Summary: do a search on google Creative X-FI + vista, and you will see a million horror stories, all the same. don't buy this
Pros: fills a slot in my computer
Cons: This product is terrible, esp. with Vista. BUYER BEWARE! Creative sound cards lately are terrible terrible terrible. I've looked online and I'm not the only one. I've seen things ranging from shoddy soldering joints to software issues... Mine would not play with Vista and every 5 minutes it would...
Summary: The external box is nice, a bit large though. Not to much of a problem if you have lots of stereo equipment like i do, would be nice if it worked though.
Pros: Lots of inputs and outputs and a good program.
Cons: Doesn't work with vista. Creative says it does but it doesn't. they have had lots of driver updates but none seem to work for vista. I have had this for about a year now waiting for a good driver but no luck so far. I will work for about 5 min, then it either stops all together or it will emit a ...
Summary: in xp i had to install drivers from safe mode(something i have never had to do on any hardware before), update my bios, use the last pci slot on my motherboard, and pray; Just to get the sound to work, and non of the commutation bay channels were accessible.
Pros: Would be great if it worked
Cons: Windows vista: no direct hardware processing, so if you have vista you can only do software decoding, ie no eax, hardware dolby/dts. Windows xp: massive driver problems general: right front channel cut out after plugging in the jack twice