Summary: I gave this sound card 2 stars/eggs/whatever because of the terrible drivers from ASUS. If not for the horrifyingly buggy drivers, it would be worth at least 4 stars.
Pros: Good sound quality, lots of connections for not only home use but also professional use, some pretty nifty software on the CD, looks cool, and has been running in my computer for around 2 years without any hardware problems.
Cons: The drivers for this card are terrible. They supposedly work OK on 32-bit editions of Windows XP, but on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (especially the 64-bit editions) the drivers are horrible. I would believe that they managed to fix most of the 64-bit quality issues with driver updates over the y...
Summary: I wrote an overly harsh review which I submitted to the cheaper version of this card in error. I do still use this card, however I've had to cope with the limitations by also continuing to use the integrated sound card.
Pros: Sound Quality is pretty good, Linux driver is great.
Cons: Buggy windows driver, Hardware limitations. The hardware limitation is that you cannot listen to multiple inputs.
Summary: Just for an example, Half-Life2 worked flawlessly. Oblivion had issues. Tried a variety of games, and a combination of settings via the Asus Xonar D2X control panel with less than encouraging results. For such an expensive card, expected much more.
Pros: Wonderful audio quality. Much better then any card I've used over the years. Nice number of inputs/outputs. Control panel features are decent. Stable, no blue screens using the latest release drivers or beta drivers.
Cons: A bit pricey. Wobbles in the PCI-E slot, even when tightly secured into the slot. This can cause problems when you are changing audio cables while the machine is on.(Possible for the card to move in/out of the PCI-E slot while the machine is powered on.) The floppy power connector comes loose too...
Summary: The card worked for about a day, then the volume died all the way down. Got fed up, pulled it out, then tried again a few days later and again worked for a few hours, then got several BSOD crashes and finally Windows no longer recognized the card.
Pros: When it worked the sound quality was good, I like the lights at the back to help you find the correct socket when leaning back to plug in a mic or headphone.
Cons: Support. I decided not to purchace ASUS several years back, figured I would give it a try again, but nothing has changed. Their page to submit a support ticket failed, the USA web site gave me a .net error, etc. Sorry ASUS, but you really need to have good support, might have been able to solve m...
Summary: ASUS forum says that they have contacted nvidia regarding the BIOS problems and a fix should be forthcoming. I regret giving this a poor rating, and suspect that I will revise my assessment once this issue is worked out, but cannot rate a non-functioning product highly.
Cons: This card does not play well with x16 slots in a 780i board. In these boards, the GPU must be in the top pcie slot which obstructs the x1. In the x16 slot, the card doesn't reserve resources properly (error code 12) without a registry hack. Even after this, the card still isn't recognized. All in...
Summary: When I first installed this card the initial drivers did not deliver 5.1 through digital coax or optical. After becoming a beta tester for $200 I installed the updates available on their website which had to be the most excrutiatingly slow experience ever. Voila! 5.1 Surround finally!
Pros: Sounds great when it works. Lots of colorful lights make me happy? I have never heard music so clear when bridging the computer/receiver gap... Good included software. Good tech support guys.
Cons: Terrible drivers. Slow manufacturer website. Pricepoint. Must be adjusted for every single program prior to starting them.
Summary: Great sound when you can finally get it to work. Latency is a major problem with these cards. Asus/cmedia xonar drivers are terrible and written by complete amateurs. Asus just don't seem to care that the product is really let down by the drivers.
Summary: Ich habe die Karte gekauft, um den etwas längeren Weg zum Surround-Verstärker per Toslink auch zum Spielen verwenden zu können. Mit wahlweise DolbyDigital-Live oder DTS Connect funktioniert das auch.