sound vs. PCIX bus

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Thu Aug 4 19:10:16 GMT 2005

On 8/4/05, hal <hl700 at> wrote:
> On Aug 4, 2005, at 3:54 AM, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> On 8/3/05, hal <hl700 at> wrote: 
> Can anyone recommend a sound card for the PCIX bus?
> You will not be able to find a sound card that's PCI-X. A 16-bit /
> 44KHz PCM audio stream is something like 1MB/s and the 32-bit / 33MHz
> PCI bus can support 133MB/s. I don't think their will ever be a PCI-X
> based sound card.... You can use a normal PCI card in a PCI-X slot so
> just buy an el-cheapo sound can an stick pop it in there.... We are
> talking about PCI-X and not PCI-eXpress, right?
> I don't know which bus I have for sure, but the card slots have
> a non-removable bridge in them which prevents me from inserting
> the sound card I have.
> BTW others have suggested various schemes for using the internal
> speaker. (THANKS)  I have tried their suggestions and they work.
> Not loud enough of course, but I may be able to solve that.

For the record....
Here's what PCI, PCI-X, and PCIe x16 buses look like:

I also found a sound card that will work in a PCI-X slot and in
FreeBSD. It's a "CREATIVE Sound Blaster Live! 30SB041000000 24-bit
96KHz" and it uses the emu10k1 FreeBSD driver (man snd_emu10k1), you
can find it over at for $29 + $5 S&H

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