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This work compares the performance of spin valve sensors comprising magnetic flux concentrators (MFCs) composed of Co93Zr3Nb4 (CZN) or (Co70Fe30)80B20-based synthetic-antiferromagnet (SAF) multilayer stacks. In addition, the influence of a tapered MFC tip is also studied. When compared to CZN films, SAFs have the disadvantage of lower magnetic susceptibility (χ = 196 for SAF vs. χ = 753 for CZN), which affects negatively the field gain in gap (10 for SAF vs. 43 for CZN). However, from the overall noise spectrum, one can conclude that the magnetic field detections for sensors incorporating CoFeB/Ru multilayers as MFCs are close to the ones obtained with CZN, being mainly determined by the sensor intrinsic properties instead. For low frequencies, field detection levels at 10 Hz improved from ~ 61 nT/Hz0.5 for single spin valve sensors down to ~ 1.8 nT/Hz0.5 when CZN concentrators with a steep-profile are used.