I would get an ExpressCard 54/34 Firewire controller even if the laptop had a TI controller, the ExpressCard slot bypasses the PCH/Southbridge/Ibex Peak altogether so you have a much more direct link and don't have to share it with other connections.
Have decided on a laptop with a RICOH firewire chipset. Can anyone tell me if the above statement about a direct link is true.
Some people say that the RICOH chipset will control the express card slot, so that even if I get a Texas Instruments express card, its performance will be curtailed by the inferior RICOH chipset.
Can anyone with definite knowledge answer this question for good?