"Good card...once the kinks are worked out"3.5 starson by L0G1c
Pros: excellent sound, 24-bit crystallizer is neat, good value for money
Cons: lots of useless software, mode selector gets annoying after a day, known compatibilty issues
Summary: Now that I have the card working properly (which took a few frustrating hours and lots of scouring message forums) I can say I'm quite happy with it. I wasn't experiencing the crackling/popping most people complain about, but a "stuttering" when playing songs in iTunes. I first tried changing PCI slots, then updating drivers (including the beta), re-arranging my RAM, uninstalling bundled software...I tried everything. It was updating my BIOS that finally solved the problem. I'm running an Asus P4B533 mobo, P4 2.4 (@ 2.75GHz), Radeon 9600XT, 2Gb ram, 2 Seagate Barracudas, cheap 500w psu.
Hope this review helped out.