Price further reduced to £37.49 yesterday. My local had 1 in stock, went in at 9am and all gone.
I'm still using an Asus Xonar D2X.
Anyone that claims onboard is just as good are completely clueless. Maybe in ultra high end model but not a standard mobo. Until you have listened to both at the same time then you cannot make that claim.
I used to love Creative Technology (CT) stuff and had the latest audio cards in my machines.. and they were awesome.. until Vista... and no Driver support for my cards..but then "Daniel_K" came to the rescue and modded the drivers (rightly or wrongly - he admits) and CT threatened him. (mad) I have never bought a CT card since .. ASUS all the way now.
Seperate sound card is just a waste of money these days. Spend the money on some decent speakers instead.