Summary: My motherboard's audio fried after a hard drive upgrade I made. This thing is well-priced and gives me so many options for the price point. The control software is both easy and is pretty close to kitchen sink with features. If you don't want to go through the hassle of getting a fix replace on existing hardware like me, or are an occasional audiophile who is looking for an upgrade, it's great. Also parses PC game audio very well. I noticed that almost immediately.
Makes Games Sound Clear with EAX compatibility in a PCI-E package!
RectifiedGTRz "primitivelyric", Amazon
15 August 2014
Summary: I bought this card to replace my ASUS Xonar DGX PCI card because I upgraded to SLI in my computer and I lost the regular PCI slot due to the size of the second video card. I needed the PCI-E card (which this fits into a X1 or X4 variable PCI-E slot). Before buying this, I used the onboard Realtek audio, which isn't great for headphone gaming.
Summary: I purchased this in June 2013. And it failed in July 2014. Up until then, I was quite pleased with the card. But recently it started doing weird things to the sound. Among other things it inserted an "echo" effect despite all my efforts to turn off all effects. I tried updating the software in several ways, including removing the old software and downloading from the Asus web site. It would not load.
Good sound - Optical Out - read review for reason on 3 star review
20 July 2014
Summary: Bought this sound card so I could hook up the kid's PC to the surround system in his room. Typically HDMI out from his video card should do the trick, but the surround system was a gift and not of very high quality so I needed to have optical out from the PC to the optical in on the surround. Make sure before you purchase that you know if your computer has PCI or PCIE slots as it will save you a return.
Summary: This is a perfect balance between the high end sound cards that are way more than I need for my non-gaming application and the really cheap cards that are a pain to get working. I use it in my HTPC, it's much better than the on-board audio, the drivers are great, loaded quickly and easily under window 7, and I am able to use both SPDIF for movies and analog out for stereo music without having to make changes to windows. Just what I wanted...