Hardware One heeft een review van de Videologic SonicVortex II gepost. De kaart lijkt verdomd veel op de Xitel Storm Platinum die ik hier heb liggen (gebaseerd op het Aureal SuperQuad reference design met 4 speakers support en digitale S/PDIF uitgang). De Xitel is een erg goede kaart, dus de Videologic zal ook wel ok zijn. Wat overblijft is de keuze VortexII of SBLive!. Hardware One heeft beide kaarten kunnen testen:
In-game performance probably mattered most. Well, playing with a pair of headphones, Half-Life no doubt best brought out the powess of A3D 2.0. I could feel that positional audio was taken a notch higher - sounds of enemy fire were distinct enough to giveaway their positions.
However, once I switched to quad speakers mode, the effects became a little hazier and after installing LiveWare 2.0 onto my SBLive! test system, positional audio had been much improved and distinct. No longer I see the advantages of wavetracing over EAX so clearly. (Check Page 3 of Alive's LiveWare 2.0 Review)
Unreal was another game I played on both cards. I was unable to discern any appreciable difference between the Vortex2 and Live!. Strolling about the infamous Nali Falls didn't disappoint on both cards. Performance was about on par with each other.