This. and the essence is decent if you NEED a card, but it has a build in amp which would might make you have to double amp which is usually avoided when possible. A nice external dac/amp combo will probably last a lot longer too. While some sound cards last years, I feel they are just not are reliable/ the quality is just not there. Another problem is noise coming from the card depending on your rigs internals. An external would not have that problem.
I hate to bash on cards... I use one myself. But I feel like I "need" the 3d audio. Truthfully I may be selling it and just getting a dac though as usually I never even use the features for 3d audio as it kills the overall quality of sound for me.