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Auzentech Unveils X-Fi Forte 7.1 Native PCI Express Soundcard

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  1. malware New Member

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    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."

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    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.php

    Source: Auzentech
     
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    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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    Looks like the absolute PERFECT solution for a mATX board or HTPC! Way to go Auzentech!
     
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    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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    Except for the fact that the card comes with a full height bracket as well... doh!
     
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    "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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    Probably expensive due to the CREATIVE chip and all those licensing fees. :banghead:
     
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    Like the color and layout but I dont understand two connectors one being some sort of midi port.
     
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    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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    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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    You mean like this one [​IMG]
     
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    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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    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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    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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