I have one of those, probably about 3-4yo since I bought it in the Bargain Basement a while back. Unless Creative has improved the power efficiency of the unit since then, that thing is a furnace. The palmrest over the card and the card itself get hot enough to be uncomfortable and I haven't used it much for that reason.
On the upshot, if you need digital audio out from an older notebook, it does have that in both coax and optical (adapter required for optical use).
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