Pros: Sounds great, looks great, and lots of games support it., dedicated headphone jack
Cons: not as good (so ive heard) Xonar
A bit expensive for a sound card, but its the best thing you can buy for a audiophile / gamer.
Even if you just listened to music i dont see how you can go wrong with this card.
While many people may complain about switching modes cut off the sound, i just leave it in audio creation mode and im perfectly content, never any driver issues here.
These have some sort of amp built in, enough to power any headphone.