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ASUS STRIX RAID DLX 8 Channels 44.1K / 48K / 88.2K / 96K / 176.4K / 192KHz PCI Express Interface Sound Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) was 124db which results cleaner audio experience to prevent unwanted background such as static noise, crackling etc.
-Reduces CPU usage
-Easy to switch between headphone and speaker interchangeably
-Lots of great option to adjust lows, mids, and highs frequency via Sonic Studio Pro software
-I like orange and black scheme on control box and I also like white color led that indicate whether it's in speaker or headphone
-You can adjust Headphone Impedance in either Low, Medium, or High.
-Excellent for PC gamers who wants best audio quality experience for PC gaming!

Cons: -It's quite pricey and it's important to get decent speaker and headphone to take advantage of high quality sound card
-Some sound driver is not coded properly and may result unwanted crackling/audio distortion in some games.

Other Thoughts: -It takes quite some time to make some audio enhancement adjustment to get the right frequency response for things like bass, instruments, action movies, games, etc.
-I personally owned ASUS Xonar DX and it was a fantastic sound card for novice PC users, but since I bought Logitech Z333 to replace Z313, I now need to buy better sound card to get the best sound quality experience as possible, and I also bought Logitech G230 Headset which is still superb for stereo mode, even though stereo mode is always going to sound louder and better than multiple surround sound speakers which doesn't mean that more speakers is better. In fact, multiple surround speakers may reduce sample rate, THD (Total Harmonic Distortion), Stereo Crosstalk, SnR, etc., and therefore, surround sound system may reduce audio quality experience than stereo mode.
-From my personal experience, I personally picked FPS profile to get louder bass, and better audio mix for guns, footsteps, character dialogue, music, etc. But nonetheless, there are lots of great profiles to choose to best soothe your human ears. For sound driver, I am currently using 1.1.12 and I believe ASUS software developer still needs a lot of work to get the driver working correctly and also needs to improve firmware update since sometimes control box wasn't detected with high-speed NVMe drive when booting to Windows.

But other than that, I'm glad that I made the right investment to get best gaming sound card on the market and I know it's for everyone. Some people may not hear the quality difference between onboard audio and sound card. But good benefit is that it contains multiple ports to plug in such as front out, toslink, headphone, line-in, surround jack, etc. to support multiple platforms such as home theater system, receiver, speaker, surround system, consoles, PC, etc.

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Phanteks PH-F200SP 200mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding 200mm fan 10/30/2016

This review is from: Phanteks PH-F200SP 200mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition

Pros: -Supports 200mm x 30mm fan
-It fits in most mid-tower and full-tower case
-Excellent airflow
-Quiet
-Not that expensive
-It comes with long screws which is so easy to install or remove the screws with the philip screw driver.

Cons: -Sometimes, if you ran out of 3-Pin DC connector, you must buy Y-Cable adapter to install additional fans to connect 3-pin connector chasis
-It may not fit in mini-itx and micro-atx case

Other Thoughts: -Not that expensive and I do get excellent airflow and it's pretty quiet too!
-Installing additional 200mm fans is not necessary to crank up the fans at 100%. You can also adjust fan speed via BIOS and/or 3rd party software to tune the fan speed until the noise level is comfortable to your ears, at a cost of temperature outcomes.
-All in all, this is one of the best 200mm fans I have ever bought, and also not necessary to have LED in it since I tend to play games or movies most of the time without looking inside my chasis unless I want to ensure that all my DC and PWM fans are spinning, even at idle state.

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Phanteks PH-F200SP 200mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding 200mm fan 10/30/2016

This review is from: Phanteks PH-F200SP 200mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition

Pros: -Supports 200mm x 30mm fan
-It fits in most mid-tower and full-tower case
-Excellent airflow
-Quiet
-Not that expensive
-It comes with long screws which is so easy to install or remove the screws with the philip screw driver.

Cons: -Sometimes, if you ran out of 3-Pin DC connector, you must buy Y-Cable adapter to install additional fans to connect 3-pin connector chasis
-It may not fit in mini-itx and micro-atx case

Other Thoughts: -Not that expensive and I do get excellent airflow and it's pretty quiet too!
-Installing additional 200mm fans is not necessary to crank up the fans at 100%. You can also adjust fan speed via BIOS and/or 3rd party software to tune the fan speed until the noise level is comfortable to your ears, at a cost of temperature outcomes.
-All in all, this is one of the best 200mm fans I have ever bought, and also not necessary to have LED in it since I tend to play games or movies most of the time without looking inside my chasis unless I want to ensure that all my DC and PWM fans are spinning, even at idle state.

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Danny L.'s Profile

Display Name: Danny L.

Date Joined: 04/16/10

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 07/24/13
  • Last Review: 11/20/16
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