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oh, thanks!

ill try to do that, does not sound complicated, excpet the BIOS part, but i think i can pull it off.

if i run into any trouble ill come here for help.
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My dad has the same card, except it's the STX version, which is the PCI-e version. They are the same card, the only difference is that one is PCI and the other is PCI-e.

However, that difference does lead to a few things regarding power. The ST (PCI version) takes all the power it needs directly from the PCI slot, while the STX (PCIe version) need additional power from the power supply. For the STX, all you need is a normal 4 pin molex connector from the PSU and attach it to the side facing the front of the case.

As for drivers, you first need to uninstall the integrated drivers. Do that from the Programs and Features list. Afterwards, I would run CCleaner to clean the registry. Then reboot and go to your BIOS and go to the page where it lists all integrated components. Disable the onboard audio from this page. Now boot into Windows and make sure that there are no more traces left of the integrated drivers.

At this point it would be good to download the latest drivers from the ASUS website. The drivers on the disc are usually always older than the current drivers.

Here is the link to the download site:
http://support.asus.com/download/dow...Language=en-us

Now shut down the computer and put the card in the slot and connect the molex connector from the PSU. Once everything is securely connected, you can boot into Windows again. You will get the found new hardware wizard. Just cancel that and install the drivers from the zip/rar file that you downloaded earlier. When installing, the install will always ask you to confirm that you have connected the additonal molex connector to the card. Once you confirm, it will start to install.

Now you have the drivers installed. You may need to reboot when the install is done. Now all you have to do is go to your sound options and make sure that the default devices are set to your new card.
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My dad has the same card, except it's the STX version, which is the PCI-e version. They are the same card, the only difference is that one is PCI and the other is PCI-e.

However, that difference does lead to a few things regarding power. The ST (PCI version) takes all the power it needs directly from the PCI slot, while the STX (PCIe version) need additional power from the power supply. For the STX, all you need is a normal 4 pin molex connector from the PSU and attach it to the side facing the front of the case.

As for drivers, you first need to uninstall the integrated drivers. Do that from the Programs and Features list. Afterwards, I would run CCleaner to clean the registry. Then reboot and go to your BIOS and go to the page where it lists all integrated components. Disable the onboard audio from this page. Now boot into Windows and make sure that there are no more traces left of the integrated drivers.

At this point it would be good to download the latest drivers from the ASUS website. The drivers on the disc are usually always older than the current drivers.

Here is the link to the download site:
http://support.asus.com/download/dow...Language=en-us

Now shut down the computer and put the card in the slot and connect the molex connector from the PSU. Once everything is securely connected, you can boot into Windows again. You will get the found new hardware wizard. Just cancel that and install the drivers from the zip/rar file that you downloaded earlier. When installing, the install will always ask you to confirm that you have connected the additonal molex connector to the card. Once you confirm, it will start to install.

Now you have the drivers installed. You may need to reboot when the install is done. Now all you have to do is go to your sound options and make sure that the default devices are set to your new card.
This deserves a +REP.

BTW: there is a slight contradiction (i think) where marked bold. The ST version also needs aditional power.

anywyas, many many thanks. ill report back when i get the card and ill try to do this.
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While the STX/ST are great all in one's for the price, they still can't match up with separate DAC and AMP setup.
If you are going to use this solely for music, you can just get a Musiland Monitor 02 US with a headphone amp (I don't use the STX headphone AMP because the line out is higher quality).
 
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While the STX/ST are great all in one's for the price, they still can't match up with separate DAC and AMP setup.
If you are going to use this solely for music, you can just get a Musiland Monitor 02 US with a headphone amp (I don't use the STX headphone AMP because the line out is higher quality).


So the "Musiland Monitor 02 US" and a good Headphone Amp, would have been a better choice?

I will look into that, but i will probably just keep the ST card. But i will learn from this.

ill definitely look into it.

(this is just like when i bought the Asus Rampage II Gene)
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This deserves a +REP.

BTW: there is a slight contradiction (i think) where marked bold. The ST version also needs aditional power.

anywyas, many many thanks. ill report back when i get the card and ill try to do this.
Glad to help!

I was not aware that the ST needed extra power. Well, you learn something every day
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There's really no difference between PCI and PCI-E sound card. Sound processing doesn't take that much bandwidth. The only reason for the difference is because of unavailable slots on mobo(i.e. graphics card blocks PCI slot).
Actually the PCI ST has jitter protection while the PCIE STX doesnt. then the ST ver can accept the H6 daughter board while the STX doesnt. Thats the main diffrents.
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Actually the PCI ST has jitter protection while the PCIE STX doesnt. then the ST ver can accept the H6 daughter board while the STX doesnt. Thats the main diffrents.
Is it known when the daughter board is going to be released? and what type of connection it will have?

anyways there is no way i can fit it on my MoBo, but im curious.
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I know the daughter board is out in AU, but its not out in the usa i dont know when it will be tho. It will uses the same pins that the Xonar HDAV1.3 has. The ST has those same pins.
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Ok, ive just realised i could have screwed up (fortunatley i have not opened the card, it has not even arrived yet)

does this card NEED a 64bit pci slot?

My mobo has a 32bit pci slot only.





EDIT: a member has this same card on a Asus Rampage II


which only has a PCI 32 bit...

am i missing something?

if someone could clarify...
Edited by BreakDown - 2/10/10 at 9:09am
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