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« on: February 18, 2012, 04:08:34 PM »

I thought some of you might find this amusing.  Smiley

ASRock and Creative team up to bring you the new Game Blaster (bundled product for ASRock Motherboards).



It's a sound card and LAN card!  This really seems like something only a motherboard manufacturer could come up with.  To be fair, I'm sure it's better then regular on-board audio.  Also, they say it has some mode that allows you to hear your enemies from farther away in games!  LOL

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ASRock X79 Extreme9 motherboard link.

On a semi-random note, I've always been a user of ASUS motherboards.
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2012, 08:57:00 PM »

Does it come with the Phillips FM chips? Or do I have to get me an EEPROM programmer and do it myself? Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 01:16:06 PM »

I'm sure some gamers would find that attractive, something of a 2 for 1 deal.  There is a lot of value in that little card.

The original game blaster was innovative in its own way because it was the first PC sound card to support stereo sound.

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Does it come with the Phillips FM chips? Or do I have to get me an EEPROM programmer and do it myself?

The Phillips chips did not rely on FM technology which we usually associate with an Adlib and the OPL chips. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 09:49:44 PM »

Lighten up man. Didn't you notice I was joking? * rolls eyes * Roll Eyes 

Anyway I just noticed Andrew said Asrock instead of Asus. Never seen Asrock offer something like this before (then again I don't follow their every move). I've noticed they sometimes go out their way with nice little add-ons for some of their models. Things that you wouldn't find in other motherboards at the same price range. For example, they had a model that came with an optional card that provided HDMI and DVI ports to extend the output options of the onboard graphics (the motherboard had only VGA). You might think it's not a big deal, but when you see they've kept all that MB realstate with a full array of USB ports, e-sata, and additional audio ports, then the little card become a really nice perk.



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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 02:48:16 AM »

Yeah, I wonder if they were even aware of the original Game Blaster when they made this.  I assume so.  Either way I think it's pretty funny! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 06:17:32 PM »

I give it a thumb up for happy nostalgia.   Wink
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