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AuzenTech AZT-FORTE X-Fi Forte 7.1 Low Profile PCI Express Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Express Interface
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Treat your ears to the ultimate audio experience for digital music, DVDs and games by upgrading your desktop with the X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card from AuzenTech. The card supports Dolby Digital Live and DTS-Connect. Dolby Digital Live converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bitstream for playback through a home-theater system via a single cable. DTS-Connect enabled PCs are capable of playing full surround sound from DTS-enabled movies, music and games, as well as providing surround sound from normal stereo sources.

Installation is simple and straightforward. Just seat the card in a vacant PCI Express card slot in your desktop and install the drivers from the included disk and you’re ready to connect your speakers and enjoy high-quality audio.

  • newegg PCI Express Audio Processor The AuzenTech X-Fi Forte features Creative Labs' native-PCI Express audio processor that can take full advantage of the higher-throughput of the PCI Express bus.
  • newegg Dolby Digital Live The on-board Dolby Digital Live real-time content encoder generates a Dolby Digital bit stream from any PC sound source to unleash the full surround sound potential of your home theater system. Simply connect your PC to a Dolby Digital enabled AV receiver or devices via a single cable connection and start enjoying thrilling surround sound from 3D games, DVDs, music and more.
  • newegg DTS Interactive DTS Interactive encodes any digital sound source into DTS Digital Surround for transport and playback through any DTS-enabled system via a signal cable connection, such as powered PC speakers, an A/V receiver or any other DTS- compatible surround decoder sound system, eliminating the hassle of multiple cables and ensuring audio signal integrity.
  • newegg EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 delivers incredibly realistic gaming audio. Drench yourself in an exceptionally dynamic and sensational gaming world.
  • newegg Built-In Headphone Amplifier The AuzenTech X-Fi Forte boasts an independent headphone amplifier to achieve the best possible listening quality with your stereo headphone.
  • newegg Low Profile Bracket The AuzenTech X-Fi Forte sound card features a low-profile design, ideal for space constrained systems such as an HTPC case.

Learn more about the Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1

Model

Brand
AUZEN
Model
X-Fi Forte 7.1

Audio core

Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit

Ports

Line In
3.5mm(1/8") stereo mini-phone jack
Line Out
4 x 1/8" Stereo mini phone jack for Line outputs
MIC In
3.5mm(1/8") mini phone jack
Other Ports
1 x 10-pin(5x2) Front audio header with Intel HD Audio Compatible
1 x RCA/TOSLINK Combo jack for S/PDIF transmission
1 x 2-piS/PDIF input connector
Creative proprietary AND_EXT, DID_EXE connector for X-Fi I/O driver

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP / Vista

Features

Features
Security: The PCI-Express independent data transfer structure provides secure performance, important because audio requires continuous-secure data processing.

Sound: With a D/A converter of 120dB level, high end audio components, and an analog design tuned for peak performance, the X-Fi Forte is designed to provide the best audio possible for Music, Games and Movies. End-users can further tune the audio via the replaceable OPAMP for the front audio (L/R).

Performance: By using the latest Creative native PCI express chipset, the Auzentech X-Fi Forte provides high performance audio processing on-board while freeing system resources for other tasks. With 64MB X-Ram, it processes complicated 3D sound effects with ease.

Low Profile Audio Card
Developed around Creative X-Fi Native PCI Express audio processor
Support for Dolby Digital Live for Windows XP and Vista
Support for DTS Neo:PC & DTS Interactive for Vista
Low-profile and standard-profile brackets included.

The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 is Auzentech's first Low Profile native PCI Express audio card designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the X-Fi Forte improves the circuitry and upgrades the components. Auzentech engineers created the X-Fi Forte for customers who have asked for a "high-end, low profile" sound card that would thrill music-, movie-, and gaming-enthusiasts alike.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Lawrence H.
  • 10/29/2011 10:16:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsRe-review

Pros: See my previous review

Cons: See my previous review

Other Thoughts: After a month since the RMA, I got my forte back. It was the same exact card but it was in pristine condition. Auzentech did not charge me (I was out of warranty more than 2 years- had to pay for shipping). Auzentech RMA came through and I am very satisfied with this sound card.

