ASUS PCI-Express x1 7.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR-DX After great effort, I am happy, but be aware...
bobguitar53 "bobguitar53", Amazon
20 June 2014
Summary: I purchased this card used. I didn't get to open the package and install it for several weeks, so when I finally did, I was disappointed. The card was packed in an anti-static bag (a good thing) but was not protected from damage in shipping by any bubble wrap or anything else. Took the board out of the bag and one of the surface mount capacitor fell out of the bag. It had broken off its position on the board.
Summary: I have built two identical gaming systems for my wife and myself. I purchased this card because I wanted to use PCI-E slots on the motherboards (a card in the PCI slot partially blocks the power supply ventilation intake in my Antec 900 cases). I already had a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty in one system, so I only ordered one of these at first to test and compare. It works perfectly, and sounds incredible!
Summary: I originally tried to install under Win8. What a nightmare. Then I realized that Win8 was most of my problem. I reverted to Win7, and have not had the same difficulties. The differences between onboard sound and a sound card are significant. If you use your computer to game or listen to music via speakers/headphones of any quality, this is a worthy investment. In particular, I use this with a 7.1 surround headset, and the difference is substantial.
Summary: I will just say what I think. I have always used creative x-fi. The last few years the support and drivers haven't been that good so I switched to asus Xonar. I can't hear the difference at all. The drivers and software still seem like an afterthought. So after saying that. I think both sound great, I just can't hear or see the difference. I would go with what one is cheaper at the time.
Pros: Price, size
Cons: Not any better then any other sound card I've used
Summary: good card, lack of headphone amp still powers up my headphones fine, i have some 60 ohms headphones. sound is amazing on this, with the equalizer you could set it to whatever you want it to sound, amazing!!
Pros: great sound, SONAR, good brand, excellent config
Summary: This is a fairy decent card, and a huge upgrade from onboard audio. The average PC user will be more than happy with this card. It is a shame that the Xonar DX does not include a headphone amp though. That is the only downfall with this sound card. If it had a headphone amp, this would be the card to get for under 100 bucks. In this price range, the Auzentech Bravura is a much better buy for headphone users.
Summary: When I slapped this on my PC, I found a good improvement compared to my on board audio (Gigabyte z77x ud5h). This card uses a floppy connector to help power the card, which is a bit harder to keep that clean look, but Asus was saying how it uses that power for a cleaner signal than the one coming from the MoBo. The software was easy to install (Latest drivers from the Asus site).
Summary: Awsome sounds for movies and music, but game sounds seem rather odd. I'm not sure what's wrong but the volume of sound in the games changes constantly from low to high which is making it very annoying. This only happens while play games while everything is normal when listening to music or watching movies. The GX and game DSP option makes my game sound...too spacious like everything is taking place inside a giant empty warehouse.