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Thursday, 04 December 2008 10:56

Auzentech launches low-profile X-Fi card

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The X-Fi Forte 7.1 low-profile PCIe

PCIe sound cards are still only trickling out, so it's good to see another one; and this new card from Auzentech has some interesting features. The X-Fi Forte 7.1 has, as the name suggests, an X-Fi chip from Creative and in this case it's one of the new 20K2 processors with native PCIe support.

Auzentech has also added 64MB of X-RAM to the Forte 7.1, a feature we'd like to see on more Creative based sound cards, although there's still not enough support in computer games to really make it a great feature, but it has a lot of potential.

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As this is a low-profile card, it only has three connectors on the back, a combined coaxial/optical S/PDIF, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a custom D-sub connector to which a break-out cable can be connected. The break-out cable adds 7.1-channel analog outputs as well as a mic and a line input. To use the optical S/PDIF out, Auzentech supplies a 3.5mm to TOSLINK adaptor and you also get a TOSLINK cable with the card.

Auzentech has also added a headphone amp for the dedicated headphone jack and the card also has a mic pre-amp. As with many other cards from Auzentech, the Forte 7.1 offers a swappable OPAMP. As an extra treat, this card can also be used with Creative's 3.5-inch drive bay units which add outputs and volume control for the card on the front of your PC.

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For those interested in using this card in a standard slot, an alternative bracket is also supplied with the card that allows for this. The MSRP for the Forte 7.1 is US$149.99 (€119) which is similar to Creative's new-ish X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty card. The X-Fi Forte 7.1 is expected to start shipping this month.

You can find the product page here
Last modified on Friday, 05 December 2008 06:20
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