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Pros: Daughter card. Crystal clear sound. Stable. Plug n Play in Linux and Windows. Price is reasonable. No Pop noise. Excellent audio controller.
Cons: Not a huge con but the instructions are not correct if I recall correctly... this may confuse a novice. It just made me chuckle.
Other Thoughts: I installed on my new test rig which is a mATX SuperMicro server board that has no integrated sound. Not sure why some users are having issues on Windows 8. It worked on both the evaluation versions of W8 and W8.1, automatically recognizing it. eComStation (OS/2) automatically recognized it as universal audio driver and produced admirable sound. Linux MInt (Ubuntu and Debian versions) worked out of the gate, no configuration required. I had to configure it in Arch and Slackware but that was expected but super easy for a regular Linux user.
I tried the software on the Windows side, it was fine if your into that but I find it unnecessary but still a value since it's offered for free. Some users like finite control and it does offer that and seemed to be stable and use very little resources.
I prefer VIA over Realtek as they seem to work better for me on legacy operating systems. I still develop or update applications for some older OS's like OS/2 or Slackware Linux. I love to listen to internet radio as I work. This was just the ticket for me and the sound is way better than integrated when hooked up to my Edifier S550 system. Amazing clear audio.
Pros: Low power. Quiet. Resolution. PCI x1. smooth video stream and playback.
Cons: None for my intended use
Other Thoughts: I decided to recycle my (server) Super Micro X8SIL-O, Celeron G1101 dual core, 8 GB of ram to the grandkids room. They use it for homework, videos, movies, and web surfing. The onboard Matrox wasn't cutting it so I installed this even though it runs at half the rated speed due to the x1 slot. Works perfect for their needs. They love the new speed of the system.
Running Edubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) with the latest NVIDIA Linux driver.
They were using an old (going on 14 years) AMD Socket 462 (socket A) that I sold to a guy looking for a stable retro gaming PC.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: Works well with MS Office. Plug & Play for the most part. Easy install. Visually appealing.
Cons: Slows down noticeably after all the service packs and updates are applied. Price.
Other Thoughts: What can you say, it's Windows and better to install 7 than 8 on a desktop. Hardware recognition is decent but questionable. You may want to investigate manufactures drivers prior to installation.READ FULL REVIEW