Over bij Beta Bites hebben ze een kleine review in elkaar gezet van de nieuwe Aureal Vortex2 SQ2500 soundcard. Hieronder een gedeelte over zijn performance, de rest van de review staat hier.
For games, I played demos of Slave Zero, System Shock II, and the new Unreal Tournament, all of which support A3D technology. One of the most noticeable features of the games I played is the .wav files sound as if someone is in the room with you speaking to you. SSII and UT were just great when it comes to listening pleasure! Now, put on a pair headphones, and it is like being there. I found the SQ2500 to have great headphone support.
Aureal optimized the Vortex2 chip in SQ2500 for better performance in games. I did not do any comparisons on framerates between cards, so I can't confirm this optimization However, Aureal claims, you are supposed see some improvement in game performance with the SQ2500. I can tell you that other reviews on the SQ2500 have supported this claim with a slight performance improvement.
I also listened to several MP3 tracks on WinAmp. I found the sound outstanding as far as quality goes. The pureness of the sound is what I hear when I listen to A3D technology.
The MIDI sounds to me seem improved over the past Vortex2 cards I have listened too. The SQ2500 also provides a DVD output which is nice for those of you having one.