1. PEZ2725 Nov 2015 @ 04:25

    Recently upgraded to a Skylake build and it seems that if my RAM is clocked higher than 2500mhz, I get insane latency and audio clipping.
    My RAM is rated at 3200mhz, and it runs stable, but the audio issues are unbearable. Got a new RAM kit coming just to play around some, but has anyone else ran into this issue when dealing with overclocked RAM?


    • Tuoni26 Nov 2015 @ 10:30

      6700K @ 4.5GHz with 4x 8GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz and no problems here with audio.
      Not that excited about my Skylake build though.. it's more that i had to then that i actually wanted to and is more a side grade at best then an upgrade form what I had before.

      Windows 10 TH2 seems to have started a whole new avalanche of compatibility and driver/software issues not in the last place in the audio department. Guess that is the price we "early adopters" pay.
      Personally i would say to stick with Windows 8.1 until DX12 actually becomes relevant and hopefully Windows 10 will have matured in that time too.


  2. somch27 Nov 2015 @ 04:42

    i want to buy xonar dgx but dont know whether my motherboard supports it or not.??
    could anyone shed some light on it






    • CarvedInside27 Nov 2015 @ 16:18

      Should work. I don't know of any compatibility issues with H61 chipset motherboards.


  3. Arturo Meneses27 Nov 2015 @ 12:04

    Dear Sir,
    On the official Asus page the Xonar Essence STX drivers ( Version ) is not listed anymore as a beta, should I surmise that this is the definitive version?


    • CarvedInside27 Nov 2015 @ 16:13

      Beta and non-beta 1823 drivers are exactly the same.
      Besides that, when it comes to ASUS Xonar drivers any driver is beta quality.


  4. Western27 Nov 2015 @ 21:11

    I want to buy Asus XONAR-DX Sound Card.some frnds told me my pc specs is not support this card
    plz see my specs give me answer ASAP sir.

    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2140 @ 1.60GHz
    Mainboard Model = D945GCCR
    Dual Core Model
    2 GB Ram


    • CarvedInside28 Nov 2015 @ 01:53

      Depends on whether you have a dual slot video card or not. A dual slot video card will occupy the slot(PCIe) needed for the DX.
      You could go for the D1 which uses a different slot(PCI).


  5. Aidan35729 Nov 2015 @ 00:20

    Hi again, had an odd problem the past couple weeks. The Hata region unload box started popping up for me but only after I added the audio center .exe to the startup folder (\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup, copy-pasted into it). The reason I added it is because it stopped loading with windows for whatever unknown reason. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get it to start with windows again without putting it in the startup folder, as it being in there seems to cause the Hata box to pop up, which then makes the right click menu of the icon blank, and double-clicking it covers fills the screen with an invisible wall of sorts. I tried using different driver versions but it kept happening, but only when the shortcut was in the startup folder.


  6. Jeff D29 Nov 2015 @ 00:52

    I am not currently running the unified drivers, just the official drivers for windows 8.1. I am using the card as pretty much an optical line out to my receiver. I have noticed that NONE of the equalizer and other sound adjustment features in the xonar panels have any effect on the line out sound. Is this intended? Are the unified drivers the same way? Is there an alternative EQ program that will work for my SPDIF out?


  7. Den29 Nov 2015 @ 11:16

    Hello, I have Xonar D1, Why the driver UNi Xonar 1816/1823 v1.80a r3 does not include ASIO ( and what is the difference between versions ASIO ( and ASIO (


    • CarvedInside29 Nov 2015 @ 16:45

      ASIO are made for STXII drivers only and I wasn’t able to mod them to work with the standard drivers.


  8. Sasa P.29 Nov 2015 @ 13:03

    Hey guys, what is now with the (ASUS STRIX SOAR, ASUS STRIX RAID PRO and ASUS STRIX RAID DLX) ? Are this Soundcards better than a ASUS XONAR DX and will it become new driver updates ?
    Tanks :))


    • CarvedInside29 Nov 2015 @ 18:24

      Asus Strix series are totally different cards than Xonar series, they use a different maker for the audio chip, that's why they are named differently. I don't think they will be any better than Xonar cards. Any Asus product that relies on firmware/bios/drivers for functioning has major problems except maybe their video cards which rely on NVIDIA or AMD for drivers.
      I won't make or mod any drivers for Asus Strix cards.


      • HunterZ29 Nov 2015 @ 19:26

        Xonar DX has firmware too. Does the Strix get a firmware load from the driver at startup or something? I have a USB-MIDI adapter that does that, and it's annoying.


