Sound Card Tech Specs & Discount Prices

  


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Manufacturer:
Diamond Multimedia

Tech:
PCI/A3D board with custom PCI interface and DSP
64 Voice Midi

Bundle:
Incoming (full-game) Outlaws (full-game) and JediKnight (3 Level demo)

Price:
~$140

With motherboard manufacturers now including four and in some cases five PCI slots on their products, the move by sound card manufacturers to the faster PCI bus wasn't hard to anticipate.

With throughput that's over 10X faster than ISA, the PCI bus allows sound card vendors to offer high end audio options and features without having to worry about a potential performance penalty occurring due to a bottleneck.

The "Monster Sound MX200 PCI Audio Accelerator" from Diamond Multimedia is a good example of how the PCI bus can not only allow for more audio features, but can actually assist in reducing the CPU's workload during intense periods.

Compared to a standard ISA-based audio card, the MX200's stats are impressive:

Max Number of Simultaneous CD-Quality Audio Streams: 23
Max Number of Simultaneous Positional 3D Audio Streams: 8

An average ISA-based audio card looks like this for the same stats:

Max Number of Simultaneous CD-Quality Audio Streams: 2
Max Number of Simultaneous Positional 3D Audio Streams: 2

Sporting a fully powered PCI Controller chip, the Diamond Freedom 5600, as well as a strong Digital Signal Processor, the MX200 promises to provide the fastest and highest quality A3D-compatible sound available.

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