Auzentech Launches X-Fi Forte Low Profile Sound Card
Picking add-in boards for sleek HTPC systems can sometimes be a chore, as you are often limited to low-profile options that may compromise performance. Auzentech may be familiar to you as the only 3rd part company to make use of Creative's X-Fi audio processor, and the low profile X-Fi Forte card follows in those footsteps. Features include a PCIe interface and upgraded components and circuitry compared with the reference X-Fi design. The card offers digital and headphone outputs along with a 15pin D-SUB connector with I/O cable to handle all the analogue outputs you'd usually get on a full size card. You also get support for Dolby Digital Live, DTS Neo:PC and DTS Interactive. Sounds like it could have potential for those looking for a full featured card in a tight spot, as long as you don't mind the $149.99 asking price.