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Sound Card

Asus - Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 kHz Sound Card

( 4.9 Average / 16 Ratings )




Part #

Xonar Essence STX
(or) 90-YAA0C0-0UAN00Z
(or) 90-YAA0C0-0AAN0BZ




PCI-Express x1



Digital Audio


Signal-To-Noise Ratio

124 dB

Sample Rate

192 kHz

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mack_au 11 points 49 months ago
from completed build Forever Red & Black

This is the best headphone driving sound card around.

JustinJG 17 points 27 months ago
from completed build Angela

The software that comes with this is fairly ugly but it all preforms great. I'd suggest prioritizing all other parts of your build before spending much on sound. It's very subjective how good something sounds.

spekesel 14 points 24 months ago
from completed build Time to Ryzen

I actually bought this card back in 2010 as I used a pair of sennheiser hd600s on my PC at the time and I wanted a card to properly drive them. Years later, it still works and still sounds way way better than any onboard sound. Best 200 euros (or so) I've spent.

horton1024 5 points 20 months ago
from completed build Rusty Trusty - My First Gaming PC

Makes sounds

Mastermung 9 points 11 months ago
from completed build Under Construction

This is the only component that has transferred from my old build, aside from my SSD and PSU, both of which will be removed when I get the M.2 drive and new PSU. I like the way this soundcard performs. It pairs very well with my Sennheisers, and I've played around with the opamps to tailor the sound more to my liking. The backplate is purely cosmetic, but it cleans up the appearance.

mack_au 16 points 5 months ago
from completed build U-P-G-R-A-Y-E-D-D

Was a brilliant sound card when it released and is still amazing today.