We always say in our motherboard reviews that one thing that sets one audio solution from another is usually the bundled sound software. In most cases, the standard drivers are provided. Better motherboards include software from Creative or VIA to provide surround sound virtualization and other useful effects.
Razer may have made that partially obsolete with their recent offer – Razer Surround is now available as a ‘donate what you want’ basis. All proceeds will go to Child’s Play Charity, although you are free to pay nothing if you want.
Razer Surround comes with other features on top of surround sound virtualization – dialog boost, bass boost, normalization, and even a full 8 band EQ. This is pretty much exactly what you’d want from a software suite. Do keep in mind that you need to start an account with Razer, and it needs to connect to their servers every time it starts up. There are no ads in the software however.
So check it out, and let us know what you think. It is designed for headphone use only, which is the only obvious disadvantage to Creative’s THX TruStudio Pro software bundled with boards like the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H. That software gives you surround sound virtualization on stereo speakers as well as headphones.