Summary: I use my machine for musical purposes. From recording to playing. That's what led me to purchase this card.
Pros: The front panel is great for my use. Always been a user of creative. No issues with any of the hardware
Cons: Drivers, drivers, drivers. Purchased this card back in 2010 and trying to get Win7 64 to load and install was like pulling teeth from a duck. Ended up spending hours on forums and searching for workarounds. Finally ended up getting them to load only for creative to catch up a few months later UGH!
Summary: Two computers and as much as a decade ago, I installed an Audigy 2 Platinum. It had very good sound and superb usability. The "drive" in front and board in the back provided all the connections I'd ever want, and more.
Summary: I love this card, it's capabilities, and the drivers and apps that come with it. I have had some problems, though. Occassionally it will start to put out crackles and pops that are really obnoxious, even when using something as basic and highly integrated as Windows Media Center.
Summary: I love this, the sound is great, I love the 3D effect for games. I also love the voice changer it has for when your voice chatting, I have so much fun with it. It can make me sound like a 12 year old boy, and make my sister sound like a teenage boy. You would never guess it was actually a girl.
Summary: The Ugly? - physically installing it was a snap, but downloading and installing the newset drivers brings us to our first bit of ugly. Vista64 has been out for just a few years now, but for some reason Creative's website Auto Downloader will not work with it.
Pros: It really does make a noticeable difference in audio quality. I have an Asus P8P68 deluxe MoBo with the Realtek HD audio chip, which gives fairly decent sound and audio effects. While I'm not wealthy enough to be an "audiophile", I'm still picky enough to be able to tell that there's much more de...
Cons: The Drivers. Like i said, this is my second X-fi. The The Driver CD that I got with this one has virtually if not the exact same drivers that I was using in 2008. That is 4 year old drivers, shipping with a brand new card. Creative has newer drivers on their website, so not shipping them with the...
Summary: I don't mind using their control panel. The sound quality is amazing, it is an awesome looking product. I'm using Win 7 64 bit...
Pros: Great Sound! Even on my headphones everything is crystal clear. Installation was easy and quick.
Cons: YOU HAVE TO READ THE WEBSITE'S DIRECTIONS. AND YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO USE THE INCLUDED SOFTWARE! This is not the card for you if you want plug play no hassle audio. Yes, 2 or 3 of the included software packs are not 'needed', but the creative control panel is ESSENTIAL. You have to use this program...
Summary: I think Creative, Auzentech Fatal1ty series (has creative software and chip? on its own card so you get best of both worlds, audiophiles looking to drop $175-200 which im almost considering to see what the huge difference in sound is would want the ASUS ST or STX card w/interchgable op amps.
Pros: Convenient front case 5.25" internal slot vs. back inputs Good rep and exc gaming sound EAX 5.0 I had the Fatal1ty Pro version inserted in to a PCI x1 slot internally had to access inputs in back which was challenging I like this design much better. Good price!
Cons: No Amp or Op Amp interchangable (but for $100 its expected at $200 you can get this so dont even go here) so not a big con at this price range... No cover to inhibit static from electronic environment but i never heard any pops on my former Creative card so unless you have wires or something inte...
Summary: If this is priced between between $120-150 its a buy. Better to just buy the sound card and skip the front i/o card unless you absoulitly want it
Pros: 1.Sound quility over onboard 2.Front i/o connector and control 3.The interface to tweak the sound is "fairly" intuitive 4.3rd party drivers avalible 5.is adaptive between 5.25" and 3.5" bays 6.Works great with my Logitech z623 6.The voice changing feature is always fun to use
Cons: 1.front i/o connection cables are not shilded, when in quite volume levels or when no sound situations there is an emf hissing being put through. 2.$200 is a bit step for what you get 3.minor inconvenience if your case is a front door closing type (i knew this going in though)
Summary: I am no audiophile so take what I say with a grain of salt. There is a huge difference in quality from onboard sound and the card is full of features (CMSS-3D.. etc). Drivers updated and worked great on Win7 64bit. Front I/O panel is useful.
Pros: Full of features. Reliable once updated/installed. Great card especially if you are still on onboard sound.
Cons: Lack of Headphone Amp if you have some hungry headphones.