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Pros: I use this primarily for audio creation, with programs such as Cubase, Fruity Loops, and Reason.
This sound card is designed to work with Cubase, and it does like a charm. With my old computer, I would always have technical issues with Cubase, but with the Xi-Fi Elite, it's just a matter of selecting the sound card from the device menu, and then just plug and play from there for your audio inputs and midi.
Cons: Although I have been happy with the performance there are a couple of issues I unfortunately must point out.
First, no phone tech support, only e-mail. For the price you are paying for this card, I would expect phone support. The e-mail support was fine, but it takes longer.
Second, no XLR inputs... seems like they could've included that.
Third, I have been having some software issues in Windows XP. The card works fine, but whenever I shut down or restart, it gets hung up for about 3 minutes before shutting down. Sometimes it gives an error message regarding one of the sound card .dll files and other times there's no message. Tech support was able to (mostly) resolve the issue, but it still pops up from time to time.
So now it's kind of a cr*p shoot... whenever I turn off my computer it's either gonna shut down like it should, or every once in a while get hung up for about 3 minutes before shutting down. Not the end of the world, but pretty annoying when running updat
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am pretty happy with this product and would recommend it for those who use Cubase as their DAW.
I wish I could give it the full 5 eggs, but the issues mentioned above I think are enough to bump it down to 4 eggs. So let's just call it 4 1/2 eggs for good measure.
I haven't tried using the remote yet... don't really need to the way I have it set up.
Man, I wish I would've waited until the $50 discount they are offering now!
Pros: Easy install. Fast burn speed. I have burned probably 20-30 CD's so far and I haven't had a failure yet.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: With a CD burner, what can you say really? Either it works or it doesn't. This one has worked 100% of the time for me so far.
I have had issues in the past with CD burners for my laptops. They tend to have a lot of burn errors, and not last very long.
So far this one has been great. Here's hoping it will continue to work well into the future.
Pros: I bought this unit because it had all the connections I need.
ASRock X58 Xtreme
ASUS EN9600GSO Video card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
(2) Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500 GB HD
HP 24X Multiformat DVD burner
For the setup I had, ASRock tech support recommended I use a 700 watt power supply. This one is only 550 watts and it works fine for me, so I was able to save a little money.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Had the computer for about 2 1/2 months so far. No problems powering all the components. Hopefully this will continue to be the case well into the future.