For those of you who are still having problems with CTDs using your Creative sound cards, Creative just posted a new BETA driver which I hear has improved game performance: http://support.creative.com/Downloads/welcome.aspx#
(scroll down to Beta driver released 9.16.2011)
Here are the release notes:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Series Driver (Beta)
Filesize : 38.32 MB Download
Release date : 16 Sep 11
File Name : SBXF_PCDRVBETA_US_2_18_0015A.exe
This download is a beta driver providing Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows 7 support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Series. For more details, read the rest of the web release note.
Take note of the following:
THIS IS AN UNSUPPORTED BETA DRIVER. There is no technical support for this driver.
We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver on a system used to perform critical tasks.
Users who are looking for stable drivers should wait for the final release. When this happens, user should install the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi Series driver available.
This download supports the following audio devices only:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Professional Series
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty® Champion Series
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty®
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
Minimized the issue of no audio playback on certain system configurations.
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, Windows XP, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit
Do not install this driver for Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio.
To install this driver
Download the file onto your local hard disk.
Double-click the downloaded file.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
It looks like Creative FINALLY has addressed the very well known problems with game performance caused by their drivers. I have not tried this new Beta driver, so use at your own risk. I am sticking with PAX drivers (see my earlier posts above), which have resolved all of my CTD issues with the P47. Good luck!