Target PC heeft een review van de Creative Labs SBLive! X-Gamer op het net gegooid:
The main competitor for this card is the SoundBlaster Live! Value. The Value supports the same surround sound modes and is also software upgradable with Live!Ware. While the value can still be found in stores with the same $99 pricetag I found it online for close to $50 at several vendors. The Value lacks the digital out plug but I think most won’t miss it since there are many analog speaker sets available with excellent sound reproduction.
The other competitors for this card are all based on Aureal chipsets. Iomagic recently released new cards with Aureal A3D 2.0 surround support that begin at $50. Aureal has announced that their latest drivers will support EAX emulation. Early reports on Aureal cards using EAX emulation aren’t entirely positive but as these are only beta drivers one can only expect better results with the final release. Most new games will support either A3D or EAX but I have found that A3D is a better surround environment for games. Creative’s EAX sounds great but there is a slight advantage with the sound produced by Aureal’s A3D. It wouldn’t surprise me to find Creative adding A3D emulation to their cards. The one thing to remember about Aureal’s cards are that there are numerous reports of problems with multi-processor based systems. If a dual processor board is in your future you are limited with your choices but there are no reports of problems with Creative’s cards and SMP.