The I/O Console is getting power, and it was defaulted in sounds as both the primary recording/communication device. I installed the motherboard audio drivers and connected the front panel microphone port to the microphone and it works just fine now. However, trying to connect it to the I/O Console, Keyboard, and directly into the rear of the Soundcard still did not yeild any results.
I'm happy with the front panel mic port, its out of the way and probably the best place for it to be plugged in from where I sit. Perhaps when I get some time I'll try to fiddle with making it work in other ports, but until then - I think the front panel will do just fine.
GTX 570 + 6GB DDR3 Corsair Ram + i7 920