WDM/KS (Windows Driver Model/Kernel Streaming) drivers bypass Microsoft's kernel mixer (which is normally used to mix the outputs from multiple audio applications into one stereo stream), this option can provide very low latency. WDM is Windows native and even an on-board soundchip should support KS well enough.
In principle, WDM/KS is just as good as ASIO, but it has to be a WDM driver to work properly. Many interfaces have WDM drivers with ASIO, the WDM driver spec allows other program interface standards to be added on without limitations. "ASIO4ALL", a free program that adds ASIO to a WDM only driver, uses KS to get in. Using ASIO4ALL is therefore just the same as using WDM/KS.
Here's some Pros for WDM/KS...
- The host can adjust the latency - you don't have to go into the driver control panel.
- Different WDM drivers from different makes of interfaces can be used to get more channels. With ASIO, only one driver can be used at a time.
- Low latency is available even with cheap sound hardware that has no ASIO driver.
And the Cons...
- WDM/KS cannot work if something else is already using the WDM driver - Some Mediaplayers and Codecs keep the driver in use even when they are not open!
- Once Kernal Streaming is in use, nothing else can use the WDM driver. Sonar has an option to release the driver when it's not running so you can temporarily use some other audio program that needs the audio hardware without first closing Sonar.