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Pros: Sounds amazing once setup properly and crisp
No issues with music or games once updated the drivers from the CD install
See's my Turtle Beach DX12 DSS2 receiver just fine
Works in Windows 8 X64 no problems
THX TruSound ProStudio
Dolby Digital Live
Optical Out and In
Awesome Red LED
Cons: If you consider having to actually taking a few mins to set it up a con and not just slap in and poof. Reminds me of how hardware use to work in the 80s-mid/late 90s when you had to actually make sure it was set up right. So not really a con
Other Thoughts: I got this at Best Buy for $69 upgrading from my on board RealTek ALC892 sound. At first cause I didn't read what it said I didn't get sound from my Optical out but after face palming and 3mins on Google and then looking at the settings for Dolby Digital Live fixed not hard.
I got this card cause I have the Turtle Beach DX12 DSS2 Headset. While my on board sound supports 7.1 HD (yippie?) it doesn't support Dolby Digital Live so you get "Virtual" Surround which sounds OK but after configuring this card properly which only took a couple mins after I realized I didn't enable a setting. Then I took my time setting up the sound settings and such to my liking the difference was amazing. This isn't like a "normal" plug and play card and poof instant perfect 5.1 sound! You might have to spend a few mins getting the settings to how you like. Gasp. Why it's $150 here not sure maybe Best Buy was moving stock out for the new Z cards.
In point if you want a good sound card and take your time to actually config it and have a Gaming Headset/Speaker Set up it's a awesome little sound card.
Haven't used the BarMic it came with since my camera has a built in one that works just fine.
AsRock A-55 Pro3 Motherboard (motherboard name is not hyphenated but apparently newegg thought I was censoring a cuss word)
AMD A-8 3870K 3GHz (Unlocked but not OCed)
8GB G.Skill DDR3
8GB PNY DDR3 (yea I know two dif brands but once again was on sale)
eVGA GeForceGTX660 Super Clocked 2GB GDDR5 (not OCed yet)
Sound Blaster Recon3D Professional Fatal1ty
Turtle Beach DX12 DSS2 Headset
WD 1TB 10KRPM HDD
Windows 8 Enterprise x64