Vince van Extreme Hardware heeft een review van de Videlogic SonicVortex2 op z'n site geparkeerd. Het betreft hier een Vortex2 kaartje dat gebaseerd is op Aureal's Vortex2 SuperQuad reference design, met 4 speaker support en een digitale S/PDIF uitgang. Een probleem met de Vortex 2 kaarten was altijd de hoge CPU utilization. De nieuwe Aureal v.2030 drivers blijken wonderen te verrichten: bij gebruik van 32 DirectSound3D voices ging de CPU utilization terug van 25% naar 2,5%!:
This scenario has been a recurring story in our Vortex2 reviews, with the 32 voice DirectSound 3D benchmark being the Achilles Heel of these otherwise fine soundcards. Since Videologic has updated their drivers from the original 4.06.2016 Aureal reference drivers to a new set based on the 4.06.2030 revision, I decided to install the driver upgrade and see if Aureal had fulfilled their promise to fix this problem.
Simply put, the results were downright amazing. I have not posted DirectSound comparison benchmarks because the scores with the new drivers are so incredibly low as to be inconsequential. I’m talking about scores like a .0627 % CPU Utilization at 32 voices. The Vortex2 problems were always the DirectSound 3D scores anyway, and the new drivers give a whole new picture of the SonicVortex2. We’re talking about scores that decrease by over 90% at the 32-voice level and still bring out some impressive 60-70% decreases at the 8-16 voice levels as well. If you’re currently using the release version of your drivers, I highly recommend upgrading to the newest ones available. As a bonus, the new drivers also included some desktop enhancements, with many functions and settings available by right-clicking on the SonicVortex2 tray icon.