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I had a problem with more than one of that particular model board losing the onboard sound. For the price you got it, you cant go wrong anyway. it does sound a little better, at least it did to me, But thats all so subjective. Heres a read on it if your interested.

http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/asus-xonar-dg-audio-card/
   
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,,,But thats all so subjective...

There is the key phrase. That's why I suggested on buying on a trial basis. Everyone has different tastes.
     
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post #13 of 14
At $12, you can't beat that deal. The Realtek ALC882 isn't bad, but a Xonar DG is better. I made the same upgrade a few years ago, with pretty much the same impression as you. You can get even better quality sound out of your DG if you use the UNi third-party drivers: http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/ ASUS put several performance and quality compromises into the official drivers so as to avoid any potential compatibility issues, no matter how rare they might be. The UNi driver set removes those compromises and lets the C-Media 8786 chip and onboard DACs work to their full capabilities.
     
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If you are using cheap speakers or headset,onboard sound is fine,if you are using decent speakers or headsets it would be wise to invest in a good sound card
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