Asus is well-known for a lot of things, their soundcards not among them, but that might be about to change. They just recently started manufacturing these little buggers, and I don’t know personally how they sound, but specs wise they seem fairly on par with most of Creative’s offerings.
This new Xonar DX utilizes a PCIe card slot and outputs up to 7.1 channels and has a low signal to noise ratio (SNR) of 116dB. That means the SNR is 35 times cleaner than most, if not all, on-board/integrated audio solutions.
As for the ever-popular Dolby technologies, its got’em too, here’s the list as follows: Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx. No word on pricing or availability, but that will come when the card is officially announced at CeBIT.