With regards to resampling, it isn’t as big a deal as you might think if done right. Like with any digital audio processing, you can do it such that any rounding (quantization) errors are way below the actual 24-bits of data you have if you want to. Remember that in your DAW your audio probably gets resampled… a lot. A bunch of plugins oversample the audio which means they resample it up, process it, then resample it back down. You can easily have this happen multiple times in a plugin chain on one channel, never mind the whole signal.
Also it doesn’t matter if it happens at an integer rate or not. They aren’t doing anything so simple as just doubling the samples, they normally use something advanced like sinc resampling which doesn’t matter if the target is an integer multiple of the source or not.
Your DAC (and ADC) likewise does this. There is about a 99.999% chance your DAC is oversampling, meaning it operates at 64-128x the sampling frequency it is fed and does resampling and digital filtering on the data to allow a lower bit DAC to produce high bit audio.
Even for the non-perfect resampling, it is often something that is just not audible. If you have an algorithm that does produce numerical distortion but does so at -120dBFS then you just aren’t going to hear it.
All this is a long winded way to say that the resampling on new sound blasters, if present, isn’t a big deal. While I understand the purist idea of not wanting it if not necessary, it really isn’t a thing to worry about.
As far as the registered users aspect, I don’t know. Been way too long since I got my account and of course I do down the software. I just know this was something we saw from time to time on the Cakewalk forums back in the day when I was a Sonar user. People would come complaining of lots of issues, crashes, etc and have real low-spec hardware/computers but yet be talking about the highest end version of the software, which was a good bit cheaper than Nuendo. Often upon some inquiry it became clear it was not legit, which of course might be part of the issue.
I’m not saying that is the case here, it is just strange to me that we’ve seen a couple of SoundBlaster users in the last couple days, both using extremely expensive DAW software.