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Item#: N82E16829132010
ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card
  • PCI Express x1 7.1 Channels
  • 124dB SNR Rating
  • Built in Headphone Amp
  • 3.5mm and 6.3mm Headphone Compatibility
  • $189.99
  • $179.89
  • Save: $10.10 (5%)
  • $149.89 after $30.00 rebate card
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)


this soundcard produces a clear, clean, deep detailed sound. the card is designed for specifically music. But I found it to be really enjoyable for both music and games. the sound control center panel is easy to setup and use. It hasn't given me any issues at all so far.


I was shockingly disappointed at first after proper installation in Wind7. Because Wind7 didn't recognize the device and there was no response from the card. Finally, I figured it all out by downloading the drivers for Wind7 from asus website right after installing the card. the cd included only had drivers for vista and xp. the worse was the downloaded driver was in a compressed format file and I had to use winzip to open it up then install it.

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I upgraded to this soundcard from asus xonar dx. from my experience with the two cards, they both use the same driver version and the same sound control center panel. if you can't afford the stx, the dx sounds almost as good as the stx.

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