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ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
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4 out of 5 eggs Quite decent and affordable sound card 09/05/2014

This review is from: ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio 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.

SAMSUNG 16GB microSDHC Flash Card (Bulk Pack) Model MB-MSAGBBD1
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4 out of 5 eggs Great microSD cards 08/01/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 16GB microSDHC Flash Card (Bulk Pack) Model MB-MSAGBBD1

Pros: Great price, very affordable.

Easy upgrade from older 2, 4 or 8GB microSD cards.

No compatibility issues so far.

Cons: Not the fastest cards available (Class 6 vs. Class 10)

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend these for dedicated cameras (DSLR or point-n-shoot) due to the speed, but for other devices that don't require a high-speed transfer (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) these are just fine.

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5 out of 5 eggs Good cable 05/30/2014


Pros: Works as intended.

Nice blue color.

Connectors seem firmly attached.

Great price.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: If you need a long, functional and colorful Ethernet cable and don't want to spend a lot, this is for you.


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