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I have the Asus Xonar DG. It's a good card but some games just seem to give me issues. Maybe it's the games I dunno. I have read it's not that great of a gaming card though, primarily it's for music. So is there an good card I could upgrade to for under $50? It will need to be a decent upgrade over the DG.
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My Xonar DG does pretty well gaming with my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones. You might try http://brainbit.wordpress.com/category/uni-xonar/ and see if it changes your mind.
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^^This. I'll be watching this thread as I basically have the same question.
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I actually use those drivers.. The card is great with headphones, it's when I'm using 5.1 that I'm unsatisfied with it.
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My Xonar DG does pretty well gaming with my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones. You might try http://brainbit.wordpress.com/category/uni-xonar/ and see it changes your mind.

i do use the unified drivers, op, with the same card and it did help me some. they seem to be an improvement overall from the junk asus puts out.
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i do use the unified drivers, op, with the same card and it did help me some. they seem to be an improvement overall from the junk asus puts out.

I agree.. I did notice an improvement as well but I still don't think it's what it could / should be.
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My Xonar DG does pretty well gaming with my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones. You might try http://brainbit.wordpress.com/category/uni-xonar/ and see if it changes your mind.

+rep, definitely gonna have to try this out. Will I still be able to utilize the headphone amp settings though?
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If it was me, I would probably spend a little more to get a decent sound card. You can get the Asus STX for about $120 used most of the places now. And you would be done with everything at that point. Depending on what speakers/headphones you had would be the next step. Don't get me wrong the sub $50 bucks sounds cards are decent but that is like putting a low-end power supply in a system with multiple gpus. And wonder why it goes "Snap, Crackle and Pop" under a load. You could just rerun the os is push comes to shove, depending on how long it has been on your drive. Thanks.
Edited by KILLER_K - 10/17/12 at 7:02am
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If it was me, I would probably spend a little more to get a decent sound card. You can get the Asus STX for about $120 used most of the places now. And you would be done with everything at that point. Depending on what speakers/headphones you had would be the next step. Don't get me wrong the sub $50 bucks sounds cards are decent but that is like putting a low-end power supply in a system with multiple gpus. And wonder why it goes "Snap, Crackle and Pop" under a load. You could just rerun the os is push comes to shove, depending on how long it has been on your drive. Thanks.

What would you suggest with these:

Headphones: Sennheiser HD202 II
Speakers: Klipsch Promedia 5.1

I have entertained the idea of new headphones but it really doesn't seem like I would gain to much for under $50-75. The HD202's sound pretty good to me. Maybe I'm just cheap like that wink.gif
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+rep, definitely gonna have to try this out. Will I still be able to utilize the headphone amp settings though?

Yes, you'll have to open Xonar Audio Center (under UNi Xonar Audio in start menu) manually, if you're using the Low DPC Latency version (the best sounding) then reboot after making your changes. Just opening Xonar Audio Center increases the latency significantly, rebooting we'll lower it back down while keeping your settings. Make sure you uninstall your current Xonar Audio Center before installing the new driver. And btw I got a false positive after downloading with Norton Internet Security.
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