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Creative X-Fi Elite Pro
7.6 out of 10

Creative X-Fi Elite Pro

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Overall 4
4.0

so many issues, all the way around

joshua h., Newegg
18 January 2010
  • Summary: where new updates were posted. They stated that the new updates should have been posted already but were overlooked. The new updates fixed all issues but the EAX effects. However, most new games dont use it so I figured what the heck, Ill keep it to avoid S&H and restock fees.
  • Pros: The basics work. Improves gaming performance and sound quality. 3D audio works. Hardware installation was simple.
  • Cons: Software installation, not so simple. I use Win7 32-bit. Package only comes with XP and Vista software. Win7 baulked at the very idea of using the provided install software. Downloaded updates from Creative website (several times) and still could not get all the advertised features such as EAX, G...
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Overall 8
8.0

Works well with Cubase

Nathan T., Newegg
14 January 2010
  • Summary: Overall, I am pretty happy with this product and would recommend it for those who use Cubase as their DAW. I wish I could give it the full 5 eggs, but the issues mentioned above I think are enough to bump it down to 4 eggs. So let's just call it 4 1/2 eggs for good measure.
  • Pros: I use this primarily for audio creation, with programs such as Cubase, Fruity Loops, and Reason. This sound card is designed to work with Cubase, and it does like a charm. With my old computer, I would always have technical issues with Cubase, but with the Xi-Fi Elite, it's just a matter of selec...
  • Cons: Although I have been happy with the performance there are a couple of issues I unfortunately must point out. First, no phone tech support, only e-mail. For the price you are paying for this card, I would expect phone support. The e-mail support was fine, but it takes longer. Second, no XLR inputs...
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Overall 10
10

5.1 thru Digital

Maryann B., Newegg
10 January 2010
  • Summary: I am waiting for mine in mail. But this thing is awesome. Need cpu resources for it.
  • Pros: The best
  • Cons: Reviewers are wrong about only 2 channels through digital outputs. You need Dolby Digital Live and/or DTS-C encoders to do that. Can buy them for $5...
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Overall 6
6.0

Overpriced Outdated

Anonymous, Newegg
27 December 2009
  • Summary: This card was the "top of the line" in 2006 but its had its day and needs to die. That's why 3 eggs. [Buy a different card.]
  • Pros: Great sound. Loads of options. I bought mine in 2006 it still works like new.
  • Cons: Driver issues. PRICE
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Overall 8
8.0

So far so good

Xiaoxi L., Newegg
23 November 2009
  • Summary: None so far.
  • Pros: Nice sound, nice looking.
  • Cons: The DIN port is terrible. If I use it to control the volume of my Creative speakers, the sound becomes very low. Also functions offered by the creative software are so limited.
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Overall 10
10

WOW!!!

Brad W., Newegg
3 October 2009
  • Summary: AWESOME sound card and input system!!! A great buy!
  • Pros: I was a little scared getting this based on some reviews here. However, I was greatly suprised by the functionality of this entire set. The sound board can mix and record channels coming from ANYTHING going into it. There is also cool effects you can add to your voice or guitar, a karaoke maker/p...
  • Cons: It is true.....no REAL surround sound through optical or coaxial SPDIF out. You would need speakers to connect directly to sound card for surround sound. My remote doesn't seem to function properly but might just be me. I haven't really put a lot of time into figuring it out since I have the cont...
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Overall 10
10

WOrks Great in Vista 64 bit and WIndows 7

Gary K., Newegg
7 September 2009
  • Summary: Us it with a AMD Phenom II 965 X 4 processor no issues and and MSI AM3 mobo..Works great with Vista Ultimate 64 bit as well as Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Pros: This card is top shelf and it still has What-u-hear that the newer cards no longer have. Installed teh card new drivers detected and all went well. Installed in seconds and great playback sounds and also use it for vocal recording...COULD NOT be any easier
  • Cons: None
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Overall 6
6.0

Nightmare to install

Anonymous, Newegg
20 August 2009
  • Summary: Could have been rated higher if I didn't get my help from a Wikipedia page (not Creative). I also had to waste an entire day chasing down issues because Creative doesn't want to do the work to allow their cards to share IRQs like most any other piece of hardware can do without any faults.
  • Pros: Sounds great once it is working. Has a remote.
  • Cons: A true nightmare to install. Be prepared to have fun chasing down the cause of a bunch of clicks, pops, loud squeals, and random muting depending on how your motherboard handles it's PCI request with what is installed on it. To fix the issue my BIOS had to be updated, the PCI latency had to be se...
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Overall 10
10

Bad Support made it a Mess... Now it rocks

Anonymous, Newegg
31 July 2009
  • Summary: I'm finally proud I spent so much money on this one. I was quite mad I was suppossed to have the best card around that happened to have terrible driver support and no DTS Live. Now all this has been fixed.
  • Pros: After months (probably years) of severely lagging behind in software support it seems that Creative is back on the right path. This one works flawlessly on Windows 7 with the Beta Drivers. Creative has finally enabled Dolby Digital Live and DTS Direct which means, this baby will encode any audio ...
  • Cons: Dolby Digital /DTS Live needs to be licenced by US$4.7. It would be ideal to have it all out the box as others. Pricey card.
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Overall 2
2.0

Not with this card, you don't get what you pay for!

Pat M., Newegg
6 July 2009
  • Summary: Replaced by the Xonar Essence STX PCIexpress... I cannot ethically give this card away!
  • Pros: This card is as messed up as Vista 64 bit was at its inception in 2007. Following the Creative driver for this card had my head spinning. Even in XP32 this card lacks functionality.
  • Cons: Hefty price tag for a driver nightmare! Looks and connectivity are deceiving and do not always equate to functionality! It is now a shameful paperweight...
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