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How Is Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1?

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Picked up an Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card in a PC I bought, and I dont know anything at all about sound cards. Always just used onboard or from my video cards.

Anyway, Im wanting to get a decent set of speakers for my gaming build, and have a set of Turtle Beach X41s and Tritton AX Pros, and was thinking of using it or getting a decent sound card.

Can anyone tell me anything about this card? Is it worth keeping and using, or should I sell it and get something different? Any idea what its worth?
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It is a very nice card that has a high % of reported problems within the first year.
Some cards develop a hiss that requires insulation from the computer via electrical taping the bracket and screws. And some of the caps can die within the first year causing some bizarre sound problems. Both problems are fixable with some DIY elbow grease if inclined. Auzentech has response issues for these problems.

I'd keep the card and use it. I enjoyed my Forte when it was working.
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While I can't comment on the Forte, being a former Prelude owner (and I still have my old X-plosion which I'm running now). They are great cards, especially with upgrades. However, there are a good bit of factory seconds (from RMA's?) being sold direct from Auzentech. While I've never had any problems from any of mine, I certainly wouldn't presume to speak for everyone. Due to the large availability of refurbs...well, you can draw your own conclusions. smile.gif
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Well my original plan was to just sell it. Guess Ill just try it out and see if its worth keeping or not. Its missing the toslink to optical adapter though, so had to order one on ebay. When that comes Ill try it out.

I have a Logitech X-230 collecting dust around here. Is there any entry systems out there that are worth replacing it with for just basic use? (youtube, music once in a while, basic sounds). When gaming Ill be using the TB X41s. I have a spare PC I need speakers for too, so I thought about hooking the X-230s to it, and getting something decent/basic for this.
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