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  • Randy D.
  • 10/21/2011 10:47:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Low profile, awesome sound thru SPDIF

Cons: Analog output (including headphone) doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: Stupid me. Had this card for over a year and ONLY USED the SPDIF output in my family room HTPC (which is hardly used). Then last week, I got a brand new B&W headphone as a gift so I decided to use it with the card because it has a headphone amp. Lo and behold...no sound form headphone jack. I thought there was a configuration mistake but then I noticed that the X-fi card I had in my main PC automatically detects the headphone while inserted..which is what The Forte 7.1 should do. Then I had a nagging suspcion and tested all analog outs. Turns out they are (almost) dead..the volume is super low and very distorted. So right now its back to SPDIF duties only. I just emailed Auzentech to see what they have to say. I may have to oull it out since I have a brand new receiver with HDMI inputs (my video card outputs sound thru HDMI just fine) which makes the card obsolete..

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  • Lawrence H.
  • 7/28/2011 7:49:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsExcellent Sound Card, When it worked

Pros: I had this card for two years, and it worked great for games and music. Clear crisp sound, being able to hear footsteps of my trailing enemy in multiplayer games, this card excelled! Music was clean and crisp as well. The Headphone jack with it's built-in AMP was just the touch over the top for me!

Cons: My card has distortion issues every month or so for a period of one year. Then it gotten to be less frequent in the second year, but after two years and leaving my PC on idle, my card just died. The sound coming out was extremely low/muffled and increasing the volume also increased distortion (distortion that would come with extremely loud under normal conditions).

Other Thoughts: Decided to RMA the card after two years (1 yr Warranty expired) and we'll see how it goes. According to reports of others, I expect some kind of news/replacement in the next two months (yes.. two months.. their customer support is very lacking).

I also have the Hometheater HD card by Auzentech and it works great in my HTPC. No problems whatsoever.

On another note, there is a new revision of the card that was released last year that includes minor changes to the circuit board and has a new heatsink installed on the X-Fi chip. I had the first card that came out, so don't refrain from purchasing the revision yourself as I am sure it would have fixed these problems.

Be warned their customer service is slow and sometimes non-existent. But they sure as hell make a great sound card.

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  • Michael N.
  • 9/8/2010 11:43:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGood Sound Card When It Works

Pros: Low profile PCI-X1 interface. Great option over Creative's X-Fi Fatalty series for gaming performance.

Cons: Died after 7 months; Customer support is non-existent unless your email the president. Search for her email after registering at the Auzentech forum website.

Not compatible with an version of Ubuntu.

Other Thoughts: Warning: Device drivers are not digitally signed. Driver installation may fail if you do not turn off the driver signature enforcement policy, XP. This is trickier in Vista/Seven. I noticed that the screen can be hidden under the installation window which is full screen in XP.

I enjoyed using this card in my multi-boot gaming/photography/server workstation but unfortunately it failed after seven months without warning. I bought this card from a major auction site with an Ontatio dealer which was very helpful getting original paperwork needed to submit an RMA to Auzentech.

When you call Auzentech, the only phone number available, it usually just rings and rings with nobody picking up. Other days a receptionist answers and tells you she is the only one in this office and for technical support you must submit a ticket. Be warned that nobody ever answered or responded to the online ticketing system.

Joining the forum is somewhat more useful and confirms the lack of customer servic

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/20/2010 7:18:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTHE WORST! SOUND CARD!!

Pros: ITS PCI-Express & thats it.

Cons: Worst Sound CARD, Worst company, Horrible TECH
support. i have a 2 year Extended Warranty & its a
JOKE !!........peoples KEEP YOUR MONEY !!!.

also Auzentech, wont respond to u you, better wait like 2 weeks....and having a "Ticket Key" is also a JOKE !!

Other Thoughts: [my card AFTER 7 months DEAD! not even a year ! ]

the funny thing is, NewEGG.com even try to HELP me
and they "Auzentech" didnt EVEN get back to NewEGG!.

what a JOKE!!!!........peoples KEEP YOUR MONEY !!

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  • Richard B.
  • 8/20/2010 9:02:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStunning in-game sound,music

Pros: My previous sound card came bundled with my motherboard, a Xonar card that never completely installed correctly. This card installed all components correctly the first try.Wow....no bloatware like the Creative cards in the past (and I was a big, big Creative fan despite that). When I played BC2 the first time with this card, I nearly went into shock- hear(pun intended) are the effects I've been waiting for! Positional sounds with EAX 5 totally change the dynamic of game play. Those punky little 12-year-olds can't sneak up and knife me anymore.Playing through my music library was completely insane! Where did that instrument come from? Never heard it before! I've played music for 40 years and I'm amazed how great this card reproduces the sound stage the engineers intended us to hear. The Crystalizer component brings out such detail I'll be listening to my vinyl collection all over again just to hear what I've been missing. Don't settle for inferior sound ever again...BUY THIS CARD!!

Cons: There are none, are you kidding?

