good choice for changing motherboard sound, nothing more
1 October 2011
Summary: sounds good but no impressive have a big output, more than regular on board sound card the conector to the front jacks (case) is specific for the brand, so i had to modified... i´m musician, i don´t reoomend this card, or any designed for gamming, but was my option because i have another card for recording.
Worked great for the one month that it actually worked.
4 August 2011
Summary: I bought this back in July and it worked amazing with my Logitech z-2300 speakers. The sound quality is unparalleled with on board audio. But all of a sudden out of nowhere, it all of a sudden stopped working and caused all audio on my computer to stop working. My computer would not recognize the sound card and neither would another computer i have. I tried everything on the Creative website.
Creative once again buys the farm for driver support
2 August 2011
Summary: At the time of this writing- and likely until the end of time- creative has yet to update their official drivers for this sound card since 2008. Their is a beta driver from last year that is incredibly buggy and obviously not for general use, but at least its newer and performs a bit better in most respects.
Summary: Creative has always been good to me with their products, however, still faced with finding an intelligent card that utilizes TSOLINK (optical). I have this card in my HTPC. When you install the Dolby Digital and DTS codecs, you have to set which you wish to use, ie the setting is static. Also, any stereo signal passed through is modified into the 5.1 format, and with not very good sound. Music is reproduced with an echo like tone. So for music, the card is okay.
Summary: The installation is easy, I download the drivers from their website and it works fine with my Windows 7. My receiver only have digital in so I wanted a sound card that support Dolby Digital Live or DTS connect, this card does both, and that's why I bought it. Well let's talk about game first. Game works great! I played some SC2 Beta, and Mass Effect 2. Both DDL and DTS connect works great, the quality is nice and clean. There is no lag, great!
Summary: The card itself is fantastic however I had a hell of a time getting drivers to work properly with this thing. Finally I had to resort to recent beta drivers after the install of all the software on the CD failed to get the audio working 'properly'. Meaning Windows Vista found generic drivers for the device and installed them however none of the Creative software packages would run since they couldn't correctly detect a properly running card in the system.
Summary: Save your money and get the Sound Blaster Audigy series. I thought this would be a decent upgrade from the Creative's external card "MP3+", but I actually want to go back to the mp3+. Their mp3+ series was SO impressive that I actually bought 4 of them (I wanted a couple spares just in case). Sadly, they don't make the mp3+ anymore. X-Fi vs Audigy: I had to make a switch between 2 computers for space reasons. The other PC had an older Sound Blaster Audigy.
Paul D. Race "Writer, Teacher, Songwriter, Ra..., Amazon
23 February 2009
Summary: I have the deluxe PCI-bus version of this thing that I've been able to use for all kinds of projects on my older computer. When I upgraded to an HP Pavilion that only had ONE PCI bus, I had to buy this "PCI-Express" version, hoping to get some of the basic functionality I got on the PCI version (thanks, HP). It does most of what the PCI version does, except for being able record from the MIDI output directly onto digital audio tracks.