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

Gaming Results

Gaming - testing

I tested a wide range of games to see how the card coped with each game. FPS graphs below are from a small selection. Note that when EAX advanced options could be turned on, they were.
I have included results from Auzentech X-Fi Prelude to give you a rounded set of results.

Unreal Tournament 3

An Unreal Engine 3 game as it is a fast, frantic and furious multi player mash-up experience. Using advanced DirectX 9.0c features, the Unreal Engine looks fantastic and has a lot of explosions all around to give that feeling of depth. PhysX was not enabled in-game.

Settings: 1920 x 1200, Very high settings. The UT3 Benchmark was used for all cards.

The Forte matches its big brother, the Prelude in the first of our FPS tests.

Again the Forte's X-Fi chip runs ahead of the non-X-Fi based cards and even a little ahead of the Prelude.

Quake 4

Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features based on OpenGL game. Once again I did three benchmark runs on Quake 4 on each card and took the average of all my readings from these. The Quake4Bench demo was used to benchmark all cards.

Settings were: 1920 x 1200, Ultra settings. 16 x AF, 4 x AA. Multi-CPU enabled.

The Forte performed very well in these Quake 4 tests as we would expect.

The surround sound EAX processing does very well in keeping the FPS up on the Forte.

Gaming sound

The sound during gaming on the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude was nothing short of excellent. With full EAX hardware support as well as DD and DTS surround sound support, it was difficult to find fault with the Forte.
The clarity of games that fully utilise EAX is excellent with the Forte and a step above the Xonar here. There was also no issues with compatibility at all during testing which is always a great sign.
Gaming is certainly the cards......'Forte', as it were.
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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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