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ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card

  • PCI Express x1, 5.1 Channels
  • Dolby Headphone technology
  • ASUS exclusive GX2.5 gaming audio engine
  • 3 headphone Amp gain modes for different usage scenarios
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Optimized for immersive gaming action through precision audio. The Xonar DGX audio card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround with the ASUS-exclusive GX 2.5 gaming audio engine and an on-board headphone amplifier. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DGX 5.1 an ideal audio card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their play environments.

  • newegg 3 headphone Amp gain modes for different usage scenarios The Xonar DGX uses three modes to cater to different usage scenarios: voice, pro-gaming, and exciter modes. Sound positioning helps gamers become better informed of environments and thus more competitive, especially in multiplayer first person shooters.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone technology for an immersive 5.1-channel surround experience The Xonar DGX 5.1 uses Dolby Headphone technology to level up your stereo headphones to surround sound brilliance.
  • newegg GX 2.5 for realistic 3D gaming audio effects The exclusive ASUS GX 2.5 gaming audio engine on the Xonar DGX 5.1 allows up to 128 different sound effects simultaneously for a realistic 3D audio environment. It also offers full compatibility with the latest version of EAX.
  • newegg Automatic jack-sensing front-panel output The Intel HDA-compatible front-panel header automatically switches output between the back and the front of the case once speakers/headphones are plugged in. Never again will you be bothered by the need to change connection settings manually!

Learn more about the ASUS Xonar DGX


Xonar DGX

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8786
Sample Rate
Digital Audio
Up to 105dB


Line In
1 x 3.5mm RCA jack
Line Out
3 x 3.5mm RCA jack
1 x Digital S/PDIF Output
CD/Aux In
1 x 4-pin header on the card
Other Ports
1 x Front-Panel Header


PCI Express x1


Built-in Headphone AMP to power up every sound detail in gaming

3 headphone AMP gain modes for different usage scenarios - VOIP, pro-gaming, exciter

Dolby Headphone technology for an immersive 5.1 surround experience

ASUS exclusive GX2.5 gaming audio engine for realistic 3D audio effects

Smart Volume Normalizer

Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter

Magic Voice

Karaoke Functions


10 -band Equalizer

27 Environment Effects

GX2.5 Gaming Audio Engine


Physical Spec

6.71" x 2.54" (L x W)


Package Contents
Xonar DGX Audio Card
Low -profile Bracket x 1
Driver CD x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1

Quick Info


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

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  • Robert D.
  • 3/17/2014 12:36:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAsus DGX PCI-E soundcard

Pros: The beta Win 8.1 drivers worked well. I had some apprehension in using the beta drivers but right now they are the only ones I know of specific to Win 8.1. For $34.99 and a ten buck rebate it was too good to pass up. This card shines in games. Streaming music via pandora very good too. Slightly less quality in music (But better in games) then my old systems Audigy 2. A bit too much brass to my ears. 1000% better then the on board sound chip on my Gigabyte 970A-UD3P. IF you are a gamer and can't take onboard sound anymore this card is the one to get and save.

Cons: Music is not it's forte gaming is.

Other Thoughts: Pick it up now as it's only $34.99 and has a ten dollar rebate through 3/31/2014.

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  • Ashley S.
  • 2/5/2014 4:47:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Sound Card

Pros: Affordable & compact.

Cons: Slightly turbulent driver installation.

Other Thoughts: Simple installation into motherboard and does not require an external power connection. Great sound while listening to music and in games, even through a relatively basic pair of Gearhead headphones. Provides positional sounds during games, a feature that I like. No crackling, buzzing or distortion to be heard as far as I can tell.

Driver installation took a few attempts, but Windows 7 eventually saw to it. Installing from the included CD did not seem to work.

Recommended for an inexpensive yet effective audio processing solution.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 2/2/2014 8:12:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for.

Pros: It's a cheap card and you will notice an improvement over the default onboard audio.
I bought this for while I'm running CFD (Engineering thing that maxes the PC like a benchmark test) and still want to listen to uninterrupted music while I wait. Once I over came the compatibility issues, she works as advertised.

Cons: This is be NO means an audiophile card. As soon as I grad, I will be purchasing an HT Omega card an lighting this on e on fire!

It advertises a headphone pre-amp, though it is no more powerful that an onboard.

Other Thoughts: As soon as I installed this card on my Gigabyte board, I went into a post failing boot loop. I did previously wipe all audio drivers and disabled the onboard codecs in the Bios, so no issue there. After scouring the Tom's and the forums, the only fix I found was placing this PCIE 1.0 card in my secondary GPU slot. As soon as I did this, everything was happy. Of course the incessant boot crashing made windows angry, giving me another day of tinkering.

I gave the card 4 stars because I was unable to ascertain the orgin of my install problems, also the quality and performance are properly matched to the price. I do not have any other PCIE expansion cards to test, so I don't know if it's a Gigabyte MoBo issue or a Xonar issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2014 12:22:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy! Not worth it.

