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.
+ Excellent Gaming performance
+ Top class music replication
+ Well rounded movie performance
+ Nice bundle
+ Fits well into any HTPC
* Bass redirection not up to scratch
* Does not auto-change from DD to DTS in movie mode
* Lack of Dolby headphone support
- Price a possible stumbling block
OC3D would like to thanks Auzentech
for the review sample.
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