in my first install of windows 8 the sound card was there and was registered. after installing wrong windows media center key I had to reinstall windows and everything else. the computer no longer sees my sound blaster x-fi titanium hd card.
I uninstalled everything for the card and reseated the card but still the computer can not find it. Motherboard is p8z77 -v pro / thunderbolt. I guess tomorrow I could try another pci slot .
I had a similar opinion until recently. My ASUS Xonar DGX is a lot better than integrated audio and the headphone amp is pretty nice feature. Means you can deliver a lot more power to the headset to drive the sound, its a noticeable difference.