Summary: Bought this to replace my Creative based Auzentech X-Fi Forte. Connections and installation was easy, plugged the front panels HD audio without hassle. Sound quality, it depend which use you intend to do. I find the audio different on some outputs. The sound I use on the speaker was too muffled on my speakers while it was too hissy on my headphones.
Summary: So this card gives me sort of mixed feelings. On the one hand the sound quality is amazing. There's no arguing that. The only problem is that the power connection on it seems to be quite finnicky. For example, sometimes when I move something around in my case the power cable gets touched just a little bit, and when I restart my computer I get a message saying that the power is unplugged, when it clearly isnt.
Pros: Very good sound quality, and good driver utility
Summary: The performance of this card is definitely superb to any onboard card. Its low profile also means airflow can still be kept at a good level. Here's the bad part... Plugged the card in, downloaded the Windows 7 drivers beforehand. So Windows detects, click on setup to install the drivers, restart the computer. Boots fine, no sound, and programs don't load at all. So after looking at forums for about another 2 hours, I figured out the driver problem.
Pros: - Sound is much more clearer than onboard, - Low Profile, - Price (can find one for $70 after MIR)
Cons: - Drivers for Windows 7 are horrible, - Not colour coded
Summary: An upgrade to onboard sound, certainly. A revolution in acoustical control? Big no. Most of the software features are superfluous and confusing and usually make the sound worse - the instructions are inadequate as well. I also despise having to manually switch analog out settings when I shift from speakers to headphones. All/All, it frees up a few percent processor load, and clears up muddy onboard sound. Buy it for those reasons, and none else.
Pros: # A truer range and reproduction of sound than my realtek onboard.
Cons: # Terrible software, which regrettably needs to be used., # Dolby Headphone is disappointing., # S/PDIF doesn't have its own jack., # Front panel options still don't produce clear sound.
Summary: Good quality sound for the price if you can PM.Low profile and something different and better that any Creative XFI that i have before.
Pros: low profile,with lastest drivers and patch working great for me in both Win7 and Vista64.
Cons: The plug's arent colored , 4pin mini molex floppy power connector was broken and i lose at least 1h to changing drivers,patches and diff windows to find that was a problem.(open box item- i know i take the risk but ncix should test the card before sell it again!
Summary: This card would be well suited to a media pc, or a casual/family pc. It is inexpensive, well performing, and made of good parts. However, the driver support for video games is terrible, and asus doesn't seem to care. Here is a list of some of the games and their issues with this card (as well as the D2X)- straight from asus forums. Battlefield 1942 - constant popping/crackling, Battlefield 2 - some users report popping/crackling and other issues...
Pros: Good price point. Quality construction. Great sound quality.
Cons: Terrible game support. If you are a PC gamer, do not buy this card. Buy a creative X-fi and be happy that you can play all the games you want.
Summary: I'll start by saying like many others that this is a great sound card which is only let down by one thing, INSTALLATION! As a guy who more than knows his way round computers, i repair them for a living, this install was horrendous. Ordered 1 and couldn't get it recognized, so sent back, same again but this time persevered and looked for reasons for 2 failing.
Summary: Excellent build quality with the exclusion of the 4-pin connector (I had to "crush" the female end of the contacts on the 4-pin connector to allow the contact to be enough so the card to actually work). The Asus software works but should be more user-friendly and informative. Product looks great and the jacks on the back of the card are very durable and feel extremely solid (look fantastic too).
Summary: I bought this sound card because I found the onboard sound on my Gigabyte EX58-UD3R motherboard, whilst being fairly clear, was not loud enough in some of the games I was playing and lacked punch. I searched the internet and this seems to be a problem associated with using the Windows 7 operating system rather than the integrated sound chip according to many posters.