Summary: I ordered this sound card only to use the Spdif connector as a pass-through for Dolby AC3 sound to my AV receiver. I have an other sound device that does the work, but the Windows 8 driver is a bit finicky, so I wanted to try an easier solution.
Pros: Analog sound seems to be working fine. So does my MB's analog sound.
Cons: Documentation and troubleshooting information is close to non-existent on the web. Not much information from VIA is available.
Summary: I built a Windows 7 machine for my son out of old parts that I had gathered. Unfortunately I only had one ancient sound card that was no longer supported, so I bought this guy. Good price and it does the job. You can't ask for much more than that.
Summary: it works fine i can hear the direction of the sound better and clearer. in gaming i dont have to look in that direction to know where the sound came from.in other words, i dont have to look back and forth to pin point the sound. i also can hear the distinct sounds of tanks.
Summary: In my experience with this card, the S/PDIF output (which is why I bought it) is only supplying my tuner with 5.1. That happens to be acceptable for the price / what I'm doing, but if you really need 7.1 and you plan on running coax out to your tuner...
Summary: I bought this item when the SB Live card on one of our Windows XP PCs stopped working. This product was cheap, had decent reviews, was very easy to install, and performed an adequate job at bringing our sound back to life.
Summary: I bought this as an upgrade to my 2 channel stock audio card that already had a digital audio out. Once installed this and plugged in the digital out wire to my surround sound system I was unable to get ANY sound to function. After messing with it I eventually gave up and took it out.
Summary: Works for me. It produce perfect surround sound with my 5.1 Zalman headphones - work front, central and back speakers in bough ears. Some inconvenience: 1. You have to desable ALL sound drivers before card installation. 2. You need installation disc to set up drivers and "Audio Deck".