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Didn't work - replaced - still didn't work!,
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This review is from: Asus Xonar Essence STX II Sound Card (PCI Express 1.0, 24 Bit, 124dB, Real-Time Encoder, Clean and Stable Power Design) (Accessory)
Reading the reviews, I had high hopes for this sound card. However, on installing it into a PC containing an Intel DH77EB motherboard, it was not recognised in the PCI Express slot. I had downloaded the latest drivers, but these made no difference. I tried to use Asus support but this was hopeless - as many reviewers have noted elsewhere. I therefore returned the card to Amazon for replacement - fantastic service from Amazon.
A new card arrived, and had the same problem. This has been returned to Amazon for a refund. Again, fantastic service from Amazon.
I have had no other issues with PCI Express cards in this PC, including video, sound, and 1394a expansion cards. I suggest sticking with on-board audio, or perhaps trying a SoundBlaster PCI Express card.
Update: I have since purchased an Arcam irDAC USB 2.0. This is an external DAC that attaches to the PC via a USB2 cable. Considerably more expensive than the Asus sound card at £399, but absolutely fantastic. Read the reviews!
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2014 12:48:35 BDT
Mr. R. C. Fielding says:
1 star because your board is incompatible. Harsh.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2014 03:22:58 BDT
Bartek K. says:
Have you tried using any other PCI-E slots? - Looking in the UEFI/BIOS for any settings which "may" apply to using devices in PCI-E?
Or have you tried contacting the board manufacturer (Intel) regarding this? - Sure they would know everything about the board.
Regarding to Mr. R. C. Fielding - From what I know - PCI-E is generic and there should not be any compatibility issues whatsoever - that is from what I know.
Source: 6 years in the IT Industry.
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 12:52:19 GMT
This review needs to be deleted. A 1 star review because either the reviewer A) bought a sound card for a motherboard that was incompatible (which I don't think is the case here) or B) they didn't realise the sound card requires power and needed a molex cable to be plugged into it. If you weren't seeing it show up it's highly likely you either weren't powering it at all or your power source wasn't good enough.
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