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List of motherboards with SB-link (PC/PCI) header

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Reply 101 of 108, by Dant

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There appears to be solder pads for SB-Link on the Intel D850EMV2. Its the right configuration of pins and given its proximity to the ICH2, I'm inclined to think its PC/PCI.

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Reply 103 of 108, by greasemonkey90s

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ShovelKnight wrote on 2020-04-05, 14:42:

According to the manual, AOpen AP5TC is a rare Socket 7 motherboard (i430TX) with an SB-Link header.

I must be special then. Came up on that board in a motherboard lot. Yes your right it indeed does have sb-link. Almost feels kinda useless when it has isa slots already. Either way its a interesting board i hope can work with a 266 Tillamook.

Reply 105 of 108, by Joseph_Joestar

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I have recently acquired a new retro rig with the Abit ZM6 motherboard and can confirm that it has a working SB-Link header. This motherboard is based on the Intel 440ZX chipset (socket 370).

Just tested it with my Yamaha YMF724 and SB-Link worked perfectly.

Installing DOS drivers on an Audigy2 ZS
Using Audigy drivers with a Sound Blaster Live 5.1
OPL3 vs. CQM vs. SBLive emulated FM synth
OPTi 82c930 review

Reply 107 of 108, by Joseph_Joestar

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Velociraptor wrote on 2020-06-27, 17:31:

What does the SB-Link do for us?

Connecting a PCI sound card to the motherboard using SB-Link improves its compatibility with DOS games.

Broadly speaking, PCI sound cards use either SB-Link, DDMA or a TSR program to function under DOS. In terms of compatibility, SB-Link tends to give the best results followed closely by DDMA. Compatibility using a TSR program can be hit or miss, varying largely between games.

Installing DOS drivers on an Audigy2 ZS
Using Audigy drivers with a Sound Blaster Live 5.1
OPL3 vs. CQM vs. SBLive emulated FM synth
OPTi 82c930 review