3D Rage heeft een vergelijking online tussen de Diamond MX300 (Vortex2) en de Soundblaster Live! (EAX). CPU utilization en performance verschillen zijn erg klein, dus uiteindelijk komt het dan toch neer op persoonlijke keuzes en gebruikerseisen.
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Both cards do a superb job in creating 3D positional audio. While the SB Live uses it’s own ‘in house’ technology (EAX), the MX300 uses A3D 2.0 positional audio. Both drivers have been well in the works. Since their releases, the Live had horrid support for NT, and the MX300 was very choppy in stability. Yet, both cards have been on the market, and have been developed over time. It is safe to say that the drivers are at their peak right now. As far as the 3D positional audio is concerned, both are a great choice. The MX300 seemed to create a more virtualized 3D sound. Using two speakers with the MX300 clearly showed its strong point. However, to fully ‘feel’ the power of 3D positional audio, a quad speaker set is a must have. With the SB Live, the positional sound was clearly depicted. When manually moving the position of a sound with the SB Live, it could be very nicely heard through the four point surround sound speakers. The MX300’s 3D positional sound was a bit more convincing. Allowing the free movement of sound in a ‘virtual room,’ I was clearly able to hear the items ‘flying past me’ from one side of the room to another. Overall, both cards have their strong points in 3D positional sound. I would not say one is better than the other, since it is all a matter of opinion, and we all know what that means.