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

MSRP: $69.99

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CPU Utilization

We used Rightmark 3D Sound Benchmark for CPU Utilization tests. This gives us an even scope to work on, and will show us how the cards perform in an absolute worst-case scenario.

As you can see, the Audigy 2's controller takes a HUGE load off the CPU in every single scenario. Probably due to good driver optimization, the Philips Ultimate Edge fares far better than the Revo 7.1, even though their sound controllers are cousins. Intel's HD solution fits in somewhere between the Ultimate Edge, and the Revo. But none can come close to the Audigy 2 (which makes sense, since the Audigy 2 is the only one directly marketed to gamers).

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