Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card

Packaging and contents

As is expected with a sound-card in the price bracket, Auzentech have provided some sturdy packaging to go with the card. The professional looking logo of the X-Fi Forte 7.1 is counterbalanced by a fantasy based lady playing a harp. An interesting combination and frankly looks a little odd when you first get your sweaty palms on the box.
X-fi forte box  x-fi forte box rear
That said, the box provides all the information needed and an impressive array of logo's on the bottom of the box give an indication of what's to come.
inside the box 1  inside the box 2
The inside of the box shows that Auzentech have wrapped up the X-Fi Forte pretty well and it would certainly take an incredibly terrible courier to get to the card inside. Cardboard surrounds the equipment and all of the peripherals are safe inside a plastic bag buried at the bottom of the box.
Oh and did I mention, the inside box has the words:
‘Careful, the sound you are about to hear is extremely real’, Fairly amusing - a nice sense of humour from Auzentech!
Good Stuff
The package with the X-Fi Forte is really good and goes that little bit further than some manufacturers, providing an optical digital cable, including an adaptor so that you are able to use it directly with the card. Also included is:
X-Fi package
* 1 x Installation CD
* 1 x Quick Install Guide
* 1 x Analogue Multi I/O Cable
* Low profile I/O back plate
A nicely balanced set of extras perhaps missing the finesse of the Asus Xonar Essence, reviewed earlier this year, but a pretty complete set of kit aimed at those who want to be hooked their shiny new sound-card to a decoder.
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Most Recent Comments

06-07-2009, 04:52:47

"Claiming to be the worlds first soundcard for music, HTPC and gaming, the Forte makes big claims from a tiny card. Can it live up to our high standards? Read on..." - by Kempez

Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile 7.1 PCI-E Sound CardQuote

06-07-2009, 06:52:10


At a 75% discount

What about putting PCI-e x1 as good in the conclusion? Most people have too many of those slots anyway and it has more future than the PCI standard.Quote

06-07-2009, 14:19:37

This sounds like a great card coming from the great review.

I'd have to limit my own conclusion to that of the Auzen Prelude. The card is great, but the Creative software on it is a real pita imo.

If u keep in touch with the Auzen site, they're upd8ing RCx of the drivers time after time. The initial ones ~werent too bad~, the following RC(s) seem to gain in some respects whilst taking away in others - and still u have the freaking Creative control console lurking over everything.

Seeing nothing to suggest otherwize, I'd view this card in the same way, if ur going to set it up to a single or perhaps one additional input, ur likely to do well with it.

Fancy being a bit "creative" - forget it. And I don't think Vista helps. Alchemy also being a bit hit and miss.

For whatever reason they decided to screw up the sound options that the pc had when going from xp->vista, even tho the theory in the vista control is a good idea imo, I would love them to try and get it mostly correct in Windows 7.

Let's pretty much hope that Creative born examples continue to work fine and without hackage in Windows 7 - they "should".

Great review. I do have reservations tho, especially when paying £122!Quote

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