Thursday, December 4th 2008

Auzentech Unveils X-Fi Forte 7.1 Native PCI Express Soundcard

Auzentech has unveiled the X-Fi Forte PCI-Express sound card. The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 is the first Low Profile native PCI express audio card that Auzentech has designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 has improved circuitry and components.
"A large percentage of our customers are both gamers and audiophiles," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "Increasingly, they are requesting a low-profile sound card with 'mind-blowing' audio playback for music, movies, and games. We created the Auzen X-Fi Forte with these customers in mind."


The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 marks the first time the Creative X-Fi Native PCI Express chipset has been available in a low-profile board, as well as the first time it has been available in a a third-party soundcard.

The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 soundcard is scheduled for release before the end of December of 2008. The MSRP is planned at $149.99.

Key Features
  • Low Profile Audio Card
  • Developed around the Creative X-Fi Native PCI Express chipset
  • Dolby Digital Live for Windows XP and Vista
  • DTS Neo:PC & DTS Interactive for Vista
  • Low-profile and standard-profile brackets included
For images and full specifications, see the product page at http://auzentech.com/site/products/x-fi_forte.phpSource: Auzentech
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14 Comments on Auzentech Unveils X-Fi Forte 7.1 Native PCI Express Soundcard

#1
blobster21
The DB15 vga-like rear plug is a great idea to free up some place on the metal bracket, while providing a 7-in-1 minijack connectors solution. i'll keep an eye on it in the future :pimp:
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#2
DanishDevil
Looks like the absolute PERFECT solution for a mATX board or HTPC! Way to go Auzentech!
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#3
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
The majority of thier customers are gamers and audiophiles. Most gamers don't have low profile cases since you cant get a low profile anything that can run games at high.
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#4
TheLostSwede
Except for the fact that the card comes with a full height bracket as well... doh!
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#5
OnBoard
"The MSRP is planned at $149.99" if it was $49,99 I might get it. My onboard sound is good enough, soundcard needs to be cheap. I only need S/PDIF and some positional sound for headphones in games.
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#6
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: TheLostSwede
Except for the fact that the card comes with a full height bracket as well... doh!
frick
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#7
lemonadesoda
by: OnBoard
"The MSRP is planned at $149.99" if it was $49,99 I might get it. My onboard sound is good enough, soundcard needs to be cheap. I only need S/PDIF and some positional sound for headphones in games.
Probably expensive due to the CREATIVE chip and all those licensing fees. :banghead:
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Like the color and layout but I dont understand two connectors one being some sort of midi port.
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#9
OnBoard
by: WarEagleAU
Like the color and layout but I dont understand two connectors one being some sort of midi port.
Look at the box picture and the port makes more sense. Just a way to get multiple connectors to a small space.
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Combining the Coax and Optical digital out into one port is a good idea, but I would loose that adaptor on the first day.
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#11
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: OnBoard
Look at the box picture and the port makes more sense. Just a way to get multiple connectors to a small space.
You mean like this one
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
lol the auzen uses a VGA port and the auzen uses a DVI. lol.

nice card, i'm glad its half height - less airflow restrictions in a case.
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#13
department76
by: freaksavior
You mean like this one
but that ones done that way so it can light up gay LEDs on razors special matching headphones. i love my prelude and i'd take an auzen any day over a razor POS.
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#14
imperialreign
surprised I missed this!

Anyhow, that's a damn nice looking card, for some funky reason, I'm diggin the neon-green caps . . . I wonder how UV reactive they are . . .

Asides, though, considering the size of "quality" PCB components, and a half-width PCB . . . I wonder how crammed tha backside is :p

Nice to see another native PCIE audio card to market . . . TBH, the Titanium has got to be the most solid Creative card I've ever had - no audio hiccups due to hardware BUS bickering . . .

I'm even more impressed that Creative is backing off their grip on the X-Fi APU even more, allowing Auzen to cash-in on the brand new APU as well . . . although, I'd love to see some more manufacturers start using the APU as well, or at least design somthing that can compete in the processing realm.
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