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Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1
By Robin Ang
Category : Sound
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 25th October, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

The Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1

When the concept of sound was first introduced into the unsuspecting computing world, a significant number of people thought it was a foolish idea. This was because early computers in the form of mini computers or mainframes were thought to be for work and not for recreation purposes. Ever since than, mindsets changed and sound card technology has evolved to the point, where they are considered the heart of any decent multimedia computer or home entertainment system.

Current soundcards have the ability to not only produce CD quality music and sounds. In games, they can produce realistic 3D sound, according to proven mathematic algorithms based on real-world environments (for example, EAX). In movies, they have the ability to output up to 7.1 channels (Dolby Digital EX) of movie sound effects and dialogue. In theory, you get the same audio playback as you would expect to experience in the movie theatre.

If you are an initiate into the world of sound cards, you will be forgiven for being overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices out there. Each company produces several cards for different budgets and purposes. As such, it is best to do some basic reading before purchasing any soundcard.

As a start, you can consider getting the Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1. It is a decent soundcard that is priced competitively and worth its price in terms of features and build. The technical specifications of the card are shown in the table below.

Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 Technical Specifications
Data Transfer
  • PCI 2.1 bus
DSP (Digital Signal Processor)
  • Cirrus Logic SoundFusion CS4624
Audio Quality
  • Full duplex
  • CD and Pro Audio quality: 20-bit quad output and 18-bit dual stereo input codec
  • Up to 48kHz sampling rate
Game compatibility
  • Sensaura based 3D positional audio with support for microsoft DirectSound 3D, EAX 1.0, EAX 2.0, A3D 1.0, I3DL2, MacroFX, MultiDrive, ZoomFX and EnvironmentFX
  • Sound Blaster
Audio compatibility
  • Microsoft DirectSound and DirectMusic compatible
  • Dolby Surround
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital EX
Software wavetable synthesizer
  • DSP accelerated engine for unlimited number of voices (64-voice hardware)
  • 8MB General MIDI/GS sample set
  • DLS 1.0 compatible
  • GM (General MIDI) and Yamaha XG compatible
  • Yamaha S-YXG50:
  • 676 instrument sounds and 21 drum kits
  • Effects: reverb, chorus, variation ...

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