I have been using this sound card for several months now and am more than impressed. Games like Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142 sound much more lifelike and the card can handle many different sounds at once and not miss a beat. If you are using on-board audio for gaming, you don't know what you are missing out on until you install a sound card like the XtremeMusic. My favorite feature is how this sound card can turn stereo headphones into full surround for games. I was skeptical but after playing Battlefield for hundreds of hours, I can attest that you know exactly where a bullet is coming from using stereo headphones, even if the difference is only a few feet. I used to think of a sound card as an afterthought but now I consider it just as important as a graphics card to get full enjoyment out of my games.