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

MSRP: $69.99

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Gaming Performance

We're going to test various games for performance, since results will range by a lot depending on the game used.

Starting with Serious Sam:SE, since it supports three different audio extensions:

The Audigy 2 is consistently the fastest card across the board, while the Revo 7.1 is the slowest. Once again, the Ultimate Edge fits in somewhere between these two, along with Intel HD.

3dMark03 results should correspond to the CPU% scores we saw on the last page, and they do just that.

In Call of Duty, we saw some really weird results from the Audigy 2. EAX and EAX2 performance was WAY lower than is should have been. I am guessing that the engine is detecting the Audigy 2, and turning on extra effects or something. Keep in mind that none of the other cards can come up with an EAX3 score, since that extension is exclusive to Creative products for the time being.

With the seemingly broken results from the Audigy 2, it's hard to tell where the Ultimate Edge fits in for EAX performance.

Now that we know how these cards perform, let's find out how they SOUND!

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