hi i want to buy one new soundcard and i am between Asus Strix Raid DLX and Asus Essence STX II 7.1 and sound BlasterX AE-5 ? i dont know which to buy? what is the difference between Asus Strix Raid DLX and Asus Essence STX II 7.1 ?sound BlasterX AE-5 ? and which is the best? i want the soundcard for games, music and movies so which soundcard are you suggested me to buy? Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? sound BlasterX AE-5 ? i am playing games ,, music and movies/ in music i am hearing everything trance house all the kind of music .. i am playing all the kind of games././ WHAT IS THE DIFERENCE BETWEEN Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1?? and sound BlasterX AE-5 ? . someone said that Sound BlasterX AE-5 has pretty much everything, regardless if you want to have both speakers and headphones and it has one of the best headphone outputs of any sound card. https://www.overclockers.co.uk/crea...aming-sound-card-70sb174000000-sc-104-cl.html Essence STX II is built around very old PCI sound chip used through PCI-e bridge chip. So hope for driver supports relies also on C-Media's interest on supporting that old sound chip.... With C-Media not even offering Win10 drivers directly: https://www.cmedia.com.tw/support/download_center/10 Also its headphone output is based onto TPA6120 with typical 10 ohm output impedance making it technically not greatest for low impedance headphones. While AE-5 has 1 ohm output impedance quaranteeing ideal damping factor and insignificant frequency response changes with any headphone. Neither is Dolby Heaphone of those Xonars that great for headphone gaming. Strix Raid DLX has exactly same TPA6120 and 10 ohm output impedance losing to SBX AE-5. Though compared to facepalm level 100 ohm output impedance of lower Strix Raid Pro/Soar it would be stellar. (those are surely short circuit protected in case you would like to jam iron nail into headphone output...) also someone said that STX 2: + Good quality stuff (hardware) +/- Used to have good 3rd-party driver development. Look below. - Driver support is deader than dead as C-Media dropped the chipset from their driver development. - Some bugs still exist, like the banshee scream. Had the banshee scream on my Xonar D1 which uses same C-Media chip, and people like totally dubbed had it too. Strix soundcards: - Quality not known as few people own the card and there are no measurements to look at. Most people brand it as garbage card because of how junky the drivers were at launch (and gaming branded stuff is usually perceived as garbage if not proven otherwise). - Driver support is alive-ish, but no 3rd-party driver development. - Too expensive, Creative AE-5 is in the same price bracket for this reasons i dont know which to buy but i see a lot of negatives for the soundcard from asus. i dont want to do one mistake and to buy one soyndcard which will not be good. for this reason i came to you for to help me and to make one decision./ and i ask my apologizes for my english are not very good so which to buy Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?