First post, by realoldguy23
Background: I'm going to rearrange my vintage PC landscape consisting of a K6-200/Matrox G200 based box and a PPro 200/Voodoo3 based box. The PPro will run only Windows 98 while the K6 will get my DOS6.22/Win3.11 "workload" - I noticed that the K6 can even run Wing Commander I at the right speed if I switch off both caches.
Available ISA soundcards are AWE64 Value, SB16 Vibra16c CT2960, and a (terrible) NoName Crystal CX4235
The AWE64 Value goes into the K6/DOS system. That's a no-brainer.
If I'm not mistaken, for the pure Win98 gaming a PCI soundcard would be appropriate. I have these PCI sound cards available:
Which one is better? Another option would be the Vibra16c from the ISA lot. But I would consider these PCI cards superior in sound quality and things like bus mastering. BTW, I will not connected it to passive speakers or headphones. I'll use a proper amplifier for it. So, the impressive amplifier chip on the SBPCI128 is of no use to me.
And a bit more background about my Windows gaming requirements: I'm mostly interested in mid to late 90's Windows games (POD, GPolice, ... hence the PPro 200 is enough for me). So no fancy 3D sound features are required, which these cards don't have anyway.