Summary: By LarryBoy I purchased this sound card primarily to record sound on my new HP desktop loaded with 64 bit Windows 7 professional. I was disappointed to find that the "what u hear" recording option that was available on my former windows XP system was not available with this card and OS combination. I even tried connecting the speaker output jack and the line-in jack on the card, but that resulted in nasty feedback and echo making it impossible to even record that way.
Summary: I am quite dissatisfied with this card. It crashes in mid game and it seems to have a lot of issues if you try to use Surround Sound. It seems many of the issues I be because of Vista, but I can't confirm nor deny. I will be looking for a new card.
Pros: Low price for optical out., Sound is much better than onboard, when it works.
Cons: Semi-frequent sound crashes., Poor Drivers, Doesn't work well with Vista.
Summary: What they did with this card was get a lower quality, and poorly supported chip and stick the X-Fi label on it. It's not a good card.
Drivers are dodgy and completely non existent for Linux. The sound is OK, but not noticeably better than what you would get from an Audigy SE or something. It certainly isn't 'X-Fi' standard.
The only 'advantage' I can think of is that it is PCI-E.
Summary: By D. Pham I ordered this sound card for its digital output toslink and claimed compatibility with windows vista. However, this card did not live up to my expectations at all. I had wanted to hook up the sound card to play through my audio receiver and 7.1 speaker setup in the living room. What they fail to tell you, except in the fine print, is that the digital SPDIF outputs only output Dolby 5.1 sound when you are playing DVDs.
Summary: Despite being sold as an X-Fi card, this particular model does not use the X-Fi chipset. In fact it uses a variation of the Audigy 2 SE chipset. This is further confirmed by the fact that this card uses different drivers than the rest of the X-Fi line, and is not recognized as an X-Fi card in games. The main problem with this is you cannot uses any of the X-Fi features in games like you would expect.
Summary: Maybe it was just my system setup, but this thing didn't work very well. It couldn't handle my TV tuner being plugged into it without muting the sound. It started out sounding good right after I installed it and then it would turn normal clicks into what sounded like "pfft". I will be sticking with my onboard audio, it sounds and works much better.
Conclusion: First of all, I was surprised to find the item arrive in the post without a box in soft packaging. But, being someone who has used an X-Fi for quite some time, I at least expected to get an item with an X-Fi processor and not something that Creative have entitled X-Fi, but with an Audigy processor! Simply, the product only has entertainment mode, it has no game mode! Does this matter, not if you want music, but it does make a difference with games.
Summary: I bought this card to upgrade from my old Sound blaster live 24 bit. The improvement when playing music files is incredible. When it comes to gaming it is a different story. This card actualy gives lower frame rates than my old card, despite being a PCI-E card. In short if you are a gamer forget it, an old sound blaster card will give you better performance.Given that this is a new-ish PCI-Express card it should not cause lower frame rates in games than the cards it...
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