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


The software used for the Auzentech X-Fi Forte is the usual Creative affair. I am glad to say now that Creative actually include Alchemy, which means you don't have to go without Dolby Digital or DTS when using a Vista-based install.
We have talked about Creative's X-Fi software quite a lot in previous reviews. I don't want to go into too much detail with this, but here's a few screen-shots for those who haven't had the dubious pleasure of using Creative's software.
front screen  encoder
Entertainment mode does what it says on the tin. You've all of the options in there that you need, buried somewhere amongst the flashy screens. As you will see above, the software gives you the option to use either Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect. Whilst it's great we have the option to use either, it would be nice if the card could detect what was optimum for each disc and select for you, an 'auto' mode if you will.
game mode  game mdoe crystalizer
Game mode provides us with a more cluttered interface but does give options on one page. The crystalizer is a nice addition for Creative and CMSS-3D is great for creating nice surround images on a set of headphones.
audio creation mode
Audio Creation Mode is Creative's attempt to give X-Fi owners a fully working music creation interface. In fairness, it is a nice addition to the sound card as a package and shouldn't be dismissed lightly. I am not going to focus on this part of the cards intended purpose in this review, but it's nice to take this into account.
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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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