Summary: I appreciate good audio but I'm not an expert. I do however play many games often and enjoy listening to music from time to time. This was a large improvement from my ALC1150 on-board audio which couldn't fully power my Sennheiser PC 350 SE due to the on-board's low powered headphone Amp. This didn't improve my gaming skills but it did enhance my overall experience in games. The features that came with the product were a nice inclusion.
Summary: Bought this card to enhance the sound of my Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset. Love it. I won't buy another creative card unless they can outdo this one. It's pricey, but it's in the top for gaming. Honestly, it's almost like cheating in a game when you can hear someone walking up behind you or from the side.
Summary: i got this version because of the small...control...thing.... excellent quality, easy to use with all headsets, and the control thing has an excellent directional microphone that is easy and picks up my voice well despite the large amounts of audio devices
Summary: I'll admit, I'm not an "audiophile." But I do appreciate good sound, especially when gaming and listening to music. I bought this card to replace an aging Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium card -- Not being impressed with recent offerings from Creative, I decided to give Asus a go, since everything else they make is awesome. I'm not at all disappointed in this purchase. This card can actually push my Sennhesier PC 350SE headset.
Summary: Bear with me as this might be a bit lengthy. I bought a new gaming rig in January 2013 which only had on board sound. :-( I immediately bought a Sound Blaster Zx from Creative Labs. It had decent sound and software for tweaking your sound to your liking but whenever I rebooted the computer I had to go into my playback devices and select the card as default. I saw this card on Amazon by accident.
Summary: I got this to use with my digital pipe organ program, so it was not used for gaming. My goal was to have high-quality and accurate sound. This unit delivers. I especially like the remote volume and mic/headphone box. One thing that I did find buggy was that it senses if you have plugged in your headphones and alters the program somehow. This causes some issues with my organ program but may have some advantages for your gaming experience.
Summary: Being used on a Asus motherboard that already has a very good on board sound chip. The sound quality of the Xonar Phoebus ROG is far superior in gaming with 5.1 channel sound to the on board chip sound. Good investment in my case.