Summary: The drivers were OK under Windows 7, but the drivers under Windows 8 have been nothing but disappointing. I have since removed this from my PC because Creative has not released a solid driver in some time. Since removing this I have been using onboard audio.
Pros: It's a PCIe card It has a range of connection options
Resource Conflicts on Win 2008 Server, very noisy internal FP interface
27 January 2013
Summary: A sound card has two purposes: to playback sound accurately, and to accurately capture sound in digital form. This card struggles on playback when the system is even moderately utilized. I could not recommend this card to anyone, despite its stellar quality when it does work.
Pros: I purchased this card to replace the sound chip on my Gigabyte motherboard (note: if you're doing this, make sure you DISABLE the onboard audio in your BIOS!). Plug and Play seemed to work without a hitch on my Windows Server 2008 R2 system (I use WS as my desktop so that I can use Hyper-V to hos...
Cons: When my system runs scheduled tasks at night (backup, defrag, virus scan), this card starts to stutter and stall during playback, to the point that sound becomes modulated or choppy. It doesn't do it during the day when the system sits idle, but if an editing session runs late into the night I fi...
Summary: I figured I would give creative one last shot and now I am stuck with 2 useless soundcards. Never again will I be buying amyu of their products.
Cons: cannot return it, Drivers from creative fail to work properly and actually impede all media players when installed. In short the specs are nice but for windows 7 if you want to use optical it is a total failure.
Cons: Terrible. I constantly find this sound card using at least 15% of my CPU when I'm playing games and that's pretty ubsurd. Not only that but the sound will constantly stop working in games, which forces me to have to restart the game to have the sound working again. Barely any sound quality differ...
Ah Creative, How I love thee. Let me count the ways:
Jeff H., Newegg
3 March 2012
Summary: Another issue is that this card either picks up more noise or doesn't filter it out as well as my Audigy 2 zs PP. Even with the volume all the way up on my old card there was very little noise. This one I can hear all kinds of system stuff (when using my speakers or headphones.
Pros: Cheap: I was able to get this for $36. That's about the only thing that makes this card tolerable. Does work in Win 7 64 Pro (took some work though as the CD install didn't work) see below.
Cons: Where to begin? Getting this card to install was a pain, thanks to Creative's awesome drivers (sarcasm). This card replaced my Audigy 2zs Platinum Pro (it got evicted because my new video card blocks all my PCI slots...so I was forced to find a pcie card, and I wasn't going to tolerate onboard au...
Summary: I have a set of M-Audio AV-40s and a Dayton SUB-120. I figured I'd be able to use this sound card and get a 2.1 system set up. Not the case. The only way you can set up a "2.1" system is if you put the sound card's software into 5.1 mode.
Pros: Sounds good. Easy installation. Good price. Great shipping (++ for Newegg) PCI-E not PCI
Cons: Can only use an active subwoofer if you are in 5.1 Software sucks Poor leaflet PCI bracket could be better labeled
Summary: Running win 7 home premium and have the drivers fully updated.
Pros: Great clear sound with .flac files and a plug for your front IO ports, LOUD. (my PC volume levels aren't even halfway up)
Cons: It constantly cracks out and dies on me, I then have to go into my playback devices and disable and re-enable it to make it work again, VERY annoying, especially while gaming. Not worth the $100 I paid for it...
Summary: All of my issues appeared as soon as I installed the sound card, and disappeared as soon as I reverted back to onboard. The control panel is pretty slim and less configurable than my onboard. Individual speaker settings are nowhere to be found.
Pros: -Good sound quality.. but not noticeably any better than onboard using x540 5.1 speakers -PCIE x1 fits in all PCIEx slots -Sale ($65)
Cons: -Drivers drivers drivers.. -It seems to only UNofficially support Windows 7, and the drivers have not been updated in over a year. This is simply unacceptable. -I received multiple BSODs, had the sound entirely cutout requiring a driver reinstall, had sound hiccups and pops requiring a reboot, ha...