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, I7-920, Lg Super Multi Blue DVD player, Hanns-G 27.5-inch monitor, Logitech ZX-5500 speakers, Gigabyte N275GX 2-gig(for now), Corsair TX750, 6 gig Corsair Dominator ram, XCLIO Advanced Windtunnell Case...a pretty basic gaming system, not the best, but decent. Considering a change to 2-470's in SLI. Heat isn't an issue but might need to upgrade the PSU if I do.

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  • Shlomi V.
  • 7/23/2010 9:38:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsproduct description

Pros: Used to sound good but then i got popping sounds and crackling noises and Auzentech customer is horrible / non existant. and don't get me started on driver updates.
once a year if lucky.
this company only cares about money and they will leave you in the mud if you have any issues.
last auzentech product i purchase. promise you that!

Cons: Popping / Crackling sounds.
Horrible customer service / take a week to reply and no helpful advice.
driver updates maybe once a year if lucky
stay away from this company and go for a company that cares about there customer and gives actual support.

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  • Viet N.
  • 7/21/2010 7:27:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible support

Pros: When it works, it works well, great sound, etc...

Cons: Support is horrible/non-responsive. My card finally lost all analog audio output after a month of distortion/static/temporary loss of audio(look it up in their forums). They've had my card since June 1, and even though they've promised an RMA during the week of July 5th, I have nothing in my hands to show for it.

The takeaway from all this: hope to whatever you believe it doesn't break down on you during the warranty period. If it does, you just lost your money.

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  • Steven Z.
  • 4/17/2010 2:53:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsRedonkulous

Pros: INCREDIBLE SOUND! I used to think... uhh why do I need a sound card when motherboards come with a 7.1. Well I guess this is why. The sound is amazing!! Rediculous. Got Bayer Dynamics DT-990 2005 250 ohms and they sound great. Will sound even better when I get and build an ordered millet max tube amp!

All that 5.1 headsets are total GIMMICK! I HAVE HAD THEM ALL! Astros, Medusas, Tritton, etc.

Get this card and get a Audio Technica ATH-AD700 (the AD-700s are a friggin STEAL!)! You will be amazed what CMSS-3D can do to make your 2 headphones drivers!

Cons: Drives are creative! and creative takes their sweet time releasing them. Been almost a year!

Other Thoughts: This card is worth every penny. The clarity and detail and positioning is EXCEPTIONAL! Don't waste 200-300 on surround sound 5.1 headphones! For 140 and 90 (forte and AD-700s) you can get INCREDIBLE sound for games AND clear sound for music!

WARNING if you are running an external headphone amp DO NOT USE THE HEADPHONE OUT! It will amp the signal to the external amp and comprise sound quality. Use the regular line out.

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  • James S.
  • 2/16/2010 10:36:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood card, but these Creative drivers = PUKE!!!

Pros: -It's got all the features you'd want in a great sound card, including extremely clear full-surround capability.
-Comes with a Toslink cable included, so that saved a $20 run on The Shack.

Cons: I've found with both this card and also the Creative X-Fi Titanium, if you do not go into the Audio Control Panel and turn Off the Encoder, it will sit at the Shut Down screen indefinitely until you hard shutdown.
Evil, evil drivers.
Speaking of drivers, umm on the Auzentech site there hasn't been any released since July. Purely unacceptable.
A main reason I went with this company was they supposedly had better driver support than Creative.
The sheer length of the card makes it so that anybody with the stock NB heatsink on an EVGA Classified board can not fit this into the x1 slot.
Ultimately went back with the Creative X-Fi Titanium Pro.

Other Thoughts: BOARD: EVGA X58 Classified 760
NB/SB Block: EK Classified Edition
CPU: i7-920 D0
CPU Cooler: Swiftech Apogee XT
PUMP: Swiftech/Koolance Uber655
RESERVOIR: EK Bay Spin
RAD: Feser X-Change 360mm Xtreme
GPU: 3x XFX 5870 XXX Edition TriFire
SSD: 3x OCZ Vertex Turbos 30GB RAID 0 FW 1.5
STORAGE: 2x WD Caviar Blacks 640GB RAID 0
RAM: 12GB G.Skill Perfect Storm DDR3 2000 8-8-8-21
PSU: Antec TPQ1200W Modular
MONITOR: Samsung 305T 30" 2560x1600
SOUND: Creative X-Fi Titanium Pro
FAN CONTROLLER: NZXT Sentry 2
SPEAKERS: Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Surround
KEYBOARD: Logitech G19
MOUSE: Razer Diamondback 3G Earth Green
MOUSEPAD: Razer Mantis and eXactRest
BD/DVD: LG Black Blu-Ray/DVD
CASE: Corsair Obsidian 800D
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64

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