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This review is from: ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
Pros: 1. Price
2. S/PDIF Out
3. Low profile
Cons: 1. Sound
"The drivers even the new drivers from Asus sounded really awful... way to much bass and not enough volume output... the EX features were basically useless."
Search for "UNi Xonar Drivers" you won't be let down.
Other Thoughts: 3rd party drivers made this card awesome which is why I would still recommend buying it for the price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board is simple... It's low profile allows for a wide array of after marked fans. Military grade components allow for peace of mind while overclocking.
The BIOS is the best I've ever seen.
I was able to install a "Noctua NH-D14" with no problems using "Mushkin Enhanced Blackline" ram. Just remember to install all your cables before you drop the cpu cooler in.
Cons: I didn't do a lot of reading about the "TUF THERMAL ARMOR" basically you need a downward flowing cpu heat sink fan to push air under the armor.
I didn't want to drop an egg off but this fact should have been more obvious.
Please don't let this discourage any potential buyers... this problem is easy to fix. The board allows you to mount a 50mm x 50mm x 10mm assist fan right bellow the cpu if you decided to go with an after marked fan that doesn't push air down.
"The 50mm fan is not Included"
Currently I don't have the assist fan installed and my temps are just fine.
Idle MB Temps: 35C to 39C
Pegged: 40C to 51C <-- using prime95
The highest MB temp I've see so far is 55C on the "PCIE-1" sensor while playing games.
MB: Asus Sabertooth Rev:3
CPU: Intel i7 2600k, OC 4500
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 cpu cooler
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 1600
Video: Dual EVGA GTX 570
Case: LIAN LI PC-X500FX
Pros: Low profile ram that will allow you to keep the heat spreader on even if you have a "Noctua NH-D14".
XMP profile worked perfect with my Intel i7 2600k overclocked to 4500.
Cons: NONEREAD FULL REVIEW