Hopefully it is better than just pc speaker. I do also have sound blaster live that I could try to see how well sound blaster emulation works. Any idea which one is better option? Or would it be better to buy one of those aureal vortex 2 cards for dos?
This was a real messy time for creative, as they also call it a Sound Blaster 64 PCI, You can read more about it here, but basically they just wanted the dos emulation drivers and didn't know what to do with the soundcard itself. Make sure you get the 8MB ecm file.
Ensoniq / Creative AudioPCI
So the SoundBlaster Live is the better card as amongst other things supports EAX and soundfonts but only marginally IMHO, being from the same era I would say it is a model up.
Your much better off getting an Audigy 1 2 or ZS, they still use the same Dos legacy files but the windows side of things are much more improved and support later EAX versions.
Vortex 2 is completely different (like Intel to AMD or Nvida to ATI)
You will loose EAX, soundfonts, but gain A3D 2.0
Really which is better is down to personal preference, I like the stable (if bloated) drivers of Creative, EAX is more widely supported and Creative cards are much more common and affordable. I wold love a Vortex 2 to play round with though