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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2012
I bought this soundcard as a good value Soundblaster...False economy!

The Card installed easily, as did the software from CD. Unfortunately, the software and drivers on the CD were written for Vista and are not compatible with Windows 7. Soundfont Manager failed to initialise, and the flexiJack input failed to recognise a microphone plugged into it, even when told to expect one...Creative Labs finally admitted that the Soundfonts are not supported in Windows 7 and are not going to be.

Having used Sound Blaster cards since 1988, I am very disappointed with this card and the Company and will never buy a product of theirs again.

Amazon please note that this card is only partially compatible with Windows 7.

DON'T BUY if you have WIN 7. Use the onboard sound.Soundblaster X-Fi X treme Audio PCI Express
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2008
I bought this card to upgrade from my old Sound blaster live 24 bit. The improvement when playing music files is incredible. When it comes to gaming it is a different story. This card actualy gives lower frame rates than my old card, despite being a PCI-E card. In short if you are a gamer forget it, an old sound blaster card will give you better performance.Given that this is a new-ish PCI-Express card it should not cause lower frame rates in games than the cards it replaced. If you just use your PC for general use and listening to music you can find cheaper cards that will play back music just as well.
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on 7 August 2012
Well I ordered this as it was on offer but it had to be one of a small hand full that doesn't have ASIO support! which is a nightmare as i need it for my Production and Composing.

But other than that the card is nice it sound soo good! and it doesn't lag just a great card!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2008
Watch out for this one if you are running vista/Media center/Nvidia graphics cards

It installs fine and works great but it makes its very own Rice crispies sound track. I have tried using it without the graphics card and it still pours on the milk!! I have now installed it on my xp machine and it works fine and is great value for money. I wanted the optical in/out which this card has for multi media sharing use.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2008
Decided to get a sound card with a digital output after years of crackling from the motherboard soundcard, decided on this 7.1 surround sound, spdif output & windows xp compatible - soundblaster has been round for years thought perfect.
Arrived a couple of days later installed it within a couple of minutes booted up, windows detected it, but then the headache started. Even though on the side of the box it clearly states xp sp2 (or greater) - i have sp3 installed but the cd doesn't actually provide xp drivers - Great! visited the website & tried the latest drivers, turned out to be a waste of time. After a few hours searching found out this is a common problem with soundblaster cards, but in this case there is a fix. Download the xtreme drivers for the notebook & force the drivers to install, gave this ago but found that with sp3 it wouldn't let me do this, in the end called it a day, only way to get it to worked seems to be to upgrade to vista which i won't be doing any time soon. I wouldn't recommend buying a soundblaster, especially if you want to use it on an xp system there plenty of alternatives
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on 30 March 2015
If you want a good soundcard that does wonders for music this is it. It can realy bring out the sound of mp3 files. For the price none better.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2009
I have always used Soundblaster but with the latest windows updates{Vista and 7} Soundblaster have become a liability..................the drivers just do not work. When i installed this card my computer did not recognise it had even been installed so getting the drivers to install was a total non-starter.
There are a multitude of new cards on the market which do a far better job and are far better supported.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2011
Games, Movies and Music just got a whole lot better.
A must have. connected to a surround sound system and the quality is amazing.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2012
I have always liked SB & this is no exception. I put my old one (& I mean old) in my wifes computer & as I wasn't happy with the onboard on my machine I bought this one. great sound as usual
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