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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
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Like its more expensive brother, this is also a well-rounded sound card with few flaws.

It offers a good performance and supports a good variety of setups right from headphones, multi channel speakers and digital speaker set ups.

Power requirements are minimal, and it doesn’t require any additional power other than what the PCI-E bus offers. Also, this card is much shorter than competing sound cards from ASUS like the Xonar DX and STX. This helps in fitting the sound card on some mATX boards. For instance, the Xonar DX doesn’t fit on my Gigabyte G31 based motherboard.

For pure SQ, you will probably be better served with a proper DAC as it does offer slightly better sound but none of these solutions offer a total package of a sound card, headphone amplifier and digital transport like the Creative Recon 3D.

Current price in India is Rs 7,200/- depending on the source which puts in the similar price bracket of the ASUS Xonar STX. I haven’t tested the STX so can’t comment on the SQ but both cards offer a high-quality headphone amplifier and newly designed APUs.

However, the STX doesn’t support multi channel speaker setups while the Creative does so the STX is purely focused on 2 channel speaker and headphone setups.

India U.S. U.K.
Rs. 7,200/- $72.99 £68.66

Bottom line: This is a great card without the frills and the price of its bigger brother. At its price, it offers good bang for the buck.


  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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