Creative Recon 3D PCI-E
Creative Recon 3D PCI-E

Creative Recon3D PCIe x1 Sound Card Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications and Photos
  3. Installation and First Impressions
  4. Performance
  5. Conclusion
  6. View All

Technical Specifications
  • 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs (up to 96 kHz sample rate)
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources (up to 96 kHz sample rate to analog outputs)
  • 16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
  • Line In / Microphone In: Shared 1/8″ mini jack
  • Headphone: 1 x 1/8″ mini jack
  • Speaker Out: 3x 1/8″ mini jacks
  • Optical Out: TOSLINK
  • Optical In: TOSLINK
Speaker Support
  • Stereo/2.1 Speakers
  • 5.1 Speakers
  • Headphones
Bus Connection
  • PCI Express x1
Bundled Software
  • Creative Software Suite
Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Control Panel
  • THX ® TruStudio Pro™ effects
    • THX ® TruStudio Pro Surround™
    • THX ® TruStudio Pro Crystalizer™
    • THX ® TruStudio Pro Bass™
    • THX ® TruStudio Pro Smart Volume™
    • THX ® TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus™
  • CrystalVoice effects
    • CrystalVoice™ Acoustic Echo Cancellation
    • CrystalVoice™ Noise Reduction
    • CrystalVoice™ Smart Volume
    • CrystalVoice™ FX
    • CrystalVoice™ Focus
  • EAX Advanced HD
  • OpenAL
  • Creative Alchemy
  • Creative Music Server
Minimum System Requirements
  • Intel ® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD ® equivalent processor, 2.2 GHz or faster
  • Intel, AMD ® or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft ® Windows ® 7 (32/64-bit)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 600MB of free hard disk space
  • Available PCI Express ® (x1, x4 or x16) slot
  • Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Package Contents
  • Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe sound card
  • Quick Start leaflet
  • Installation CD containing:
    • Drivers for Windows ®
    • Creative software suite
    • User’s Guide

I must mention this with every Recon 3D review. There is ZERO support for Windows XP. So if by some chance you are still on good old Windows XP then you cannot use this card period. It is simply not supported, and you need a minimum of Windows Vista to use this card. The chances of people still using Windows XP when Windows 7 does a good job is very low but still has to be mentioned since the Xonar series of sound cards support XP just fine.

The Recon 3D is also fully compatible with Windows 8 though Creative hasn’t updated that spec on their website.

A quick glance at the specs shows that it’s a well-featured card with plenty of connectivity options for the discerning user with support both for high-end headphones that require lots of power and also for gamers with multi channel speaker systems (both analog and digital).

Some of the enhancements are quite fun. One of the features of Crystal Voice is that you can transform your voice into a woman and women can conversely do the same. Great for playing a few pranks on friends!


  1. I’m wondering how the lack of support for XP be a con.
    Very few enthusiasts use Windows XP nowadays and this card is meant for enthusiast market IMO.

  2. true but not having current linux driver support is a con

  3. And how many PC components have built in linux support?
    Lilux users should be able to compile drivers by themselves according to their need. Otherwise what’s the point of using Linux?
    P.S. I’m not talking about a dumb linux distro like Ubuntu.

  4. Hi, nice to get feedback on the review.

    Yes I agree most enthusiasts have moved to Windows 7 or at least Vista I was on XP when I got this card for review. So I was forced to upgrade just to review this card !

    Also the direct competitors of this card like the ASUS Xonar ST and STX have support for Windows XP.

    In fact here in India there are quite a few people I know of who still use Windows XP even today.

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