Since this sound card can be purchased for around $65 Iím going
to end up dishing it a 9.0 for price. Its almost identical to
an Mx300 for a fraction of the price, if you buy retail that
is. The most important rating for the card is Performance or
Sound Quality which are the same thing. I will be flipping it
a 8.5 for Performance because it was just an average A3D 2.0
Vortex 2 sound card. An average Vortex2 chipset sound card is
still a good sound card, but nothing above the rest of the pack.
So average in fact that you can download the drivers from Aurealís
web page without losing any of the functionality of the sound
card. A3D 2.0 is good, but I found myself always craving for
a little more or better sound here and there. But it does offer
a digital S/P-DIF(TOSLINK) outlet which is a definite plus.
Iím dishing this sound card a 9.0. How can that be? Well besides
the fact that it didnít have a great price or awesome sound
quality, it did have a good bundle. Future Beat 3D was excellent
and so are all the things you can do within the Sonic Max Properties.
It far out paces the control panel of any other sound card on
the market today. VideoLogicís Sonic Vortex2 is above the pack
in offering a good useful bundle. By using the Vortex2 chipset
they are providing good sound quality for games and anything
else you listen to. If you are in the market for an Sound Card
that supports A3D 2.0, has a decent price, and need to convert
sound files to MP-3ís, then I have a board for you. The Sonic
Vortex2 from VideoLogic is the board you are looking for. You
can purchase this card for $70 at the Outpost (www.outpost.com)
by typing in VideoLogic in the search area.
- 9.0 Performance - 8.5
Overall - 9.0