Summary: I'd hoped Asus was going to come in as the saviour of gamers after Creative seems to have gotten out of the business of supporting their products (my only BSODs on Windows 7 were from SoundBlaster drivers) but this isn't the solution. First off, yes, it's better than integrated sound but not by much. Maybe I'm tone deaf and have crappy speakers but the improvement was marginal. Second, their driver support isn't much better.
Summary: I had the card for 2 months and tried various options to set it up correctly. I upgraded from onboard audio to get better sound in a game (Rocksmith). Sound quality is better, sure, but the audio lag is just awfully high. My favorite game is a guitar game and when I strum a string I'd expect to hear the amplified and processed sound as soon as possible. Well, with this card it takes a while. Initially it sounds like a small echo but as you play more notes, it gets worse.
Summary: Received the sound card and installed only to find out the connector to the power connection was for the older 4 pin FDD style connectors but I do not have this style nor have the older molex connector, so as use the adapter, coming from my power supply in my newer (year old) computer. This is the type of thing that would of been nice to know before ordering. Problem is that I opened the packaging and once opened I cannot return to Amazon.
Summary: I had problems installing the drivers. I grabbed the latest drivers from the Asus website and the install would always freeze. I was about to give up when I decided to try the second latest drivers (from 2010). They seemed to install. The sound I got from the card was pretty good. No complaints with the sound. The Mic in, however, was very unsatisfactory. I happen to have a headset with a sensitive Mic on it. When I use the Mic with this card it picks up EVERYTHING ...
Summary: Ok, here's my saga trying to upgrade my old sound card and headset. To put some of the following challenges in context, I've been in IT for over 20 years, so if I had challenges, expecting the average Joe to have some too... My old sound card was a Sound Blaster X-Fi Model SB0460 and my old headset was a Razer HP-1 Barracuda. I ordered a Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6a headset directly from Turtle Beach and it hasn't arrived yet.
Summary: I'd like to start by saying, the sound quality on this card is great, when its working, its full and rich and on that end its good. The problem for me is the power connect, it uses the 4 pin floppy power cable, which most power packs dont have, but fortunately it comes with an adapter.
Summary: Well, where to start? First off I love music and listen with my Sennheiser HD448 headphones. I used to use my laptop, a Hp Pavilion dv7-1245dx Entertainment Notebook pc, as my main source for listening to music due to its excellent sound quality but, unfortunately, the laptop itself is a hassle to use now.
Summary: I bought this card to install instead of my onboard sound. While the sound is great, especially for the price, I am not satisfied with the software, usage and compatibility of this card. My front panel doesnt kick in automatically, which is a small turn-off, doesnt read my mic and is simply frustrating to adjust in the software given with the card. I dont think its a great buy. Lots of hassle for sound, not worth it.
Pros: Good Sound, Good Price
Cons: No auto-detection for the front panel, Bad compatibility with Win7 64bit