Hi I've seen a previous thread in Head-Fi about Asus Essence STX being modified and 'degraded' in sound quality because of capacitors/op amps being swapped for cheaper ones.
I was thinking of buying a used Asus essence STX and therefore hesitant as there are chances that someone may have bought the same Asus Essence STX card from fp-outlet which are circulating between potentially many owners.
I've read some ways to see if the card is legit is from the colour of the capacitors:
Apparently the ones with violet around them are real like these:
However, this is a picture from the ASUS official website:
and one from Technic 3D:
These are the ones from fp-outlet:
So question is how do I distinguish if the Asus Essence STX is unmodified?
Edited by idkwho - 12/7/13 at 10:17am