CGO heeft een review gepost van de nieuwe Aureal Vortex II SQ2500, een geluidskaartje dat grotendeels gelijk is aan andere Vortex II incarnaties van Xitel, Videologic en Turtle Beach:
There are a few differences, though. First, Aureal's home-branded board uses a slightly optimized version of the Vortex2 processor. The result, they claim, is less CPU utilization in games that use a lot of DirectSound3D or A3D streams. We did a little testing, and the best improvement we saw in actual game situations was about 4 frames per second on a Pentium II 350MHz machine. Most games saw less of an improvement, but any improvement on an already fabulous sound platform is welcome. Second, Aureal's card sports an RCA S/PDIF jack, which is missing from many other inexpensive sound cards. Last but not least, Aureal packed in one of the best game bundles we've seen in a long time. Full versions of Drakan and Heretic II, both excellent games, are included, along with a 7-level OEM version of Slave Zero. In other words, for about the price of the bundled software, you get one of the best sound cards on the market.