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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [07.15.04]
Manufactured by: Philips

MSRP: $69.99

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The Test

We are comparing the Ultimate Edge to the other two main players in the 24 bit soundcard field. The Audigy 2 is marketed not only as a high end gaming card, but for prosumer audio studios as well. The M-Audio Revolution 7.1 seems to be directed to prosumers exclusively, although it is capable of gaming. The Ultimate Edge seems to fit in right between these two, so it only makes sense to test them all together.

At the same time, we'll throw in a solution for Intel's brand new "High Definition Audio" standard. This should reflect what many high end motherboards will come with as onboard sound, so keep an eye on these numbers. For this particular round of testing, we used Intel's own high end motherboard, the 925XCV, which feautres the Realtek RL880 codec. This is the same combo we've seen on pretty much every 925X based motherboard so far.

The Specs

Our test comp consisted of:

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition
Motherboard: Intel 925XCV (Intel 925x Chipset)
Memory: 1GB Corsair XMS2 Pro DDR533
Video: NVIDIA GeForceFX 6800GT PCI-E

Software: WindowsXP, with SP1 and all the latest security updates. DirectX 9b, all latest non-beta drivers were used.

First let's have a look at CPU Utilization

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