I don’t know why soundcards are still a thing, considering how easy it is to buy and hook up a USB DAC or HDMI receiver, but Creative is at it again with another Sound Blaster card – and this time, it comes with RGB lighting. Using flashy lights to market a sound product is weird, I think, but the card does boast a beefy headphone amp and Saber-class DAC. Of course, quality depends a lot on implementation and not just fancy parts, so it is hard to say how this thing actually sounds. The Sound BlasterX AE-5 card is the first sound card to feature a built-in RGB controller that comes with the Aurora Reactive Lighting System. A separate RGB lighting system could set a user back by at least USD 50, but now this is built into the card itself with the AE-5, giving users amazing value and performance for their system. This also means that valuable space within a gamer's desktop can be saved for other components. The RGB controller, powered by Creative's very own Aurora Reactive Lighting System, not only lights up the card through the PCB, but also gives gamers the flexibility to build their dream gaming rig by connecting up to four LED strips to match the awesome sound with an awesome light show.