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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.26.06]
Softmod Created by: YouP-Pax


CPU Usage

One of the most important factors in determining sound card performance is how much it frees up the CPU to allow it to perform other tasks. For this, we use Rightmark 3D Sound CPU Utilization Test.

RM3D supports both OpenAL and DirectSound APIs. OpenAL is the preferred method now; most games that have advanced audio features such as EAX and X-RAM use this API. We tested both APIs to get an idea of whether the drivers performed differently in either case.

As we saw in the game tests on the previous page, the hacked drivers outperform the official drivers by about 1% in both OpenAL and DirectSound.

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