have you ever had a sound card with EAX? They used to make a big difference, but when I went to Windows XP i assumed my old card wouldn't work and never bought a new sound card since, besides the audigy SE. From what I've figured out, Creative calls their EAX "CMSS 3D Surround now". Well the CMSS doesn't sound good on this Audigy (because it's not really a hardware card, I've been told), and whenever I enable the EAX in any game, whether it's Battlefield 2142 or Unreal Tournament 3, it becomes extremely garbled and choppy and just sick. The EAX is what I'm after, and I remember playing the original Unreal Tournament and being able to hear every bullet wizz by my head. I could tell where people were at with it. I can't do that now, not with nvidia's nforce mobo sound, not with the Gigabyte RealTek HD sound, and not with this Audigy SE. Some games do have a bit of environmental sound, like I can tell when I'm underwater in halflife games, or when I enter a building in wow, but the effects sound like they're just simple software processing programmed into the game and they're not very accurate. Not like a good EAX card used to be.