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Joined: 31/07/2010 03:53:54
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I can't remember the specific brand of PCI-e card, maybe a Syba. Syba makes Firewire cards with both the Via and TI chipsets so make sure you specifically get the TI. When I bought it there was a close-up photo where I could actually see the "TI" logo on the chip.
It shows up in device manager as a standard "Texas Instruments 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller".
Note that this is the standard 1394a (Firewire 400). This is not the newer 1394b (Firewire 800).

You probably already know this: don't get a multifunction/combo card such as a card with USB and Firewire. Get a Firewire-only card.

I'm using Sonar X3 Producer here. Very stable, no crashes. The Melodyne integration in X3 is cool, similar to Studio One.

Joined: 01/01/2013 16:07:02
Messages: 3


I've ordered a Syba card from Amazon, with TI chipset - it seems to be the one most folks are ordering. It has one 1394a (older style, larger 6-pin port) and two 1394b (more recent style 9-pin port designed for Firewire 800. The card does Firewire 800 and 400. I also ordered a variety of 6ft Firewire cables, e.g., 6-pin to 6-pin; 9-pin to 6-pin; 6-pin to 4-pin, etc.

The Syba card info is: "Syba Low Profile PCI-Express 1394b/1394a (2B1A) Card, TI Chipset, Extra Regular Bracket SD-PEX30009" (maybe of use to someone else "on the hunt").

My understanding is that using the card's 9-pin port with a 9-pin to 6-pin cable reduces the Firewire 800 speed to that of Firewire 400, which for me won't matter, I'm imagining, for use with the interface gear I have: Presonus Firestudio 2626; two Presonus Inspires and a Tascam FW-1884. As well I have an Alesis HD24 24-channel hard drive-based recorder with the optional Firewire interface. Plus other external gear (mixers, effects, the usual stuff).

I've three desktop systems with an assortment of Firewire capabilities, two of them run dual boot Win7/XP, and the very new HP rig with Win 8.1 Update version. The new Syba card is for the Win8.1 system.

So, I'm hoping that across the above gadgets, something positive will happen! We'll see how it plays out... I'll report back in.
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