Without a doubt, onboard audio has come a long way over the years, relegating discrete PCIe or other solutions to the the more discerning consumers. We now commonly see better trace routing and isolation for onboard audio solutions, even at the budget end, and in the case of higher end motherboards we may even seen high quality DACs included. While working on our upcoming review of the new ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PRO (WI-FI), we ran into a common problem with newer onboard audio solutions, the software. The best hardware in the world means exactly nothing if it’s paired up with mediocre software. What problem did we encounter?