I had a creative audigy 2 in my PC and it was getting overloaded by some of newer games so decided it was time for an upgrade, i was originally thinking about spending 40 pound maybe 50 then saw this and thought i would spend the extra and go for it.
i have a DFI lanparty NF4 motherboard and at 1st i put this card in the same PCI slot as my old card (the middle of 3 slots) turned on and nothink! turned off and tried it in the top slot again nothink, i could see an RMA coming but as a last resort i tried it in the bottom slot and bingo it worked, installed the drivers and all was well, i am not a great fan of creative drivers but these ones seam sweet with options and extra that actually work and make a good difference to the various needs of the user, i used the drivers on the cd and so far they are great.
i bought this card for gaming and i wasnt expecting much of an improvement over my audigy 2 but how wrong was I? very wrong as this blows the audigy 2 out of the water, the sound in games comes to life, i can here things i didnt no where there with my old card and even in big firefights this card doesn't get overloaded as u here it all in great clarity and detail, it has also helped my frame rates in the newer games especially Cysis, i didn't think it would add that much to my overall gaming experience but again i was completely wrong, if u think that the newer games have so much more better graphix than the older ones and the same can be said of the sound, it helps get you so much more indulged and immersed in the game but u need a top sound card to get the full effects.
like i said i bought this for gaming and wasnt expecting much in the way of music and films but this card has improved my MP3s so so much, i have music on my pc that i have had for a very long time and listening to them now with this card has changed my listen experience so much for the better its untrue , i could go on and on about this card as it is truly gobsmakinkly good.
yes it is expensive and i was doubting my judgement after spending so much on a sound card but in the 2 weeks i have had it it has been awesomely good and one of the best pieces of hardwear i have bought , i was no great fan of creative but there isnt much compaction for them in the sound card department but this has put my faith back in creative.
if you are into your music and games, and can afford this card then buy it, right, thats my creaming over.