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Pros: runs with the onboard audio if you have one.
Crisp surround sound and music for gaming.
5.1 surround sound driver support
surprisingly good sound for the price.
Cons: no windows 10 drivers on installation CD
occasional distortion in bass if it is cranked up
Overall Review: I will start with the con. If you have windows 10 and you bought this card, discard the CD. It has NO driver support for Windows 10, and windows 10 doesn't recognize the new hardware once you put it in. Also don't bother going to the media website on the CD (Cmedia), they don't support drivers past Windows 8. You have to go to the product vendor site (StarTech.com) and type in the part number on your card or box to get the right drivers. Once you download the drivers and install them, then you can do the real work
Once I got the drivers loaded and completed the installation, i was amazed at the crisp, clean sound for a card so cheap. It handled my creative 5.1 surround sound speakers excellently, and the music was theater quality. i watched a movie with this card in and it sounded almost as good as it would being in a theater. And using this card for the games Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and The sims 4, i was impressed. However, too much bass makes a bit of distortion; i would recommend keeping the bass at baseline or slightly higher at the most. This is definitely a card i would recommend for the budget conscious once you get past the pain of installing the drivers. In fact, this card also runs my Gaming rig.
Pros: My old Sound Blaster FX somethingorother (8 years old) finally bit the dirt. So I switched to integrated sound on the motherboard and the sound would come out garbled. I'm studying for a certification and a garbled instructor is useless. So, I was forced to come to Newegg and get a new sound card. I saw this card right away and it had 5 eggs from all 6 reviewers who bought it. Kind of hard to ignore 5 egg products. Mind you I have a $15 pair of cheapo speakers, but all I need to do is hear sound. Nothing fancy like gamers or video freaks. Just sound. I pluged it in, installed the driver, restart, and I was instantly blown away by the sound quality! I never expected a $18 sound card do what this thing does! Supports front speakers and back speakers. And $15 cheapo speakers.
Cons: I had to install the card. Grrrrrr . . .
Overall Review: If your sound needs are minimal, this card will put a smile on your ears!
Pros: Had an older Crystal card that wasn't recognized by Win7 and had to use the on-board in my Dell Optiflex745. Unfortunately the on-board is not a duplex device, limiting recording abilities. I also wanted to install more speakers, also not feasible. This card fixed both issues with no problems what so ever.
Simple install, easy upgrade, nice results.
Cons: NOT THE CARDS FAULT..., my system uses a ribbon connector that was not compatible with the pin arrangement on the card for "Front of System" jacks. Be aware of this on some Dell systems.
I can live without this ability, most could.
Overall Review: It's a simple card for fixing simple issues, keep your expectations reasonable.
Pros: It works with Win 10 Pro 64 bit (drivers are available from Startech.com)
Cons: Device manager sees it. When trying to install the driver it keeps saying..plug it in. Driver package on-line, same result.
CD has set-up file only and users are unable to load drivers manually.
More time, effort and cost to return than to buy another brand.
Overall Review: Would I recommend...NO.
Would I buy again...Absolutely NO.
What would I do with this product...Discontinue it.
Pros: 5 minute install, working great
Pros: Low profile bracket included. Easy driver installation. Good sound quality.
Overall Review: This sound card is working just fine in an HP system running Windows 7 Home Premium. No issues.
Pros: Biggest pro for me was that it was a low-profile card with bracket included. I couldn't find any other internal card that would work in my low-profile media PC. Sounds good for watching TV shows.
Cons: Only problem I've ran into was my driver stopped working one day and I had to reinstall. After that, it worked fine.