Summary: This IS NOT ASUS' fault. The motherboard in the Dell Inspiron 660 does not properly support PCI Express 1x sound cards if you have any other cards installed. I happen to have an NVidia video card (EVGA GTX 760) installed. Since there is no Linux support for the on-board audio, I am forced to use USB audio. Your mileage may vary. Perhaps it would work fine if you happen to not have any other PCI boards installed. I wish I had done more research before buying this.
Summary: Bought this to replace horrid onboard SoundFX sound on asus maximus hero vii. Just google that motherboard and sound problems. Yuck. Works well, many options in the drivers control panel Not shielded for EMI(electromagnetic interference) with some hardware. Putting this under as far as it will go, my Asus gtx 970, there is audible coil whine coming through my headset and being broadcasted to my SKYPE CALL PARTNERS, YES, SKYPE CALL. Interference is a helluva drug.
For the price it is great. Has a headset amp for those wondering and ...
14 November 2014
Summary: For the price it is great. Has a headset amp for those wondering and mine did come with a low profile bracket as well as the standard bracket. You could get a much better one for more money, but if you are looking for a dedicated sound card for your system and not worried about full on professional features and/or just something better then the on-board sound you really cannot beat this.
Summary: I used the Dg for a few months and then switched over to DGX because my pci port was getting covered by a second graphics card. This card feels a little weaker than DG, but DG felt overpowered, which makes DGX somewhat balanced. And definitely better then the on-board audio. Note: There are several reviews that the front panel auto detection doesn't work on DGX but does on the DG, which made me think about whether or not I should buy this one.
Summary: The amplifier on this sound card is wonderful. I needed an amplifier, as my headphones were far too quiet. This sound card did the charm. I did not notice a huge improvement in audio quality over onboard (realtek 889) from the DAC, but it is still definitely there.
Summary: This sound card has a great performance for what it does. They are definitely better than any inboard sound chipset on motherboards, even $300+ motherboards. Definitely a must if you have an expensive pair of headphones as you will definitely hear a deference. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is the official drivers are pretty bad and it falsely advertises two features that don't work at all.
Summary: With a little installation effort and some consternation over the Windows 7 audio setup this made a noticeable difference in the system sound quality. For $35 I have no idea why I waited so long. The driver software has a nasty behavior where the current windows requiring input are hidden behind the annoying ASUS splash screen logo.
Cost-effective card for the mid-tier computer user
Kevin Chau, Amazon
14 March 2014
Summary: After getting this card, it's performance is pretty standard. The card sounds good, no extraneous hissing or popping,clicking,etc. A couple things to note. -Clearance - Ensure you have enough space on either side of the card, I had to finagle to clear my GFX card. -SW - Come with your standard vendor special FX and other nonsense. Use if you like that sort of thing. -Headphone Amp - It does have different gain levels for different impedance headphones.