Intel Core i5-4670 Digital Audio Workstation for Pulsar PCI cards

This build was for a recording artist who wanted to continue using their original Creamware Pulsar cards as they had a number of ongoing projects that were using the plugins and software that are part of the original Creamware architecture. The Creamware Pulsar cards have a PCI interface so we needed to use a motherboard that had at least 3 PCI slots.

ASUS H87 Plus

ASUS H87 Plus motherboard

The Asus H87-PLUS has a total of 4 x PCIe sockets (2 x 16 / 2 x1) and 3 x PCI sockets.

The Creamware cards are now supported by Sonic Core who provide an update to the Scope software to version 5.1, this allows the cards to run on windows 7 64bit. There are few bits of tweaking in the bios needed to get the cards to be stable but after some research and testing the unit was rock solid.


The full Spec;

  • Antec NSK4000 B2 Tower
  • ASUS H87-PLUS motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-4670
  • 8GB (Kit) DDR3 PC3-12800
  • Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1 TB 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive
  • Optiarc AD-7241S-0B DVDRW SATA Black
  • firewire 1394a 2 port PCI Express Card
  • LiteOn IHAS124-04 DVD+-R/RW/DL/RAM
  • OCZ ZS Series 650W Power Supply 80 Plus Bronze
  • Windows 7 64bit



Clevo Laptop Repair

This Clevo laptop was brought in as it was not starting up. It was running windows 7 home premium 32 bit and was locking up just before the desktop should have loaded. I ran the standard windows start up repair routine from the hard drive and it reported that it could not repair the problem, however, windows then decided to load properly. After a few tests all seemed to be working fine. I checked the windows event manager and it did not show any issues. I then scanned the hard drive for errors which ran fine. As a final test I took the hard drive out and installed it on the test bench to run a full diagnostic on the drive, checking for read and write errors. I also ran memtest86 for a while to check the RAM was not showing any errors and gave the fan and air vent a clean as it was looking a bit dusty.