|HT Omega Claro 7.1 24-bit 192KHz HD Sound Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 19 January 2007|
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Sound Card Testing
Since hearing and sound sensitivity is subjective to the individual, I relied upon software to do my bidding. It has become necessary to distrust my own ears, since each and every manufacturer declares specific device features; such as support for particular APIs and extensions, specific number of hardware accelerated sound buffers. it has become impossible to check the presence and quality of features declared for any sound device or new drivers without special software. Therefore, a dedicated sound test is required to diagnose and test the feature implementation quality of specific sound system.
Bgears b-Enspirer DirectSound 2D CPU Usage
HT Omega CLARO DirectSound 2D CPU Usage
From the charts above, you can see that the HT Omega CLARO is clearly not the same card as the Bgears b-Enspirer. While sound output quality may be identical, the CPU usage is slightly different. The DirectSound 2D tests showed that the Bgears b-Enspirer peaked at 5% and dropped to as low as 2.5% CPU utilization, while the HT Omega CLARO peaked as high as 7.5% and dropped to 3.5% comparatively.
Bgears b-Enspirer DirectSound 3D+EAX CPU Usage
HT Omega CLARO DirectSound 3D+EAX CPU Usage
Again, for the DirectSound 3D and EAX test you see that the HT Omega CLARO requires just a little more CPU then the Bgears b-Enspirer. In this test, the Bgears b-Enspirer peaked at 7% and dropped to as low as 2.5% CPU utilization, and the HT Omega CLARO peaked as high as 9% and dropped to 3.5%. These results certainly won't translate into any noticeable performance hit, but the numbers are there.