i have x-fi platinum for one i'm tired of seeing the same beta driver for vista64 since may i'm tired of the bsod in BF2142 that is caused by both nvidia and creative, the process locked pages one, i googled and most say its a mixture of both drivers. and today was the last straw, i'm trying to record sound from my pc and no matter which sound recorder i use or format type, it crackles horribly, i messed around and really think its probably the sound drivers. so i googled some reviews and comparisons...still undecided if $179 is going to benefit me over x-fi, but cuda does have updated drivers. i'm not looking for better sound quality in games, just equal to with hopefully something a little better supported driver wise. i already have the barracuda headphones and read this card activates the built in transcducers for more bass realism and digital sound as well anyone think its worth it? i mean i have the cash, not to blow mindlessly on junk hardware but ya know.