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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

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar DGX

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8786
Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
Up to 105dB

Ports

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

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1

Features

Features
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

FlexBass

10 -band Equalizer

27 Environment Effects

GX2.5 Gaming Audio Engine

VocalFX

Physical Spec

Dimensions
6.71" x 2.54" (L x W)
Weight
0.75

Packaging

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

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Mr. S.
  • 12/16/2014 12:42:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSound Card not recognized

Pros: none

Cons: Doesn't work. Pages of support topics to comb through trying to figure out how to fix the "no device detected" error. Solutions involve directly reprogramming the device hardware. What?

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/1/2014 11:34:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks good

Pros: A little over a year ago I bought this soundcard. While I have mainly been using my mobo audio (ALC887) due to setup restrictions, however bar far I prefer this to the ALC887. The control panel software is what makes this card worth it. It allows cool audio features that you simply can't get with a generic sound device.

Cons: That it's 96KHz

Doesn't make too much of a difference but even the ALC887 supports up to 192KHz. Not sure why you have to pay a premium for the extra Hz.

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  • Michael K.
  • 11/21/2014 5:37:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Came as advertised, works well

Cons: N/A - None observed.

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  • Peter B.
  • 9/29/2014 9:17:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDriver Problems

Pros: Works.

Cons: Major Driver problems.

Other Thoughts: I got this card when the on board audio on my HP I7 PC stopped working. I had to fiddle with the driver for hours to get it working....maybe a compatibility issue with the on board card. After that it works ok. Can't tell any differences between the on board.

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  • Nicolas K.
  • 9/11/2014 9:41:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS is the new Creative for sound

Pros: The Xonar line is literally the best sound card line I have ever used (22 years experience).
I have owned the DX (7.1 surround) for years and now the DGX (5.1 surround).
The drivers install fine; the complaining 1-eggers are just dumb.
PCIe 1x is the way to go, and this card is very small!
Sound quality is immediately, noticeably better over an on-board device, for both in- and output.
Cheap and high quality.
I sound at least 2x sexier with the increased mic volume and quality. ;)
This thing can get LOUD with the "AMP" boost. (i personally use pro-gamer setting).

Cons: Heaphone surround mode is a *little* tinny sounding, BUT it is minimized when change the "room size" to a smaller room. I just do not use the function, but I did in the past and just grew accustomed to the tinniness.

Other Thoughts: All of these "tech knowledge - 5" newbs writing these 1-egg reviews are full of tripe. They likely have never worked in the PC field and are self-titled 5s because they "built their own PC that 1 time." I'm not just an enthusiast; I have actually worked as a PC sales and repair technician and have done so as a hobby on the side for years.
Drivers install fine, and do not use a downloader or 3rd party app.
When the device is properly installed, with nothing on/in the PC interfering with it, is mysteriously works PERFECTLY and sounds amazing.
TBH, giving 1 egg due to lack of tech knowledge is almost as bad as voting 1 egg for a DOA. At least the DOA is POSSIBLY the manufacturer's fault.
ASUS is truly becoming the new Creative for sound cards.

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  • David B.
  • 9/7/2014 9:42:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card

Pros: Easy to install, drivers are avalible easily online and do not require 3rd party software like some people said. It even worked without drivers on my asus sabertooth board, but needed the drivers to go to 5.1.
This is the first time I have purchased a dedicated sound card and what a difference.
To the people who said there is no notacible increase over integrated sound, do yourself a favour and get some good headphones and switch the sound channels from 2 to 8 with the asus software, otherwise no, you will not get better quality with just 2 channel output. Also it may be a 5.1 card, but you can enable "virtual 7.1", which is a nice touch for people who like to edit speaker placement and volume for that perfect surround sound.
Also if you use headphones the built in headphone amp is a must have, and it has 3 different settings so it will match your headphone resistance.
It switches easily from front to back outputs using the software (although some people seem to not like it, it gets the job done and isn't a memory hog.)

Cons: I had to bend the bracket to get it to screw in properly. I know many people have even gone so far as to RMA the card for this reason, but a little straigtining and I can get it to fit anywhere, and I have put this on different MoBo's and different cases.

Other Thoughts: Remember that PCI-E can fit in a PCI slot if your VGA covers up your only PCI-E slot, like on my sabertooth 990.
I kinda wish I had seen the PCI verson and saved myself some money, but this card is more adaptable to any build.

My other gaming friends still think the onboard sound card is fine. It is not. Get a dedicated card to game with, you won't be dissapointed.

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  • Mathew B.
  • 9/5/2014 3:21:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell Priced!

