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ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • PCI v2.2, 5.1 Channels
  • Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging
  • GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects
  • 3 gain modes for different usage scenarios

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The Xonar DG sound card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround sound with ASUS’ own GX2.5 gaming audio engine and an on-board headset amplifier. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DG an ideal sound card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their game environments.

ASUS designed GX2.5 to simulate EAX game effects and makes them available on Windows Vista/7 PCs. GX2.5 will automatically emulate the latest EAX technologies without additional software.

  • newegg High Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) A high SNR rating means less unwanted noise. Therefore the audio is cleaner which translates to better sound quality. The Xonar DG achieves a 105 dB SNR rating for clear audio in games, movies, and music.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone Dolby Headphone enables up to 7.1 channel surround sound from any set of headphones for an immersive experience.
  • newegg Headphone AMP The built-in headphone amp supports all gaming headsets up to 150 ohms of impedance and provides greater sound clarity.
  • newegg GX2.5 GX2.5 automatically emulates the latest EAX technology – up to EAX5.0, to offer advanced environmental audio effects. While enhancing the feeling of actually being in the game, GX2.5 also improves on directional audio information.
  • newegg Low profile The Xonar DG is bundled with a low profile bracket for compatibility with HTPC cases.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Bruce D.
  • 4/25/2016 12:12:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine in Windows 10, not so much in PC Linux OS

Pros: Good price, good sound, has HD Audio front panel header. All worked perfectly in Windows 10 once driver downloaded from Asus website.

Cons: Could never get it to work properly under PC Linux OS with my Asrock 75 Pro4 MVP mainboard. I ordered this specifically because it is stated to be Linux friendly. It was seen and installed automatically but I could never get sound to my speakers from the on card jack. Sound was fine via the front panel headphone jack. I fiddled with Alsa mixer and Pulse Audio per every tick found on the web. Pulse Audion and Alsa mixer only ever showed the headphone option. Since they all worked fine in Windows I know the hardware is good. There is no option to change the driver in PCLOS. Finally gave up and installed a Soundblaster Audigy fx PCIe and it works perfectly in both Windows and Linux.

Other Thoughts: Probably ok for windows and the forums show many people with PClinuxOS also running it fine. Must be something specific to my setup. Be aware that Linux friendly is always relative.

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  • Allan S.
  • 4/24/2016 8:59:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPlease read this review for S/PDIF users. Overall good card.

Pros: ++ Inexpensive compared to other comparable sound cards
++ Offers S/PDIF output
++ Software includes Equalizer with presets and D.S.P.
++ PCI interface. Doesn't eat up a PCIe slot.
++ Originally didn't detect on my MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) desktop mother board. Luckily I saved this little guy for my ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard and it works great.

Cons: -- Instructions for setting up the sound card software in order to use S/PDIF would have really helped.
-- You have to select which output your using in the software to use it (i.e No auto detect when headphones are plugged in)

Other Thoughts: S/PDIF PLEASE READ: If you use S/PDIF like me, you have to install and open up the XONAR equalizer software and select the option PCM. Then your card will finally output sound. (The software comes on a disk with the card.) I had no sound and Windows showed everything working fine until, after about two hours, I found that you have to select a box called PCM (Pulse-Code Modulation) in the XONAR EQ software.

Pulse-code modulation (PCM) is a method used to digitally represent sampled analog signals. It is the standard form of digital audio in computers, Compact Discs, digital telephony and other digital audio applications. -Google

And as stated before, you have to select which output your using to use it. If you plug in headphones the card wont auto-detect it and switch accordingly. You have to select it in the software. Not a big deal if you don't switch all the time, but just to let you know.

Overall, I like this card. It was inexpensive and offered an S/PDIF output since I hook the card up to a Dolby Receiver.
I recommend this card if you want audio for a Serve/Workstation motherboard that doesn't include on-board sound.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/25/2016 8:46:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well!

Pros: Installation was easy and it got rid of the popping sound from my motherboard sound.

Cons: I think most of the Xonar audio settings are pretty worthless. Just because I can have an echo on every sound doesn't mean I want it! Fortunately they make it easy to disable them all.

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  • Wolfgang C.
  • 2/13/2016 12:20:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card for the price, especially for Linux systems

Pros: Sounds good—much better than most integrated cards I’ve heard. Driver support on Linux is excellent, and it is extremely cheap.

Cons: There are better-sounding cards, but they do not cost $30. No hardware volume control.

