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Saturday, April 11, 2020
This card is absolutely insane – the specs say it will drive up to 600 ohm headphones which I thought sounded a bit overstated considering how hard it is to find the right equipment to drive a headset at this impedance. Wow, not overstated at all! This card drives my Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 ohm as well or better than most of my Class A amps. In fact, it has the power to overdrive this headset. Plug in a set of consumer grade cans with your standard 20-60 ohm and it becomes clear what this card is capable of. add to that sample rates that are not available in most DAC’s under $2000 makes this a very wallet friendly option for a hifi desk audio set up.
NONE - Assuming you are getting this card for the right reasons. If you have complaints it is because you did not do enough research and got it for the wrong reasons.
This is not a card for gamers, this is a card for audio lovers looking for the best possible stereo (2 channel) audio from their desktop. Do your research before buying, this card is nothing short of breathtaking when paired with a well designed hi-hi setup, and even better when driving high end headphones. If you’re looking for multi channel this is not the card for you, you will be disappointed. Absolute must: DOWNLOAD THE EVGA SOFTWARE – and watch some videos so you know how to use it! You will be very disappointed if you use the card without the proper software. If your happy with your on-board audio and budget gaming focused PC audio set up, stick with it and don’t bother with this card. If you are looking to integrate your PC into a hires audiophile grade listening experience by combining it with good quality amplification and high end speakers, or if you are looking for a dedicated high end headphone driver, this is the answer you have been looking for!
Friday, January 03, 2020
This card is great for stereo music listening, and the Virtual gaming 3D was quite good.
Despite the back of the box claiming it will output 5.1, this card actually does not really output it's own surround. AC3 encoding is unavailable on this card. The TOSLINK optical output will only do passthrough 5.1, which is not the same.
Excellent sound quality, but it's baffling why it's designers would not include a basic (and relatively easy to implement) AC3 live encoder (such as DDL or DTSlive).
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Friday, March 01, 2019
The card is a fantastic piece of hardware - it does what it promised it would do. The sound is crisp and clear, noticeably better than the onboard sound on my motherboard (Asus Maximus X Hero)
This card requires a SATA power connector. It isn't that you won't have enough power to drive it, it is just that using this card will require you to run a SATA rail to a place that otherwise has no business with a SATA rail, absolutely ruining otherwise crisp cable management. For some reason, Spotify does not like playing with this card. Still working on figuring out why that might be. It isn't necessarily that I think this card will revolutionize streaming music (which tends to be lower bitrate anyway), just that I haven't been able to test it at all.
When I plugged my headphones (that cost far too much money) into this sound card (that similarly cost far too much money) there was actually a noticeable difference between it and my motherboard sound. The RGB lighting isn't aggressive and can be disabled or tuned to your liking, which is nice -- though I haven't looked at syncing it with other RGB parts from other manufacturers. I don't like gaudy, glowing builds so I am not the person to check on these things.