The AWE64, like its predecessor, the AWE32, is just a 16-bit card - the `64' part refers to the fact that it has 64-note polyphony (meaning it can play 64 notes at once).
The AWE32 has been around for a while, but it's still a perfectly fine wavetable synthesis soundcard, and definitely the standard.
PC Magazine honorable mentions went to the Antex Zle, Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE32
Value Edition, Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 Value Edition, Reveal SoundFX, REveal SoundFX Wave, Advanced Gravis UltraSound Max, and Mediatrix Audiotrix Pro (Quain, 1995).
Sound Blaster AWE32
Value Edition, 3D effects Sound Blaster 16, DSP-based, wavetable Sound Blaster Digital Schoolhouse, includes 16-bit audio card, double-speed CD-ROM drive stereo speakers, plus six audio utilities & 14 educational titles for students aged three & older DW
26mm monitor -- Sound Blaster(TM) AWE32
wavetable sound -- Hi-fidelity multimedia speaker system w/ subwoofer -- 28.
26mm monitor -- Sound Blaster AWE32
wavetable sound -- Hi-fidelity multimedia speaker system w/Subwoofer -- 28.
2GB hard disk drive, the 2001 Diamond graphics card, a 15" monitor, a 4x CD-ROM drive, the Soundblaster AWE32
sound card, and the REALmagic Maxima card, retail for $2190 and can be ordered directly from PREMIO Express by calling 800/834-4558.