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Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Review - Test System & Methodology

Creative Labs has dominated the PC sound card market for as long as we can remember. Probably the most feature-packed SoundBlaster was the original Audigy sound card, bringing a ground-breaking amount of new features to PC audio enthusiasts. About four weeks ago Creative announced its new Audigy 2 sound card. Today Asher "Acid" Moses takes us on a journey documenting its new features including DVD audio and Dolby Digital EX 6.1 playback. Are these features alone worth your hard earned dollars? Read on and find out!

| Sound Cards in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 17, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Creative Labs

Testing

 

- Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (18x133)

 

Motherboard: Abit SR7-8X (SiS648)

 

Memory: 256MB Corsair XMS3200

 

Video Card: Abit Ti4200 OTES

 

Sound Card: Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 Platinum, Creative Soundblaster Audigy Platinum eX

 

Speakers: Creative Inspire 6600

 

Hard Disk: Seagate 40GB 7200RPM

 

Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional SP2

 

Drivers: nVidia DetonatorXP v40.72, DirectX 8.1

 

- Methodology

 

What sound card review would be complete without a testing section? Sure, all of these features look great on paper; however, they'd have to translate into real-world performance if we're going to see any real benefit. Thus, we ran our Audigy 2 through a slew of exhaustive tests, ranging from DVD audio, to MP3 playback, to of course, gaming.

 

To take full advantage of the supported Dolby Digital EX 6.1 audio, we also hooked up our brand new Creative Inspire 6600 6.1 speakers, which, like the Audigy 2, have only just been released. Furthermore, an AOpen 16x DVD-ROM drive was used to test DVD audio playback.

 

We used a wide range of software to test the sound card. Popular titles include: Unreal Tournament 2003, Hitman 2, Soldier of Fortune 2, Mafia, GTA III, Quake III, Saving Private Ryan (DVD) and various other DVD movies and audio tracks as well as the supplied DVD audio sample disc.

 

When viewing our results, please take note that, like all audio reviews, our results are purely subjective and your opinion may slightly or significantly differ from ours.

 

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