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ASUS Essence STX II 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Hi-Fi Quality Sound Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Sound card I ever owned 09/21/2015

This review is from: ASUS Essence STX II 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Hi-Fi Quality Sound Card

Pros: I upgraded from the Xonar Xense and could already notice a difference / upgrade in clarity.
Control panel is simple but very easy to configure.
Very easy to install, worked right out of the box

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Contrary to the previous poster, this works and is compatible with Windows 7 X64.
I actually bought this, along with the daughter board from another retailer. Very good investment for audiophiles.
You will not be disappointed with this!!!

ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Intel Socket 2011-3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Worst Experience 07/28/2015

This review is from: ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Intel Socket 2011-3

Pros: Lots of features
A troubleshooter's dream
Good benchmarks with 2 Xeon E5 2640 V3's
Stable after Windows loads

Cons: There is no such thing as a warm boot on this board, Every time you do a reboot, the board powers down and powers back up. There is no setting or exception I could find to change this behavior. Kind of annoying and adds wear and tear to mechanical hard drives

There are a lot of options that cannot be disabled that could be disabled on the Asus X99 desktop boards such as all the Asmedia devices. Also, the description for some of these options in the BIOS are incorrect or do not apply.

Asus has not yet fixed the Asus Sound card issue for this board. When X99 first launched, Asus among others had compatibility issues with Asus sound cards not working. Around October 2014, Asus fixed this in their X99 desktop boards but did not fix it in this board. The only workaround is to put the computer to sleep and wake it up.

Last, but not least, Asus technical support. I called and spoke with a rep who had very to little knowledge on how to support the product. I only owned the board for one day and was considered an expert compared to this guy. Every single question I asked took over 5 minutes to answer because he had to ping his senior engineers for the answer. When I brought up the bug in regards to the Asus sound card, I was told that the motherboard I had was faulty and I should RMA it even though the behavior and workaround I described was the same as the bug described. They pretended that bug never existed even though I provided links and was provided a BETA BIOS to test the fix with their X99 Rive V board.

Other Thoughts: Well Asus, I did exactly what you suggested. I RMA'd your board for a refund. I always thought the horror stories I heard about Asus TS were exaggerated but Asus proved me they weren't.

Intel 750 Series HHHL (CEM2.0) 1.2TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEDMW012T4R5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast little card
Got nearly the advertised read / write throughput
Easy setup in Windows 7 X64

Cons: -Price
-Slow to boot - From what I can tell, when windows loads the drivers during boot it takes about 5+ seconds for the card to initialize (see the LED lights go dark and then come back on)

Other Thoughts: Other than the slow boot process, this is a pretty good card. Would I buy this again? Probably not. Not a lot of real world scenarios where you can easily tell the difference between a standard AHCI SSD vs this card.


Randy L.'s Profile

Display Name: Randy L.

Date Joined: 02/10/07

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 09/18/10
  • Last Review: 09/21/15
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