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ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 4 years later still happy 07/03/2014

This review is from: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card

Pros: Love the sound from this card. It is one of the three parts that I've transferred from one build to the next for the last three rebuilds. Works great with my Turtle Beach headphones as well as with my Philips 5.1 surround system with a 10" Kicker CVR sub in a 1.5 3ft L-port box tuned to 37 Htz powered by a 500 watt Dayton Audio subwoofer plate amp. Shakes the whole house and sounds crystal clear and loud. Drivers for win 8.1 work flawlessly.

Cons: Drivers for win 7 SUCK! PITA to install! If you are running 7 and do a rebuild that requires a fresh install, you will want to throw this card in the trash or garbage disposal or some other device that is really good at destroying things... then you'll get it to work and probably say that it was worth it for the phenomenal sound it produces.

Other Thoughts: Did I mention that the drivers for win 8.1 are painless and install without a hitch?

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BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The case itself is very sturdy. Layout is unique and well thought out. Fans it came with move a decent amount and are silent. Moved the front 120mm fan to the top and installed BitFenix's 230mm Spectre pro fan in it's place. That fan is incredible as well. Moves a ton of air and is also silent.

I love the look of the case, it's beautifully designed. A bit larger than I expected, but not huge. I only have 2 complaints about this case...

Cons: The case I received has a crack about an inch long on the front edge of the bottom "foot" section. I contacted BitFenix support 5/8/14 and started a support ticket. I am trying to avoid having to RMA the case back to newegg. The automated response from them said I would hear from a support rep within 48 hrs. Five days later I got a response asking for info I had already given them. Another 5 days with no response so I logged in and asked them to respond. Got an email saying:

"A support staff has responded to your ticket #76xxxx with a reply.

We hope this response has sufficiently answered your questions. If not, please do not open another ticket. If needed, a representative will follow-up with you as soon as possible."

Logged in and there was NO reply or resolution.

Other Thoughts: The broken foot issue is apparently a pretty common issue with these cases. If it wasn't for the broken foot, I would be 100% satisfied with this case. However, due to BitFenix apparent lack of concern for customer satisfaction, I am not a happy (BitFenix) customer. Newegg is awesome as always!

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APEX TX-606-U3 Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Tower Computer Case USB3.0 with USB2.0 Adapter Cable 300W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice looking. Light weight. Easy to work in. Has USB 3.0 front panel 19 pin connector. Power supply has just the right amount of connectors for a basic home/office PC. Added a 120 mm fan to the front for improved cooling.

Cons: VERY thin metal used throughout the case, but feels pretty sturdy once HDD and optical drive are installed. Front panel USB 3.0 ports are upside down. HDD and power LEDs are dim to the point that I thought they weren't working until I looked closer. That might be a pro for some people.

Other Thoughts: Overall, for the price, it's a great case. Perfect for a home/office setup. Would be a decent case for a budget gaming case if a different PSU was used.

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Date Joined: 01/31/08

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