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This review is from: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: The Xonar DX is a balanced card, and has good value for the money. It is not strictly a "gamer's" or an "audiophile's" card, and has a good mix of features for both purposes.
It is an amplified card with EAX, Dolby, and 7.1 capabilities, so you will not have any problems getting plenty of ear splitting decibels out of it, and it produces clean and crisp sound. With high end speakers or headphones such as my Sennheiser Audiophile 555s and even my HD380Pros it sounds amazing. An added luxury is the ability to attach your computer chases’ standard front audio to the card, giving you easy access to the system without having to buy anything. The Xonar DX uses standard Intel HD audio front panel pin-outs, and is set up for ease of access.
Overall it is a great card, and quite frankly, ND annihilates the competition in its price range. If you are shopping around for a good all around sound card, the Xonar DX is a good option to consider. Overall my I have been very happy with this card.
Cons: The Xonar DX is not the "best card" for a single purpose. It sounds great, but not as good for games as the ASUS Xonar Essence ST or STX, or at recording or listening to music as M-AUDIO's Audiophile line. If you are looking for a single role, multipurpose card the DX is OK but not the best.
Other Thoughts: Overall, the Xonar DX is a great card in an affordable price range. It takes a balanced approach to sound and is a great choice for overall quality. If you are looking for a balanced mid-end sound card, the Xonar DX is a good choice.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Gran Turismo 5
Pros: Great Graphics, good car selection, nice controls, and a high degree of customizability.
Cons: PS3 exclusive title; game play can get repetitive.
Other Thoughts: Overall GT5 is a great racing game that provides a decent challenge, and immerses the player in a highly realistic world. If racing games are your genre, and you own a PS3, GT5 will make a great addition to your game library.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Going from 4 to 8GB of RAM was a great decision, and this RAM runs fast and stable.
Other Thoughts: Some systems underclock this and other manufacturer's RAM. This is a not a RAM issue, it is a BIOS issue. If you find that your system is underclocking your RAM you may need too hand set the timings, CAS, RAS, and tRAS.
Another thing to note is stability and voltage. When buying RAM, remember to check your manufacturer's motherboard spec sheet. Look for compatible RAM nomenclatures with the correct voltages.