Motherboards
    Z87-PRO

    silver award

    For a great overall test, features and performance, I have no qualms in adding the ASUS Z87-Pro to our list of recommended motherboards and would like to give it our Silver award. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9863.png *ANANDTECH (Anandtech.com)
    UNITED STATES
    *ANANDTECH (Anandtech.com)
    11/25/2013

    Motherboards
    Z87-A

    Approved

    All told, we have a motherboard that can satisfy both the overclocking crowd and those looking to build an energy efficient system. With everything this board offers at its asking price, it definitely deserves the Overclockers Approved stamp! more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9872.png Overclockers Club
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers Club
    11/25/2013

    Essence Hi-Fi Audio
    Xonar Essence One

    REalsization Award

    More important I thought was how relatively close these three versions performed. Hearing them side by side underscored the solidity of the basic circuit. It also caused delight about the fluidity and ease whereby one version becomes the next simply by swapping out a few opamps. It's a type of 'nobody left behind' soldier's ethos. Someone capable of parting with $1.500 for this type of DAC ought to head straight for the Muses. It's the obvious thing to do. Ancillaries should be suitably refined to get the most from those luxo critters. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9820.jpg 6 Moons
    UNITED STATES
    6 Moons
    11/22/2013

    Sound Cards and Digital-to-Analog Converters
    Xonar Essence One

    REalsization Award

    More important I thought was how relatively close these three versions performed. Hearing them side by side underscored the solidity of the basic circuit. It also caused delight about the fluidity and ease whereby one version becomes the next simply by swapping out a few opamps. It's a type of 'nobody left behind' soldier's ethos. Someone capable of parting with $1.500 for this type of DAC ought to head straight for the Muses. It's the obvious thing to do. Ancillaries should be suitably refined to get the most from those luxo critters. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9820.jpg 6 Moons
    UNITED STATES
    6 Moons
    11/22/2013

    Essence Hi-Fi Audio
    Xonar DSX

    Editor's Choice

    So should you buy a sound card? That's partly how much you care about sound quality particularly in regards to music. It also depends on what listening hardware you have. For those using the analogue outputs, either good headphones or speakers are a requirement to using a dedicated sound card. In any of these cases, both the Xonar DGX and the DSX are fairly inexpensive at $39.57 and $59.24 respectively, but also deliver impressive results for how much they cost. Given how much I enjoyed listening with both these cards, they are both worthy of our Editor's Choice Award. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9832.jpg LEGITREVIEWS
    UNITED STATES
    LEGITREVIEWS
    11/22/2013

    Sound Cards
    Xonar DSX

    Editor's Choice

    So should you buy a sound card? That's partly how much you care about sound quality particularly in regards to music. It also depends on what listening hardware you have. For those using the analogue outputs, either good headphones or speakers are a requirement to using a dedicated sound card. In any of these cases, both the Xonar DGX and the DSX are fairly inexpensive at $39.57 and $59.24 respectively, but also deliver impressive results for how much they cost. Given how much I enjoyed listening with both these cards, they are both worthy of our Editor's Choice Award. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9832.jpg LEGITREVIEWS
    UNITED STATES
    LEGITREVIEWS
    11/22/2013

    Sound Cards and Digital-to-Analog Converters
    Xonar DSX

    Editor's Choice

    So should you buy a sound card? That's partly how much you care about sound quality particularly in regards to music. It also depends on what listening hardware you have. For those using the analogue outputs, either good headphones or speakers are a requirement to using a dedicated sound card. In any of these cases, both the Xonar DGX and the DSX are fairly inexpensive at $39.57 and $59.24 respectively, but also deliver impressive results for how much they cost. Given how much I enjoyed listening with both these cards, they are both worthy of our Editor's Choice Award. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9832.jpg LEGITREVIEWS
    UNITED STATES
    LEGITREVIEWS
    11/22/2013

    Motherboards
    Z87I-DELUXE

    Golden Bear Award

    ASUS has built one amazing product stack from the top to bottom making a board to match virtually any need or build type you may find. Their mini ITX options from the Maximus VI Impact to this Deluxe model are bursting at the seams with features and also performance tuning. The addition of Wireless AC compatibility means that you are ready for the fastest current wireless standard available. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/4110.jpg Bjorn3d
    UNITED STATES
    Bjorn3d
    11/15/2013

    R7260X-DC2-2GD5

    Hi Tech Legion Editor's Choice

    I have had quite few ASUS cards over the last few years and all have been uniformly outstanding, with the new R9 and R7 DirectCU II cards maintaining this standard. ASUS goes above and beyond in every aspect of the card's build and leaves no area without a marked improvement over reference designs and most competitors. There may be some higher factory overclocks around, but as far as build quality, the DirectCU II cards are second to none. This is what sets the ASUS DirectCU II cards apart from the competition. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/6257.jpg Hi Tech Legion
    UNITED STATES
    Hi Tech Legion
    11/15/2013