        • CarvedInside29 Nov 2015 @ 20:05

          From what I know the PLX bridge on the Xonar DX has a firmware and the audio chip has another or maybe I am wrong and the cards firmware includes the PLX bridge part too. Every device has some kind of firmware/bios but the complexity of the firmware depends on the complexity of the device and how much of that device functions are done by its driver or its firmware.

          I don't know about Strix firmware load. I think it's on the card. I never heard of firmwares loaded from the drivers at startup.


    • Tuoni02 Dec 2015 @ 00:28

      Both SOAR and Pro are pretty much on par with the Xonar D** sound cards. DLX is theoretically better then the Xonar D** or Phoebus when you just look at the tech specs.You're going to need some serious equipment to make out any difference between those cards though.

      Actually all the Asus sound cards use the same maker for the audio chip, C-Media. Xonars are equipped with the CMI8788, Phoebus with the CMI8888DHT and the Strix series with the CM6632AX. Can't figure out why Asus went with a native USB chip for the Strix series though.

      In the end i would strongly recommend to pick an CMI8788 based card, Xonar D** or Essence series so you will have at least the UNi Xonar drivers. Asus support for drivers/software is pretty much non existent for the past 12 years.


  9. Anatoli29 Nov 2015 @ 20:55

    I have an Asus Xonar DGX device running on Windows 10 Pro 64Bit. I recently noticed that the Asus Xonar software doesn't want to load up, so decided to reinstall it, but it seems the software cannot detect my card. It simply displays a message "Can't find any device". I also tried with the UNi software, doing driver clean-up. Still, Device Manager shows the card correctly, there is sound, but the Xonar Audio Center software shows the same error "Can't find any device". I tried the Xonar Switch software and it seems that settings work from there.

    Any idea what could be the issue with the Xonar Audio Center?


    • CarvedInside30 Nov 2015 @ 01:03

      Hi. Check to see if your cards hardware ID was overwritten.
      Please mention which drivers have you installed and if you've updated Windows 10 to the newest build (Build 10586).


      • Anatoli30 Nov 2015 @ 01:37

        Hi, thank you for your quick reply:

        I tried latest drivers from Asus Xonar DGX page for windows 10 (1823) and also installed latest UNi drivers (1.80a r3).
        HWID: PCI\VEN_13F6&DEV_8788&SUBSYS_85211043&REV_00 (seems OK)
        My Windows version shows Build 10240


        • CarvedInside30 Nov 2015 @ 03:46

          Maybe the antivirus that you have installed is deleting some files from the installation. Check virus (and quarantine) log. Try reinstalling the drivers with antivirus paused and see if you still get the error.


          • Anatoli30 Nov 2015 @ 15:01

            No entries in Defender and no event logs in Event viewer.
            Checked with disabled AV and still the same issue. Any other ideas?


  10. bob29 Nov 2015 @ 21:56

    I downloaded 1.80a r3 and I can't find the add-ons. Where is the icon?


    • CarvedInside30 Nov 2015 @ 01:06

      I don't understand what you want to ask. 3rd party addons are listed in the comments on this page.


      • bob01 Dec 2015 @ 01:40

        Like when you are finished with downloading the software, you usually get an icon on the desktop but I am asking where can I find the icon since it doesn't appear on desktop immediately as downloading is done. Do I have to install something separately?


        • CarvedInside01 Dec 2015 @ 04:07

          Downloading the drivers does not have anything to do with addons. Why would you ask that?
          Maybe the download is falsely flagged as a virus by your antivirus and get deleted after download.


  11. y0d429 Nov 2015 @ 22:45


    i have issue with dpc latency with new asus driver Version and also new uni xonar 1823 v1.80a r3
    I believe you know how that is manifest...
    Is there solution for this?

    thank you.


    • CarvedInside30 Nov 2015 @ 01:15

      Unfortunately there isn’t a reliable way to measure DPC latency on Windows 10, the LatencyMon tool isn’t that good, for example is says that my system has problems playing audio/video in real-time but my system is working perfectly fine. If you don't have audio stutters or audio/video desyncronizations when playing movies or playing games your system might be fine too.
      For lowering DPC latency you could install the drivers with Low DPC Latency, avoid Asus Audio Center for changing settings and you could read and apply the advices in Part II of the The case of DPC Latency article.


