Summary: nice card and cheap it has a bunch of audio channels plus 2 fiber channels it will work in a pci express 2.0 and a 1.0 slot It also has a very nice port in the back to plug in the front audio ports if you have them that is onto the card, and thats a huge plus in my book.
Summary: Excellent choice for low budget. Far superior than any internal sound card. I upgraded my sandbox to W8 but my audiophile 2496 has no driver for it yet. Hence, I use this one. To my surprise, the sonic signature is crisp, sharp and the response curve is flat across the spectrum. Not sure why others do not like it, to me it's fantastic product for the price.
Pros: Simple to plug in. Very impressive sound quality.
Summary: This card will work with Windows 8. It should be noted however that the card does not support beyond a 16 bit data link so theres a great chance if you are running Windows 8 your motherboard will support a faster card. That being said, there are applicable drivers on Creative's website to enable using the card which still gives a much richer sound and better effects over most on-board sound and clearer sounds if using apps like ventrillo or teamspeak with a microphone.
Summary: This is a great card, I must add a few things: First, to get the microphone to work, you must set a 'flexijack' an optional input that either serves for a mic, or a 'line-in'. Load the latest software, and be sure to install the "Console Launcher" along with the drivers, and control panel app.