Ask the Experts Question: Which add-on sound card should I pick for my new PC build?

Which add-on sound card should I pick for my new PC build?

Joey wants to know which sound card he should pick for his new PC.

Question by Joey from United States | Answered by in Audio, Sound & Speakers on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:45 pm CST

If you were going to purchase an add-on sound card for a new PC build, would you choose an EVGA Nu Pro card, a Creative AE-7, or a Creative AE-9?


Hi Joey,

We don't get many audio questions, so I'll try my best here. As you know from your own research, the AE-7 and AE-9 are similar designs with the AE-9 getting all the trimmings like Nichicon gold caps, Sabre DAC, and dual Core3D processors. It also has the XLR port for professional microphones if you are looking to stream.

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The EVGA Nu Audio Pro has very similar specifications to the AE-9, but lacks XLR connection with its only mic connection being the 3.5mm jack. Output is the same at 384KHz 32-bit, but does have a lower SNR at 123dB.

If it were me and all things were fair, if I'm going to pay $299 for the Nu Audio Pro, I would spend the extra $50 and get the AE-9 for the added flexibility and build quality.

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