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17. Sound Adapters > 17.5. Sound Card Characteristics

Sound Card Characteristics

Here are the important characteristics of sound cards:

Interface

Discrete sound cards have been made in ISA and PCI versions, but ISA cards are no longer available. All recent sound adapters, embedded or standalone, use PCI. The much smaller bandwidth of ISA limited ISA cards in many respects, including generally requiring that wavetable data be stored locally, placing an upper limit of about 16 on simultaneous sound streams, and making effective 3D audio support impossible. If you encounter an ISA sound card when stripping an older system for spares, pitch the ISA card. It’s not worth keeping.

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