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pci vs. firewire soundcard

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Last response: in Components
September 9, 2003 6:50:59 PM

Any thoughts on speed/latency issues between a pci soundcard and a firewire soundcard? I worry that a firewire card will be slower in sending and recieving audio and effects processing. I have heard that firewire cards can process data at a rate of 200-400 Mbps, but I have no basis of comparison for a pci device. I plan on using a lot of effects, so low latency would be a priority. Any thoughts?

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September 9, 2003 10:29:11 PM

The SoundBlaster Extigy which uses a USB connection seems to work fine for people so I would expect a FireWire solution to be the same or better. Is there a specific product you have in mind, maybe you can find some customer reviews online.

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September 9, 2003 10:55:54 PM

Firewire would have a bit more latency because the Firewire controller is a PCI device, then you have the sound controller as another device down the chain.

As for bandwidth, 400mbps is 50MB/s, PCI is 133MB/s, but even 50MB/s is far more than you need.

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July 25, 2009 11:10:45 AM

That is not true. i have a t.c. electronic desktop 6 with firewire and i have 4 ms latency with asio.