  12. capt nemo01 Dec 2015 @ 00:35

    I have a problem with the asio drivers and my stxII. when I use my daw or any plug-ins that work outside a daw (NI KOMPLETE for example) The volume is so insanely loud I have to set the output volume to nearly 0. I didn't find any way to solve that. Were you aware of that issue? what can I do to solve that. (I can risk to destroy my monitors by accient)

    I run win10.


    • CarvedInside01 Dec 2015 @ 03:47

      ASIO volume is independent of Windows Volume. You can only control the ASIO volume in the application you are using with ASIO output and by default it's set to 100%. Maybe this is the problem you are reporting.


  13. Avenger8002 Dec 2015 @ 19:33

    Why do you criticize all the time because Windows 10 ? You can even in the description of the driver began to abuse her . You can not show people how much you hate Windosw 10 . Many people using Windows 10 and have no problems . Do you hate it straight .


    • Avenger8002 Dec 2015 @ 20:04

      Your attitude to Windows 10, you have to leave with them , because it's unprofessional.


    • Yue02 Dec 2015 @ 22:45

      Well Windows 10 (and 7 and 8.1) IS buggy when it comes to audio.
      If your headphones suddenly starting to ring out an extremely loud screech of death because the audio in Windows is borked, you'd feel the same. I had to throw my headphones at the wall at least 5 times so far, 3 when I was on Windows 7, and twice on Windows 10. It is NOT a pleasant feeling and honestly my hearing is no longer as good as it was before because of this.
      Listen to this, now imagine it 100x worse, be sure to UP your volume and to wear headphones.


      • Paul Rossi04 Dec 2015 @ 02:20

        The Problem you are having with your sound card is isolated to your machine
        What sound card are you using? Is your memory really stable? Are the caps on your board not leaking?
        It's a hardware problem your having,not software. The Software is exposing the issue with your hardware
        My Stx II 7.1 has none of those issues and I using windows 10 Pro X64


        • Rohanian18 Dec 2015 @ 03:17

          I just encountered this problem for the very first time with my system - omg that was incredibly loud ringing - at least I was lucky that I wasn't wearing my headphones at the time. It was earsplitting even with my headphones lying 30cm away on the desk. And the volume control in Windows was set to mute at the time!
          I was just browsing the web and suddenly I get this earsplitting ringing.

          I sure hope it's not going to damage my headphones because I only shelled out for these nad viso hp50s a couple months ago. But yeah it is even worse if it damages your hearing which I am in no doubt that something that loud would certainly do. Now I am scared to put my headphones on.

          I am using an essence stx card. Just the 2 channel card with the headphone amp. I am on Windows 10 64bit (not the pro version). And upgraded a couple of days ago to the uni 1.80ar3 drivers from the 1.75ar2 drivers. As far as I know there is nothing wrong with my hardware - I use it for 3d gaming as well as work and it seems to run fine and stable and I did a memtest a few months ago which was fine.

          As far as non-default audio settings go I am using the C-Media panel installation of uni xonar and I have my audio set to 24-bit 48Khz in both the C-Media panel and windows.
          I have the output in C-media panel set to headphone and the gain set to normal for under 64-ohm headphones. It is set to 2-channel with no added effects, although when playing games or watching movies I use 6-channel, Dolby HP and the virtual speaker shifter. At the time of the ringing sound it was set to 2-channel with no effects added. And as I mentioned the windows volume control was set to mute!


  14. Csaba02 Dec 2015 @ 22:59

    Dear All,

    Do you have any guess why is it that after restarting the computer the HP Advanced setting losing the Gain settings?! I am having Asus Xonar Xense card and if I install the driver than the gain settings working properly but after the first restart is not working at all and I can put to any value it is not chaning remaining the lowest one.

    Thanks in advance,


  15. youngj03 Dec 2015 @ 19:22

    Dear All!
    I'm using the xoar DGX pci-e sound card, but in the few minutes/hours the sound card freeze, output via analog/digital not work, I have install the latest version driver UNi Xonar 1816/1823 v1.80a r3 but the sound so not working.
    I'm using windows 10 64bit 10586, disable onboard audio sound.


    • CarvedInside03 Dec 2015 @ 20:27

      If you go to Device Manager-> "Sound, video.."-> does the Xonar card get detected? And if it is, double click on it and tell us what is written under "Device status".


      • youngj05 Dec 2015 @ 04:16

        First time in start windows, the sound card work fine, but in few hours, the sound card freeze, the sound not work. The sound card work until i restart windows



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