Pros: - Sound quality is a minor improvement over low-end onboard audio (Realtek ALC892). Sounds are clearer and more distinct...

Cons: - Only a minor improvement over the Realtek ALC892, which is one of the lowest quality onboard audio solutions. Higher end onboard audio might be equal or better than this sound card.
- Sounds tinny at times.
- Microphone is incredibly low and therefore unusable. For a gamer who uses VOIP, this is a deal breaker. For every other sound card out there, you can boost the microphone input +30 db, but this option is removed from this sound card. Supposedly there is a pre-amp for the microphone - this is either a flat-out lie or a poorly implemented solution. You have to scream to be heard.
- Driver defaults microphone input to front panel, which can cause confusion (look at other reviews here). This is particularly stupid since most people will be using headsets with this card and since the front-panel headphone is not amplified, they will be plugging their headsets into the rear. Poor design.

Other Thoughts: Nowadays, almost every motherboard comes with onboard sound. If this sound card sounds slightly better than the lowest-end onboard sound, and the microphone input is worse (unusable!), I can't think of a price point in which I would buy this card.

I purchased this sound card specifically for gaming/VOIP, as onboard audio has terrible microphone quality (lots of static and noise). But still, static and noise is still usable compared to silence. Other people will not be able to hear you with this sound card.

My advice: stick to onboard audio until you get to the premium/high-end audio solutions.

Note - I used to use a PCI Creative X-Fi, but since Intel dropped support for PCI, I can't use it anymore. Everything sounded fine and recording quality was top-notch so I know my headphones/microphone are working fine. The Asus Xonar DGX is just not a good product.

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  • Leonardo B.
  • 1/9/2014 4:49:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAsus

Pros: Cheap but Asus did not honored the rebate so I paid more than I wanted.

Cons: Asus did not honored its rebate

Other Thoughts: I bought the sound card the 11/30/13 and the rebate promotion was going on, maybe I printed the PDF rebate when I received the card (December) and there was a new form, who knows, I did not have copy for myself, I just know they denied it because the day I bought it. If I would have the UPC I would return it because the Dolby Headphone is not as great as I thought for watching movies and the card itself is not an improvement from my previous Creative X-music sound card. I personally think the POWERDVD dolby headphone software works better than this card. Because the rebate I will keep my money away from Asus.

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  • Justin M.
  • 12/31/2013 10:59:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgets the job done

Pros: Relatively inexpensive average sounding PCIe sound card. I have installed this card on desktop computers running windows 7, server 2008, windows 8.

Cons: Software included is basic, but at this price range that is to be expected. Not a real con in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: A good entry level sound card that works and takes very little effort to work.

The only issues with this card I have ever had is resource conflicts in computers that are heavily populated with other PCI cards, ie PCI latency issues or IRQ conflicts.

If you experience popping or other noise this may be your problem. You usually can easily change settings in your Motherboard bios to fix this.

Drivers have been solid from asus so far from the website and the provided disks. No complaints here.

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  • James B.
  • 12/21/2013 1:52:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug and Play

Pros: Instant success, good price

Cons: Does not support front-panel microphone

Other Thoughts: Note that this sound card is designed to support high performance audio such as gaming and possibly home entertainment. Full Azalia - spec sound costs more.

I got this card because on-board sound failed on a new motherboard. However, when that is resolved, I have other plans for this fine sound card for the indefinite future.

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/13/2013 10:24:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOn the Fence

Pros: - Noticeable difference between onboard Audio
- Price

Cons: - Driver Installation is a pain
- Very quiet front panel volume

Error during installation may be related to a different issue, but it says: "Please connect device" or something along those lines. See Other Thoughts.

Other Thoughts: May want to lookup: Xonar EEPROM Failure.

After unplugging and reseating the card, I can still sometimes get the same error during installation that the card is not connected. Granted, the PCI express card does feel that it's to not seat firmly since the card is long and a little pressure on the end of the card may raise it out of the slot.

I have a lingering feeling that I should have bought the PCI express version of the Xonar 7.1 card. I had it on a previous machine and I was very happy with it. I think once I get the driver worked out, I can work around the low FP volume. It's just a little contradicting to have all this stuff about headphone boost. I'd rather not have to plug and unplug cables when I want to switch between speakers and headphones.

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  • Jules M.
  • 12/3/2013 11:09:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic: With the right drivers!

Pros: 1. Price
2. S/PDIF Out
3. Low profile

Cons: 1. Sound

"The drivers even the new drivers from Asus sounded really awful... way to much bass and not enough volume output... the EX features were basically useless."

Search for "UNi Xonar Drivers" you won't be let down.

Other Thoughts: 3rd party drivers made this card awesome which is why I would still recommend buying it for the price.

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  • James S.
  • 11/30/2013 11:18:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: Seems well built, long cord, good sound. I bought this one because my previous headset broke. It looked well built and I was not disappointed.

Cons: Doesn't have quite the low end of my previous headset.

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