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5.0 out of 5 stars
Blown away by the amazing sound, 18 May 2012
Bought this for our ageing MESH PC to upgrade the internal sound as it was showing signs of degrading.
Originally went for a SoundBlaster Audigy SE but this just locked up the PC (even though its only running Windows Vista) and after hours of updating drivers and playing with the BIOS I had to give up and return the card for a refund. Creative's website was less than helpful as it regards this card as legacy and out-of-support! Needless to say I will never buy a Creative product again.
So when I received this card it was with some trepidation that I went to install it. However, no problem! In went the card, installed the drivers from the Asus website (easilly located) and we had a card up and running after a reboot. Fabulous!!!! Only one small issue was that the microphone input had been disabled beacuse the installation had defaulted the input to the "front mic". Once this was corrected by unticking the box in the Custom tab of the microphone properties window everything was fine.
Blown away by the sound quality for gaming and music. The difference between this and the onboard sound is just incredible! The headphone settings are awesome and I love the xonar audio panel where you can customise all your sound settings.
This card is an amazing buy for under £25.