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Motherboard & firewire extension match?

  • Firewire
  • Motherboards
  • PCI Express
  • Peripherals
Last response: in Computer Peripherals
October 3, 2011 5:15:16 PM


I am in need of a firewire card to hook up my external equipment to my DAW. When I hook up my RME Fireface 400 audio card and my Powercore DSP unit to the firewire connections on my MB, the firewire bus gets overloaded pretty soon it seems, so I thought it would be good to distribute the load by hooking up either one of the devices to a firewire card. I have a free PCI-E slot on my Asus MB, so I think it is best to get a PCI-E card since they are supposed to handle more broadband traffic as opposed to regular pci cards? I am wondering, could a good PCI-E firewire card do a better job at handling the in/output of both the soundcard and the powercore than distributing the traffic, meaning one device on a FW pci-e card, other on the motherboard's firewire bus? What would be the best option in your opinion: to hook up the device that creates the heaviest load on the connection to the motherboard or to the PCI-E firewire card?
I saw this card I might consider buying, but I'm in need of reassurance so that I don't buy a mismatch.
Will my Asus P5W DH Deluxe MB play nicely with this TI firewire express card in the link below?
I am also wondering if there are any good PCI-E cards with 2 connector inputs of the bigger kind - sorry, lack of terminology there, enlighten me :) 
If you have suggestions for a different card that could handle more traffic, I would also like to hear!
Thanks in advance

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October 3, 2011 5:16:11 PM

oops double post, I'm sorry...