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Item#: N82E16829128003

StarTech PCISOUND5CH 5.1 Channels 24-bit 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • 5.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 48KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Model

Brand
StarTech
Model
PCISOUND5CH

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Cmedia CMI8738
Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
48KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit

Ports

Line Out
Front/Rear/Center/Subwoofer/Rear Center
MIDI/Joystick
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 95 / 98 / 98SE / Me / 2000

Features

Features
Supports 5.1 channel surround sound for all your favorite applications.
Supports Full-Duplex operation for simultaneous recording and playback
True Full-Duplex playback/capture with different sampling rate up to 48KHz stereo
Legacy Audio SBPro compatible and DOS support
Maintains clear audio and video signals for excellent performance

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
Lifetime limited
Labor
Lifetime limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Greg J.
  • 4/22/2012 11:26:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it does.

Pros: It does what its suppose to do. Makes sonar cakewalk faster, and not sure if it helps with games but good buy for the price.

Cons: None

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  • Evans G.
  • 3/4/2012 5:40:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy Installation, and sounds great.

Pros: As title says, very easy installation. And for 5.1 I got a good deal. Sounds much better than my on-board 5.1, glad I purchased.

Cons: Didn't come with a screw to fasten to case, and the screws that came with my case don't hold it in place very well. Driver installation disc did not work with my computer, but my operating system took me straight to the online download. To summarize
- Lacks a solid fastening system to body of case.
- Driver disc seemed to not function.

None of these really are the fault of the card, so I still give it four eggs.

Other Thoughts: As my first solo installation of a card I was very satisfied. And the price for quality is hard to beat.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 12/20/2011 12:19:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSurprising Quality

Pros: - Small form factor
- Works in FreeBSD
- Comes with drivers for WinXP to Win7 and has a nice control panel
- Can't really tell the difference between the sound output of this card and the lousy overpriced Creative X-FI XtremeGamer Fatality card it replaced

Cons: Wasted hundreds of dollars on overpriced junk before finding the gem

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/6/2011 11:14:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdoes what it's supposed to

Pros: perfect entry-level card for 5.1 sound, took my PC sound to next level

Cons: i've heard better but still worth the price

Other Thoughts: remember...you get what you pay for

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  • Jason S.
  • 3/6/2011 8:26:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStarTech PCISOUND5CH 5.1 Channels 24-bit 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Allowed use of external sound source, (IE) radio to broadcast sound. also worked well with regular desktop speakers. the device was easy to install and has done all I have hoped it would.

Cons: none found so far.

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  • Elijah W.
  • 5/21/2010 7:37:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsInconsistent

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Looking across various websites, the manufactures included, the OS compatibility information is inconsistent. Even the box says "Windows XP and up", yet speaking to Technical Support they admit that it works -up to- XP, not the other way around. You need PCISOUND5LP model if you're going for any newer OS, which is another 10$.

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  • David H.
  • 4/16/2010 8:56:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSassified!

Pros: It lets your video card breathe without forcing you to buy some ridiculously overpriced PCI-Express sound card.

MIDI support.. thank goodness!

Cons: None. Totally knew what I was buying and am very satisfied.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a Turtle Beach Riviera, which had performed well for years.. but the left channel eventually died and I didn't want to pay to have it repaired (not sure, but I doubt it's under warranty any longer)

If you're not an audiophile weirdo, don't use optical output and have a suffocating graphics card, this is probably your best bet. (for the money)

I'm a long-time advocate of the notion that sound cards haven't changed a lot, so try to avoid getting ripped off on some marketing tactic. (ie, buy what you NEED not what they're telling you to WANT)

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/8/2008 10:14:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price

Cons: I tried every update/driver I could find for this item. It would work for about 5 minutes -- I could really hear the 5.1 sound difference -- before it would freeze my computer.

Other Thoughts: I should have bought a proper sound card from the start, not worth my hassle.

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  • Robert R.
  • 10/13/2008 10:54:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: After some work with the drivers, sounds nice.

Cons: First try on drivers I used the CD to install and my system crashed on startup. I try the drivers on their website and my computer crashes when I plug headphones into it. After a third try on the drivers on the CD, it now works but on startup I get asked to install the drivers again.

Other Thoughts: A bit of a headache. Could just be me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/9/2008 3:49:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeep your mobo audio driver!

Pros: It's got a very small footprint, leaving (one of) my graphics card's cooler intake 80% unobstructed. My old sound card blocked the poor video card's intake fully, and the thing would overheat.
It works fine, and has no CPU induced radio frequency interference. It's an improvement over simple mobo audio output.
I gave this five stars, not because I think that it's the best card you could possibly get, but the dollar to quality ratio is substantially high(!), and it does the job.
Please see "other thoughts".

Cons: Slight decrease in decibels from my previous SB Audigy ZS, which is more noticable with headphones than speakers.

Other Thoughts: Keep your motherboard audio driver!
For this card, you can auto-load a driver with the Windows device manager easily, but it's an extension to your mobo driver, not a replacement.
I testify that it works with this gear: XP x64 OS; AMD Athlon x64 X2; ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe mobo, with nForce 4 AMD chipset drivers. My mobo uses the Realtek AC'97 Audio driver, supplimented with the "Matrox Audio" driver that Windows installed for this StarTech sound card.
I've heard that a driver from any corp that's written for the C-Media CMI8738 or CMI8768 chip will work with this card.

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