ASUS has just released a new beta driver for its Xonar Essence STX audio card. Version 18.104.22.1688 offers a language update for Russian and Japanese.The fresh release is aimed at Windows 8 only and, because it's a beta driver, we recommend caution, extensive testing and bug reporting to ASUS in order for the company to improve its future drivers.
ASUS' Xonar Essence STX is a very interesting audio card featuring industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio), which is able to achieve a sound up to 64 times clearer than a standard on-board adapter.
On the Xonar Essence STX lies a Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 chip, supporting headphones up to 600ohms of impedance with lower than 0.001% distortion.
Nichicon “Fine Gold” professional audio capacitors are also present on this card, making sure you achieve a rich bass and clear high frequency sound.
Below is the link to the new beta driver. Download, install and stay “updated one minute ago.”
Asus Xonar Essence STX Audio Driver 22.214.171.1248 Beta for Windows 8