Hi, just wanted to share my experience so far with my new Auzentech card. Ok basically, it's friggin sweet-totally blows my P.O.S. X-Fi Fatal1ty card out of the water...the only thing that was a fatality was the card itself...ok enough of that. AANYYWWAAYY-I have been looking for an alternative to get rid of my problematic X-Fi card for a long time and it looks like I've found the light. I wanted to pick up the Prelude but it's pretty much sold out everywhere...so I ordered it and it'll be here soon. Being the impatient person I am, I decided to go to my local retailer and pick up an Auzentech HDA X-Plosion 7.1 card to keep me busy and to let me give Auzentech a run. The card itself is a fine piece of work-all solid-state caps, upgradeable, nice layout...it's very clean and the design was well-thought out for sure. Would've liked to see a heat sink on the main chip but I don't believe it needs it, or it would've been included. My only concern is that it's sitting between two G80 cards. All-in-all the card performs very well! I was soo used to the popping, crackling, hissing, screeching, BSODs, etc. for soo long that it was a very pleasant surprise to be able to play all my games with no hiccups of this kind in any way. Optical out is sweet, music/movie playback is clean. I don't have a 7.1 or even a 5.1 system for that matter due to space constraints but the sound it cranked out of my Klipsch 2.1s is top-notch. Yes, the card doesn't support EAX 5 and 4 I believe, which is a big deal to some-but I really don't care for it anyway so this doesn't effect me much. Games run fine, you can run hardware/high mode for BF2142 and everything sounds crispy...same for WoW, C&C3, ET:QW Demo, Bioshock, etc. For Performance/CPU usage, this card is fine for me-but it damn well better with my setup. Ok, OK-my setup is pretty much average these days but I really don't see the FPS fall-off or even noticed the FPS increase over this card using my X-Fi card. I paid $100, you can get it for $79 from Newegg. Although my opionion is just my opionion I HIGHLY recommend you look into this card or their X-Fi Prelude card instead of trying to fix your Creative card or are thinking of picking up a Sound Blaster product. #)(#&% Creative. Kthx.