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Which is the better sound card, would you say?
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considering that the forte sold for 2x the price of the gamer i am gonna say this isnt even a fair comparison.
    
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considering that the forte sold for 2x the price of the gamer i am gonna say this isnt even a fair comparison.
Well the Bose AM-15 sells for twice what a comparable setup from Klipsch would, so obviously it isn't a fair comparison. And Beats by Dre sell for three or more times what a pair of JVC RX700s cost, so I suppose there's no comparison there either, right?

I'm inclined to ask people who actually know this stuff before diving in. And from what I've read the Auzentech's main chip is from Creative; so I'd like to know if it's any better than an XtremeGamer before getting it.



And I know I won't notice a huge difference with just RX700s. I'm not paying retail price for these, it would be a trade on OCN, then selling the XtremeGamer. I just want to make sure I'm not getting something worse before committing.
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the forte is a far superior card.
    
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forte easily.
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Forte uses latest X-Fi chipset, same as the Titanium iirc, and has better capacitors and overall a better circuitry layout. It also has a headphones amplifier and a mic pre amp. PCI vs PCIe, guess you already know that.
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However, the Forte also has a tendency to die after 9 months. Just ask the plethora of people trying to get an RMA on their Fortes on this forum.
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As stated above, the Forte is easily the better card. Unfortunately the above post is also true. My Forte is just short a few months of being a year old and is showing symptoms of a dying sound card (sometimes stops completely giving out sound, harsh and rapid thumps, friends over skype complaining about a rapid helicopter-type noise coming from my end, computer completely freezes during audio mode switches, etc).

The ridiculous amount of bloat found in the creative software is also another major turnoff for me. I would recommend avoiding the Forte at all costs and picking up a Xonar STX instead, which is what I will be replacing my Forte with.
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However, the Forte also has a tendency to die after 9 months. Just ask the plethora of people trying to get an RMA on their Fortes on this forum.
^^^ This. I'm in this group of people who had their Forte start to die. Months of posting tickets on Auzentech's site produced no response. Opening a BBB complaint failed because the address provided on the Auzentech website didn't exist. I finally got a reply to an email and sent in my card. They promised to replace, instead put the same card (unrepaired) in a new bag, sealed it up and sent it back.

Stay far, far away from Auzentech. It's a real shame because when the card worked, it sounded fantastic.
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I had one as well and got the other common issue, being static while in use. There are all kinds of ghetto solutions for it (foil wrapping for example).

I don't feel I should have to ghetto mod a sound card to make it work properly. I ended up returning it and going with my current card.

I also owned a couple of Asus cards (most recently a Xonar D2X). Although it was superior for music playback, I still find the X-FI card to be better for positional audio cues in FPS games. Given that my sig rig is not used for movies (I have a big tv for that) and rarely for music, the X-FI in my case was the better choice.
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