Other Thoughts: The Xonar DG is an improvement over onboard audio at a very good price. Testing with AKG K-240 headphones and high quality digital audio, the sound is good, if not quite equal to that of a similarly-priced Creative card (Sound Blaster Audigy FX). While Creative cards seem to be Linux-unfriendly, however, the Xonar’s C-Media chipset (CMI 8788) is well-supported by ALSA and worked out-of-the-box on Slackware.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Wolfgang,

It's good to know that you are satisfied with the sound quality of the audio card. Should you have any questions, concern or issue with the product, please email me at and I would be more than glad to help.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.


ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Peter D.
  • 2/12/2016 11:40:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA step up from built in 5.1 sound

Pros: not expensive

better than the built-in 5.1 on my last PC's mother board

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: I got this to add higher quality audio output to a refurb business machine. I am not disappointed. I'm using an old set of Altec-Lansing speakers with their own power. The improvement compared to mother board sound is pretty amazing.

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  • Mr. C.
  • 1/9/2016 5:07:22 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsmore than a year

Pros: optical pass thru.. toslink, the digital output to a receiver that lets us feed the big speakers and sub woofer. A reasonably priced card which installed easily. The software went in smooth as silk, and it's been in use for more than a year without a hickup. Bought another dg and a dgx for my other systems... have been quite satisfied

Cons: The headphone amps are fine for entry level sets. If you're a serious gamer with premo head gear... this card is a bit weak.... or so my boy tells me. When the optical cable is installed, be sure to open the software and change the settings... it doesn't sense the connection and change settings... you need to do it. Easy enough, but confusing without a heads up.

Other Thoughts: the low profile bracket & scews could be package better.... and a mounting screw should be included. Many cases have twist out shields over the expansion slots. Granted these are cheap cases, but not including a screw with a card that will need one... it just stinks of cheap. They should spend an extra penny and put the bracket & screws into a small plastic bag with a mounting screw.____edited to add: bought yet another, and once again the tiny screws are loose in the box. I know to open the box over a sheet so as to catch the little buggers... One still got a way *sigh* absolutely ridiculous that these screws & bracket aren't in a bag that seals or is even folded over & taped. They don't put the screws into the bracket, and once again... I need a mounting screw that isn't included. They're isn't a card with optical capability in this price range, so they have us.... Beware when you open the box, and if you don't put the extra bracket & screws into another bag, at least insert the screws. You might not have need for them now, but should you want to sell the card after a future upgrade....

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  • Ricardo W.
  • 1/6/2016 11:11:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMainboard out, PCI in: Let the Music Play

Pros: -Audio fidelity (via headphones to say the least) is improved
-Simple installation
-*Drivers are functioning as intended

Cons: -Apparently I plugged the headphones too far in and it completely eliminated stereo, spent about hour trying to figure out what went wrong, including driver reinstall.

-Couldn't get the front panel to work (plugged the HD AUDIO to the right spot supposedly) needless to say ended up disabling onboard audio controller anyways.

Other Thoughts: I do not have hardware for SPDIF thus I can't actually test that (some people seem to have issues with optical out.) Drivers are running on Windows 10, latest release from website. 10/28/2015 [IIRC]

Listening through a discounted (though have a number of speakers & subs at disposal) FatBoy headphone Ho865. The reviews on the headphones are relative unfavorable (I'll take 'em over earbuds any day, hit or miss product) however even these benefit from the dedicated Audio Card. After listening with the card it was apparent the sound was cleaner and it's a lot easier to decipher the sampling rates.

A side note is these were installed (alongside a separate NIC) to hopefully reduce CPU usage. I'm unable (or don't know how) to test this and quite frankly even if it did such applications (gaming for me) run with CPU power to spare as my rig built for gaming beyond 60 fps

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  • Carter H.
  • 1/6/2016 1:14:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: -Simple to install
-Works amazing!

Cons: -No screws to secure it in.
-Nothing else!

Other Thoughts: I ordered this because my motherboard audio is garbage. Works ten times better.
-If it ever stops working all I have to do is restart my computer.

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  • N/A
  • 11/30/2015 12:09:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStopped Working After 15 days

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: Stopped working after 15 days

Other Thoughts: This is card was awesome until it stopped working just a couple weeks after installing it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Kellie,

Thank you for your time on posting this review, we are sorry to hear your experience with the ASUS sound card. Please allow me to assist you.

How is the sound card now? may I know the steps that you have tried to try to make the sound card working again? can I also have the units serial number for me to check and verify the unit's warranty and in case we need process an RMA. Please try also the steps below to try to troubleshoot the unit's problem.

* Try to unplug and replug the card
* Try to use different PCIe slot
* Try to use the Audio card with a different PC or mobo for comparison

For further assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at and put case #N151213127 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

If ever you want to call our representatives please check link below for the contact numbers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
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  • N/A
  • 11/4/2015 9:27:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Love the performance for a basic dedicated sound card.

Cons: None.

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