Cons: Newegg needs to give comprehensive info on os compatibility on all pci products. When I installed the software for this card, it made allot of my os functions freeze. I had to manually shut down all of the software so I could access windows control panel to uninstall. Supposedly windows 7 is backwards compatible for such issues but I guess not for this one. I downloaded the windows 7 drivers from asus.com but it doesn't fix this issue. I'm just going to have to get a ...
Summary: I have used this card in a few customer builds. They have all been more than satisfied. In the 50 dollar price range, this is the upgrade to get when going from onboard audio. This card is certainly not audiophile grade, but is more than enough for the average user wanting better than onboard. The added bonus is the ability to upgrade the opamp section on the card. I recommend it to people on a budget.
Pros: Sound quality for price, and ability to upgrade opamp section.
Pros: I thought that the onboard Realtek audio chip sounded good, until I installed the Xonar a couple of hours ago. I no longer like the Realtek because this thing sounds amazing. The sound quality is crystal clear and sounds natural, going through a Pioneer receiver and Klipsch speakers. I am hearing things in the music that I had never heard before, too.
Cons: Like other people have already mentioned, installing the 64 bit Windows 7 drivers obtained from ASUS's website is a pain. The only thing that worked for me was to boot into safe mode and then install them. They installed in mere seconds and after rebooting, the Xonar card works perfectly. I have not and doubt that I will install any of the software from the CD that came with the card. It works fine as it is.
Summary: This card has been well reviewed by users elsewhere, but for me it was a bit of a disaster. In fact, of the two serious problems I had with it the fact that it just plain didn't work was the less serious one; it failed to plug 'n' play, didn't show up in control panel and device manager could see only a sick unidentifiable audio controller. Maybe it needed the driver loading? Bad move - somehow the driver trashed Windows 7.
Greatly Improved Sound Quality For Such a Low Price
Mathew S., Newegg
30 October 2012
Pros: What is so good about this card is that for the price of $54 you get high quality sound from using this card. I used this card in combination with a pair of $100 5.1 surround sound Logitech speakers and it improved the sound quality so much that the speakers sound like they are a lot more expensive. It takes a little playing around with the playback mixer, flex bass, and to adjust the decibel sliders for each sound effect under effects, but once you have it right it s...
Summary: Very nice card ! I upgraded from my 5.1 rocketfish and it is awesome for my 7.1. I wanted to buy a 7.1 soundcard for the razer Tiamat 7.1, but I didn't get the chance to test it, because Tiamat are still Back order. I didn't want to pay a lot for a soundcard and I was really surprise ! so many options and drivers and it work very good. There are so many other soundcards that cost more for less options and quality. I recommend this sound card !
Pros: Good price, nice drivers and very good overall
Cons: You've gotta know how to manually install latest drivers before you can click the setup.exe from the Asus Website. I had to find the device in device manager and tell it where the driver folder was, install it, restart, then i could click the setup.exe from the Asus driver I downloaded. Had to restart again