chrismeyer6 wrote on 2020-06-08, 17:39:
That's a nice board you got imi what do you have planned for it?
thanks, I already had a slightly different revision of this board, so I also got it to have one spare, but the deciding factor was the 512KB COAST and the really nice green heatsink (yeah I admit it, I sometimes go for looks ^^)
It may end up in one of my museum machines because it is such a nice ATX board, but I have yet to decide which one is going to take that place.
TheMobRules wrote on 2020-06-08, 18:00:
That's a nice board, they are built like a tank! I have the LT430TX, which looks really similar but it has a 430TX chipset. Mine came from a 1997 Gateway 2000 (my first "retro" pickup during the early 2000s), with the exact same green heatsink (AAVID brand I believe).
I was able to flash the Intel BIOS by using the recovery feature in order to have the latest one and get rid of the Gateway branding. Unfortunately it came with the side effect that the on-board ATI VGA does not work due to some resource conflict. Do you know if yours OEM or Intel-branded?
nice, that's a good question, the number on the sticker "MBDSAC056AAWW" leads me to believe this is also a Gateway OEM board.
TheMobRules wrote on 2020-06-08, 17:44:
One pet peeves of mine is the price of the SB AWE32s (the real ones, not the SB32): not that I'm even interested in those, but why are they so expensive? Is it because they are "long" cards or something and they look impressive? Many even have the non-authentic FM but still sell for nearly $100! In comparison, I recently got a CT1770 with bug-free DSP AND real OPL3 for about $20... this is the kind of stuff I'm talking about.
well, like I said above, sometimes I go for looks, I got some of them because they are long cards, they are just nice to look at ^^
and longest AWE32 I have, the CT3980 is one of the more expensive sound cards I got, but even for that I paid much less than $100
hard to put a price on it, it was listed for €60 or so iirc, but I got it together with a bunch of other things from the same seller and got a rebate on the whole package some items which were more valuable imo were listed for cheaper just to prove the point that yes this card was probably listed for the highest price because it was long ^^
and ofc I went for the CT3980 because it's one of the best AWE cards to use imo, so not just for looks ^^