Conclusion: Impressive, a single word that sums up the Asus Xonar DX very nicely. I was very happy with the look and presentation of the card and despite its small demeanour it has certainly proven that it can punch well above its weight. Asus in their wisdom have released a chipset that is most welcome in the audio sector of PC hardware and it is a breath of fresh air to a once stagnant market.
Pros: • Fantastic overall sound., • Very good looking card., • Solid capacitors for durability., • Front panel connectivity., • PCIe functionality.
Cons: • Lack of DTS encoding capabilities., • Requirement of additional floppy power cable., • Lack of prompt driver updates preventing some games (Bioshock) from working correctly.