hi i just got deal on a X-Fi SB0460
could some1 tell is it worth it and how does it compare to modern sound cards in the x fi xtremegamer range
I think that is the XtremeMusic model. In other words, that is a full X-Fi based on the best DSP, DAC that X-Fi had to offer. It is very similar to the xtremegamer models (depending on which one you compare it to). Other than names, creative made a few cards with tiny functional differences all under the X-Fi name, the only caveat is that the name is also shared with some inferior designs carrying over from the last generation. BUT the SB0460 is a good one.
In terms of music, if you don't care about hi-fi, then these will do. With a few mods, these can sound really really good (try googling x-fi mods).
For games, these are decent. A good assortment of DSP functions to accelerate audio, and software modes for you to tinker with to see if like a specific one.