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ATI® Radeon™ HD 3450 - has it a firewire socket?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 28, 2009 8:45:28 PM

Hello, I am hopefully going to buy a Dell studio slim desktop with this graphics card: ATI® Radeon™ HD 3450 of 256. My question is: does this card have a firewire? I want to be able to upload and download DV to and from my camera.

This is what I have found in a review on COMPUTER SHOPPER.COM* about the card, but it is a bit to techie for me to be sure whether it has or has not a firewire or IEEE1394 I believe is another name for it. They have a photo of it on the site, but I dont see a firewire socket like the one i have on my current computer.

"The card has only a single DVI port, as well as a component-video/S-Video connector and a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) adapter for the DVI port. ATI also has a model available with both DVI and VGA ports, as well as one with a VGA port and the new DisplayPort connector."
February 28, 2009 9:02:07 PM

I'd like to add a summary of the Dell I want to buy:

PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-core Q8200 (2,33 GHz, FSB 1 333 MHz, cache 4 Mb)
O S: Windows Vista® Édition Familiale Premium SP1 authentique
MONITOR: large screen 20 inches (1680 x 1050), SP2009W, DVI-D, Truelife, webcam 2 mpx, noir - Eur.
MEMORY: 4Gb SDRAM DDR 2 bicanale à 800 MHz [4x1024]
HARD DISK: SATA de 500 Gb à 7 200 tr/min
GRAPHICS CARD: ATI® Radeon™ HD 3450 de 256
KEYBOARD + MOUSE: DELL Multimedia Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Black - French
CARD READER: Lecteur de carte 19 en 1
WIRELESS CONNECTION: Dell Card 1505 -N Network PCIe wireless

I didnt see anywhere on the configuration choices the mention of a firewire card, so i assume that it should be already in the graphics card.
February 28, 2009 9:07:49 PM

Graphics cards do not generally have common I/O ports on them like 1394. You've likely mistaken the port in a picture for an HDMI port.
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February 28, 2009 9:17:37 PM

Or a display port. Video cards do not come with Firewire. Look at sound cards, as some of these come with firewire.
February 28, 2009 9:18:37 PM

thank you frozenhead, does that mean that i will have to get another component, a separate 1394 card?
i am surprised that a recent Dell configuration wouldn't have a 1394 as standard. Also is it possible that a firewire socket is included in the motherboard, or some other component?
Thanks in advance if you could reply.
February 28, 2009 9:21:04 PM

thanks 4745454b
February 28, 2009 9:42:28 PM

If the computer doesn't come with firewire then you can either shop around for a firewire PCI card (I got one several years back for about $8) or you can look for a sound card that has one built in like an Audigy 2 ZS... probably more money and not necessary. I hope you're not paying too much for that system.

March 1, 2009 5:19:33 AM

hi Mr Communis, thanks for that info. With Dell, the computer is costing me about 900 Euro, that's about 1140 DollarsUS. It includes a flat screen 20 inch with built in webcam (the screen alone retails for about 250 euro). Do you think this is a good deal, or should I shop around in local shops that build the computer according to the configuration I want? I'd appreciate your opinion. Many thanks already for your reply. :) 

March 1, 2009 5:42:12 AM

I know that most Mobos...Motherboards... have the Firewire port on it. I never use the firewire thats on my K9A2 mobo but its there.

the firewire chip is on the mobo and not the video card

Firewire is more like a USB Port and not a video input.

Also I think 900 Euros is alot for for the PC.

the CPU 8200(quad) Is the lowest end intel quad core.

the RAM is 4x1gb right? 2x2gb is better i think because you never know if you need more RAM.

The 3450 GPU is about as powerful as the 3200IPG which is not a video card but it is built in to the motherboard.

So you might want to look around a bit more before you buy.

I live in the USA so I really cant point out any places to look for parts.

Good Luck