Pros: I've used Creative sound cards going back to the AWE 32. This is the first time I'm been not all that happy but will keep the Card. A real score would be 3.5. I liked the old software better and wish there were a way to still use it. The best sound on this card is Stereo 2.0 since it doesn't like...
Cons: Have to detune the card or it is just too loud, harsh and noisy. Shame on you Creative for trying sell software that should be free with a card that costs this much. After all of these years this might be my last creative based card. My DT-770 Beyerdynamics cans doesn't need an AMP.
Summary: I honestly do not know what is the bigger disappointment, having a product that is not working right or getting the run around. I am done spending money on shipping to try and fix this issue. I am gong to file this audio card in the circular filing cabinet and call it a bad buy.
Pros: Great sounding audio when it feels like behaving. ASIO drivers.
Cons: Static noise that after a few reinstalls of the operating system and drivers may or may not go away until the next time you reinstall your operating system. Merely reinstalling the drivers and software for this product have not fixed the problem. Tech support seems to blame the motherboard. Mothe...
Summary: While the card itself is a welcome upgrade to my rig, some might not like the super bright LED on the card. It happens to fit my color scheme for my build so no complaints from me.
Pros: Discrete cards will always be superior to onboard sound. Due to the separate processor for encoding and such. While I have had no issues with the card or the drivers/software, I will commend Creative for including 2.1 speaker setup in their software. The sound coming from the card is nice and cle...
Cons: the beamforming mic is completely worthless. the quality of the mic included is by far worse than a 10$ desktop mic from office depot. While they have updated the software, there are no explanations to what the different settings actually do.
Summary: Overall, this is a slight improvement on the two greatest cards by Creative: The X-Fi Extreme Music and the X-fi Extreme Gamer. Those two both absolutely blew onboard sound out of the water. This card, the leap is not so great, but it is still very discernible to me.
Pros: Clear, crisp sound, that is well-boosted. This is the feature that even the ALC1150 motherboard sets can't replicate. Very affordable, especially for the experience you get.
Cons: None. I bought the OEM, reasoning I didn't need the shroud or extra software. I haven't regretted it.
Not Worth It Over Decent OnBoard - Horrible Drivers
Georg R., Newegg
17 April 2015
Summary: I got this expecting a significant upgrade to my onboard RealTek ALC1150 on my Asus Z87 Pro. In particular I expected a decent microphone input with good microphone volume levels, similar as I had with my very old Audigy 2 sound card.
Pros: Sound Quality
Cons: Horrible Drivers, Control Panel Takes Forever to load with Win8.1, Gimmicky Features no-one needs, PCIE slot, bad too low input/mic level with some microphones
Summary: One thing I did notice my old 5.1 setup had a odd buzz in them but not in the headphone plugs. It could be related to my 5.1 age of the hardware. But my cheap headphone can't handle the output so I had to turn it down or risk destroying the cheap headphone. My Sony works fine but it's a Sony.
Pros: Very small and works in my PCi express x16 slot. Sounds are more crisp and clear and louder then on-board. Same look but less expensive to buy and use. Less distortion from the sounds.
Cons: Con if you plug into your x16 slot make sure there is enough power in your system to work. I found that out my board told me to add more power to run the PCi 2nd x16 slot. Once I did that it powered up with no problems. This is for some board that have the extra power adapter for their 2nd GPU x1...