"If you're on the fence with the X-Fi, consider gaming as a big factor. At the moment there's no real quality improvement (see 24-bit Crystalizer and CMSS-3D) to audio or performance improvement with the X-Fi (see Game Testing). I would wait a few months to see which titles are going to support X-RAM and then decide on a purchase, otherwise your current Audigy 2 ZS will do you just fine which performs and sounds just as good as the X-Fi (minus the X-RAM)."
"Do you own a laptop? Do you have a hard time keeping it on your lap because it's too hot? Well we sometimes do. Most of our reviews here are geared toward enthusiasts and overclockers, however, desktops are not the only things that need after-market cooling these days. For our mobile readers out there, today we have Vantec's LapCool 3 laptop cooling pad."
"Today select brands of DDR RAM top out around 500-700MHz effective, high performance select DDR2 RAM is available at up to 1000MHz effective. If we add the truth that Intel has phased out DDR chipset solutions and mention AMD is moving to DDR2 as early as next year, this underlines one vital aspect changing the PC industry - DDR is out and DDR2 is definitely in."