Pros: Great price
Good sound
Headphone amp for the bigger cans
Can decode and reproduce all audio formats for way cheaper than my dedicated DAC/AMP

Cons: The ASUS drivers aren't the best, definitely get the UNI drivers online, just google UNI and those drivers will make your card much better.

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  • John W.
  • 9/5/2014 9:28:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuite decent and affordable sound card

Pros: Easily installed (if you have even a modicum of PC hardware knowledge.) Open your case, plug it into any available PCIe slot, connect the front-panel cable header (if your case is so equipped,) close case, boot, install drivers and voila, sound! OK, there are a few minor steps omitted, but that is the gist of it.

Provides good, clear sound at a very affordable price, especially if you can score one on sale, or less preferably, with MIR. I do hate MIRs, though.

Should lighten the load on system resources by disabling integrated motherboard audio, but any sound card will provide this benefit.

Appears to be well made with good-quality PCB and components.

Windows utility provides a multitude of settings and options to help tailor your sound to whatever preferences you may desire.

Well-packaged, should survive all but the most brutal handling during transport.

Cons: Honestly, I cannot discern any real difference between this card and the integrated motherboard audio. This could be due to less-than-excellent speakers/headphone, but the fact remains, nonetheless.

The Windows utility is functional enough, but rather vague and confusing regarding all the various options and settings. There is no real built-in help, you must reference the manual or online PDF for clarification on a great deal of settings. Even then, the distinctions between some of the settings remains fuzzy and you're uncertain which might be best for different scenarios.

Mail-In-Rebate (at this time.) I despise MIRs (although I always redeem them,) I would rather have the choice of getting 1/2 the MIR amount off of the purchase price than go through the rebate hassles for the full amount.

Other Thoughts: I was forced to purchase a sound card since the rear-panel jacks on my motherboard inexplicably quit working one day. The front-panel ports still worked just fine, only the rear panel was affected -- and I didn't want to stare at an audio cable perpetually snaking out the front and back to my speakers -- so I opted to disable the onboard audio and go this route.

Mind you, I haven't owned a dedicated sound card in years, actually, more like decades, instead settling for the integrated motherboard audio, which has consistently gotten better over time.

This is a fine sound card for my needs, I do quite a bit of gaming but don't need audiophile quality for that. I wish I could say the sound from this dedicated peripheral blows away that of the integrated audio, but I simply cannot clearly tell one from the other.

I still hate MIRs.

My simplest advice: If you need a dedicated audio card, this should do the trick. If you can rely on your (functional) integrated audio, you probably won't be missing anything.

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  • Kevin P.
  • 8/31/2014 12:40:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood for headphones, bad for gaming

Pros: Build in headphone amp makes my overly expensive headphones sound great - I was finally able to tell a background noise that I thought was static was actually rain!

Cons: Would not auto detect when headphones were plugged into the front of my case, although the built in sound on my motherboard had no problem. Biggest con - I encountered frequent crashes in about ten games. Because the sound would mess up before the crash in one of the games I finally figured out that the software does not play well with games. Most I was able to make work by disabling one of the features through the software, but some would not run, even if audio were forced through the built in realtek, or HDMI on my video card. It took fully removing the card to get fall out 3 to run without crashing. Weird, right? The card is sitting on my desk in a static proof bag until I can find someone that doesn't game and might want it.

Other Thoughts: Not bad for the price, first dedicated sound card I have purchased since a soundblaster value long, long ago.

Great if you have nice headphones!

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  • Chandler S.
  • 8/29/2014 5:30:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible experience

Pros: Absolutely garbage.

Cons: This will be my first NEGATIVE review in my entire tech purchase history. NOT only will I ever buy an ASUS product again I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND ASUS to anyone, EVER!

A) You have to install 3rd party software to even download the driver for the lousy Audio Card.

B) I would not doubt myself to be an experience tech/computer geek, but this card is completely garbage. I installed via Manual, STEP BY STEP and the install wizard still cannot find the card.

C) I am beyond frustrated. As a fast and reliable buyer, this is COMPLETELY unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: I am NEVER buying one of your products again, I hope EVERYONE sees this review. I have even bought LESS desired brand name products that PERFORM better than this WORTHLESS card.

A) RETHINK your INSANELY stupid driver installation process.

B) PEOPLE please consider my review, DO NOT. I REPEAT. DO NOT BUY AN ASUS SOUND CARD. Spend more money for a better brand.

I am buying a creative sound card, bar none. Asus I am extremely disappointed....I can't even describe this frustration.......................

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