Pitspawn (May 03, 2001 06:13 p.m.):
I bought a SBLive! Platinum because the bay drive is an essential for keyboard and recording equipment. I would have gone for a Yamaha XG sound card but the prices are steep and the soundcard is not good for games.
What I recommend is going for a SBLive! Value. Unless you want to pay $100 more just for a bay/remote and games get the Value version.
Oh yeah, just one warning about the SBLive! cards...
If you have an AMD, VIA Chipset and more than one hdd please hold your purchase! There are serious conflicts going on atm and Creative and VIA are working on a fix of some kind. These are some of the symptoms I've experienced from this ***** problem...
1...Occasional loss of cd-rom use from boot (IDE2).
2...Occasional loss of eject AND use from boot (IDE2).
3...Crackling sounds in games (This can really get annoying)
4...Overclocking problems (I cant go over 108fsb with a live for some reason)
5...Constant rebooting in windows loadup due to driver conflicts (Solved with updated drivers)
6...THE WORST OF ALL...IDE DATA CORRUPTION. I know now that it WASNT my hdd it was the live that caused IDE2 corruption. I lost my whole 17Gb C: drive and one partition of my 45Gb D:
If you dont believe what i have said look for the forums on the creative website and at viahardware website. There are hundreds of other people suffering too