Bij 3DHardware.net hebben ze de Aureal SuperQuad 2500 tegenover de Sound Blaster Live! Player 1024 gezet. Bij dit soort testjes blijft het naturlijk altijd een A3D vs. EAX verhaal, waarbij deze reviewer de voorkeur geeft aan de Aureal kaart.
Over all, the chips are very equal, when supported features are compared. Both these chips were designed to last a while (nothing like the graphics chips we see today), and are far superior to what powered a sound card only a few years ago. Looking at the head-to head table for the main features, we can see one thing, though, Aureal seems to suffer little from the lower processing power of the Vortex2. Fact is, that it not only performs at par with the Live!, but surpasses it, in games.
If the Vortex2 just about edges the EMU10K1 out in games, the Creative Labs chip does the same when it comes to music. The drivers Creative Labs have been releasing lately have done incredible stuff with present hardware, making an SB Live! Support up to 1024 MIDI voices. These are, of course, not all hardware-processed voices, both chips can only handle 64 MIDI voices in hardware, but if you're OK with the MIDI munching away on your CPU time, you could fit an entire orchestra, with their families tinkering away on instruments into a MIDI song.
There are more downsides to the software MIDI voices though, the most important is that you can't use SoundFonts (the replaceable wavetable sample format) with more than the hardware-supported 64 voices.
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