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


The Auzentech X-Fi Forte is a truly accomplished card and a superb all-round performer. Usually when a device attempt to fill a gap in the market by becoming a 'jack of all trades', it fails miserably in at least one area.
The Auzentech X-Fi Forte managed not only NOT to fail at anything, it manages to excel in several areas and compete with the best the market has in others.
Gaming quality is hugely impressive with the Forte handling gaming with ease and panache. For gaming, X-Fi cards are very hard to beat and this stays the case with the Forte.
Musically the Forte is superb and competes (but doesn't quite beat), the Asus Xonar essence STX. Considering how I was waxing lyrical about the STX, this is no mean feat!
In movies the Forte handles itself with aplomb and brings a fantastic scale and depth to movies.
Essentially; the Auzentech X-Fi Forte is all if set out to be. As an all-round device to pop into your gaming media PC there can't be many on the market that get near it and if this is what you want from a sound card, then I would recommend you go out and get one.
The Auzentech X-Fi Forte gets a deserved OC3D 'Recommended' Award for being the best all-rounder we've tested so far.
The Good
+ Excellent Gaming performance
+ Top class music replication
+ Well rounded movie performance
+ Nice bundle
+ Fits well into any HTPC
The Mediocre
* Bass redirection not up to scratch
* Does not auto-change from DD to DTS in movie mode
* Lack of Dolby headphone support
The Bad
- Price a possible stumbling block
  oc3d recommended
OC3D would like to thanks Auzentech for the review sample.
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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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