Pros Sounds great, and comes with a great package!! The games it came with were great as well.
Cons This card I have only lasted for 4 months. It's already blown out. The last card I had from Creative only lasted for a year. You need to think twice befire you plan pn purchasing the sound card. If there is a better option, go for it.
Pros EAX is great, and so is the sound quality. Calibration makes everything sound perfect.
Cons No product support at all. Also, on my first card, after about a week, the left front channel stopped working, so i renturned it and got a new one. After a couple days, the center AND left rear channels stopped working. I doubt that i'm keepin this car
Pros Great sound, good software suite
Cons Poor reliability
Summary Great sound card. Excellent sound with games, music and movies(everything). Extensive software suite with many customizable features. Now the bad, my card stopped working after 8 months for no reason. Up to this point, I've had great luck with Creative labs products, sound cards and MP3 players. But this product is a dud when it comes to reliablity. Unfortunately after reading other reviews, I see that I'm not the only one that has a problem. Buy at your own risk. I bought a cheaper Soundblaster Live 24-bit to replace my Audigy 2 ZS, I can't waste another $120 on a bad card, so if the SB Live goes out, I'm only out $40.
"Avoid this one"on by csluder
Pros Great sound
Cons Software Installation fails
Summary Software installer hung and the machine blue screened on boot. Downloaded the update required by creative, but it would not see the card and failed to install the new drivers. Called HP and they gave me a link to an installer on their site that was able to install the updated drivers. It works and I am impressed with the sound quality. Much better than the on board sound.
"good when it works"on by jeffra67
Pros Great software included. Sounds good when it works.
Cons Crashes games A LOT.
Summary I get a loud beat during most games. Then the game will freeze and you need to reboot the computer.