Joined on 11/22/05
Great for music
Pros: I’m not a gamer, so this review is for listing to music. I use Klipsch ProMedia speakers that sounded rather flat using the onboard Realtek chip. In the past I’ve used Turtle Beach sound cards on other systems and knew they gave better sound that the onboard chips so I decided to look for a newer card that had support for Windows 7. I picked the Xoner DS because it fit my price range, was PCI which was the only slot I had available and used the new ASUS AV200 chip. It turned out to be a nice card. It has really good sound and opens up the ProMedia speakers well. I’m really liking it a lot.
Cons: I’m running Windows 7 Ultra, so I downloaded and installed the latest drivers, ASUS-DS-PCI_DS_091126_7_12_8_1777_W73264. However when I leave the PC running and it goes into sleep/hibernate mode it won’t wake up the next day, the system hangs and I have to reboot the box. Bummer as I run a Windows Home Server system that backs up this PC every night and can’t anymore. It all worked fine until I installed the new sound card and drivers. The only remedy I found was when I’m done working on the PC I have to go into Device Manager and disable the sound card and it doesn’t hang overnight. However the next day I have to re-enable the sound card to use it. Kind of a hassle, but a work-around I guess.
Overall Review: I also had a similar hang in Windows 7 last fall with a video in card. Turned out to be the driver of that card and a new version of the driver was released in late November that fixed it. Now I’m having the same problem with this card. Since the drivers are new, I wonder if that’s the problem also. Hopefully there will be a newer version out that will take care of this one.
Just a bad drive
Cons: Every thing. It just plain doesn't work.
Overall Review: You can write files to the drive. But reading them is hit or miss, and most of the time it's miss. File corruption a plenty. I even tried to format it with Memorex software and still it doesn't work right. Buy something else not from Memorex!
Re-Review of Great for Music
Pros: I'm just updating my previous review. I didn't see where I could edit my first one so I'm adding more info here. I just solved my sleep/hibernate hang problem and thought I’d pass on the info. Initially I had installed, uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers a couple of time to no avail. Then I decided to swap the card with another to put it in a different PCI slot. I also uninstalled the drivers prior to the move and reinstalled after the move. That took care of the hang problem. I’m happy now! All is good.
Cons: None anymore.
Overall Review: Nice card for the price.