I have both cards also. They have the exact same support for EAX 1,2,3,4 and CMSS3D etc...the Bravura doesn't have EAX 5.0. I tested both cards head to head and the Bravura is a very fast card.
Try it out and if you don't get exactly what you want, take it back and get the Forte 7.1
The Bravura has better option for tuning the sound and just getting better sound across the board. The Forte, has the X-FI 2 Processor, which the Bravura does not.
If you are a die hard gamer though, the Forte may be the best option.
Both card have CMSS-3D so they will sound identical from that perspective...
Thanks. I know you've covered this before in the thread (I've read through it a few times), and I gathered the difference between software CMSS3D and hardware is next to nothing. No real performance gains either between the two cards based on your review. :deep breath: Nothing worse than feeling like you just bought the wrong thing.