It might be stretching the point a bit to say that the Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile sound card is the first designed for music, HTPCs and gaming, but it certainly has a talent with small form factor systems.  At barely 2″ wide and 6″ long, as well as lacking EMI shielding the card looks minuscule next to its bigger X-Fi brothers, a good sign for HTPC builders.  Overclock3D felt that the card could provide sound of a quality on par with the Asus Xonar Essence STX, so the lack of size and shielding did not impact the card’s sound in a negative manner.

“Claiming to be the worlds first soundcard for music, HTPC and gaming, the Forte makes big claims from a tiny card. Can it live up to our high standards? Read on…”

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