Bij 3D SoundSurge hebben ze er een review bij van de Aureal Vortex SQ2500 soundkaart gebaseerd op de AU8810 chip met o.a. A3D 2.0 en wavetracing support. Hieronder een hap uit de review:
The Vortex2 SQ2500, which carries a MSRP of $99.99, as you would expect is a new Vortex2 card, similar to their SuperQuad reference design board which Absolute Multimedia's Outrageous 3D Sound, Xitel's Storm Platinum, Terratec's XLerate Pro, Videologic's SonicVortex2 and of course Aureal with their own System Integrator board uses. Diamond and Turtle Beach's Vortex 2 based boards has the same performance as the SuperQuad reference design but a different board layout, other expansion ports and no optical out.
What’s different is it includes what Aureal is referring to as a "new optimized Vortex2 chip", has a coaxial S/PDIF out instead of optical and a new expansion header. The specs also mention an improved s/n ratio of 98 dB (vs the 95 dB listed for the SuperQuad). Taking a look at the SQ2500 board we see that following the AU8830 on the Vortex 2 chip is a new letter sequence of "B0" instead of the "A2" that is on all other Vortex 2 chips. This is how you know it's one of the new optimized Vortex 2 sound processors. The chip optimizations are significant enough that reflections are handled in a different manner than with the previous silicon which caused some problems for us when we did our preview but with the new 2.25 a3d drivers included with the shipping 2040 drivers it has not been a problem.