which creative card?

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which creative card?

Postby ideasman69 » 2018-9-10 @ 03:15

Hi all,

I've found a source of old ISA cards at pretty good prices and was wondering which i'm best to go for? I've searched for the majority of them on here and i think i'm best off with the CT2230?

Just wondering if anyone has any input / thoughts / advice? I'm just playing the odd dos game on an old Pentium 2 233.

  • Creative CT1740
  • Creative CT2230
  • Creative CT2501
  • Creative CT2770
  • Creative CT2800
  • Creative CT2810
  • Creative CT2900
  • Creative CT2910
  • Creative CT2940
  • Creative CT2960
  • Creative CT3600 
  • Creative CT4130 
  • Creative CT4170
  • Creative CT4180

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Re: which creative card?

Postby stamasd » 2018-9-10 @ 03:35

I have a CT2230 and I consider it a decent card, not much noise. It does have the hanging note bug, it may matter to you or not depending on what you plan to do with it. I also have a CT1740, that one's noisier but if you can find one with DSP revision 4.05 it will not have the above bug. CT2940 - Creative sold several different cards under this model number. If you find one with a real OPL3 chip that would be a good one also.
I think the 2770 is a cut-down version of the 2230 without the wavetable header. I never had one of those.
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Re: which creative card?

Postby ideasman69 » 2018-9-10 @ 04:20

Thanks for the reply!

Good to know. If i'm looking for "a real OPL3" - is this chip all i'm looking for?

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Re: which creative card?

Postby SW-SSG » 2018-9-10 @ 04:59

^Correct, YMF262 or YMF289 are authentic OPL3 chips.
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Re: which creative card?

Postby gdjacobs » 2018-9-10 @ 13:30

The CT1747 bus chip also has a genuine OPL3 onboard.
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Re: which creative card?

Postby stamasd » 2018-9-10 @ 13:59

gdjacobs wrote:The CT1747 bus chip also has a genuine OPL3 onboard.


Correct, and that's what is used in the CT2230 and CT2770 I mentioned above. It has "OPL" written on it.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... CT2230.jpg
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Re: which creative card?

Postby Error 0x7CF » 2018-9-10 @ 14:48

CT2230 has the type-2 hanging note bug: https://www.vogonswiki.com/index.php/Hanging_note_bug

So it's not really that much of a problem. Type-1 is the really bad one that most people talk about. I've heard Type-2 is pretty rare to trigger.
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