Pros: Crystal clear sound, hear things you couldn't even notice before in your music and games
Cons: Few connection ports (4 digital optical and then just 2x 3.5mm jacks for headphones)
Ingame shotgun sound from behind actually freaked me out first time I heard it and had to check my back!
If you want a sound card, then go high-end or not at all. The motherboard inbuilt ones can do sometimes better than cheap soundcards. This one is a bit more expensive, but very high-end and will make a huge difference! You will be left to wonder how you lived without. Crystal clear sound, hear things you couldn't even notice before in your music and games.
Very satisfied with the card and it looks reasonably well built too, zero issues but software could of been better.
Ensure correct setup for best quality sounds. Set on DTS Connect encoder seems to work best. You can disable and ignore X-Fi Crystalizer.