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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby Dramatic Hammer » Wed May 25, 2016 12:43 pm

Via - VT6315N according to this: https://www.startech.com/uk/Cards-Adapters/FireWire/2-Port-1394a-PCI-Express-FireWire-Card~PEX1394A2V
Looks like you've already solved your problem though!
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby Pete Kaine » Wed May 25, 2016 12:47 pm

The Sonnet Allegro is based around the TI XIO2213A chip, rather than the TI XIO2213B solution. I've had feedback that the "A" revision is running fine, but I can't verify first hand.
(A number of other resellers & manufacturers give me positive feedback, so fairly certain)

Just to clarify Wonks, what chipset is your system running? The issues being discussed only applies to X99/Z170 rigs at the moment, although I don't expect that to change on newer chipsets moving forward.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby Wonks » Wed May 25, 2016 4:27 pm

It's an older Asus Z87 MOBO with an i7 4770K processor.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby John Reid » Wed May 25, 2016 11:54 pm

I've pushed the button on this Digitus card and shall report back anon.

Apart from the fact that it has the TI XIO2213B chip, I chose this one because of the internal port, which I will use for the existing front panel FW400 connector. For the audio interface I'll use a 9-pin to 6-pin cable.

Just to reiterate, this is all about motherboard chipset compatibility with my Z170 board.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby John Reid » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:40 pm

OK I'm back ... long story short, after an issue with one retailer I gave up on the Digitus and went with a Delock card instead (looks identical to the Digitus, right? Wrong!!!) popped it in and found it had an LSI chip instead. Nevertheless this is now working perfectly with my Z170 motherboard and has given my MOTU a new lease of life!

So, I can recommend the IOI FWB-PCIE1X20 with LSI FW643 chip, rebadged as Delock 61557

This card has 3 independent FW800 ports and I have tested with all three active, connected to my MOTU as well as 2 FW400 external harddisks using FW800->FW400 cables. So far, this is the best card I've come accross (and I have measured and compared the disk transfer rates) and it does all of this with the stock Firewire driver in Windows 10 (no need to load the "legacy" driver).

The "TI only" dogma might no longer hold true for modern motherboards.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby IvanSC » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:23 pm

John - did you actually buy it from that german site? How much did you wind up paying including shipping, please?
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby Guest271017 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:06 pm

Just went through a build with a Z 270 A and ended up with this card working. $28 USD/ free shipping.

Syba Low Profile PCI-Express 1394b/1394a (2B1A) Card, TI Chipset, Extra Regular Bracket SD-PEX30009

This one did not work, even though it's TI.

Ableconn PEX-FW101 1394a 2-Port PCI Express (PCIe) Low Profile FirwWire Host Adapter Card - TI XIO2200 Chipset

All TI chips are not created equal, or so it appears.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby Pete Kaine » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:25 pm

mashedmitten wrote:This one did not work, even though it's TI.

Ableconn PEX-FW101 1394a 2-Port PCI Express (PCIe) Low Profile FirwWire Host Adapter Card - TI XIO2200 Chipset

All TI chips are not created equal, or so it appears.

The XIO2200 itself was delisted by TI almost a decade ago, although chips are still in circulation. Support has been dropped by everyone else over the last few generations.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby Dr R » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:54 pm

Hi all,
A friend offered me a "control surface" to have a play with. Turns out to be a Tascam FW-1884. Very nice, but I don't have firewire on my pc.
It's a 2009 Dell Inspiron souped up with a pair of ssds, and although I have the service tag (BVN6K4J) the motherboard details aren't on the dell support site.
Any suggestions for a cheap card? The thing is probably too big for what I want, but it would be interesting to see what pc mixing with faders is like.

As ever, many thanks,

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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby maggotspawn » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:29 am

I just purchased a Siig PCIe FireWire card. It has a Texas Instruments chipset, though I'm unsure of which one. Working great with my i7 7700k build running Windows 10.
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Re: Your Recommended FireWire Adaptor Cards

Postby jahjahjah » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:23 pm

can someone confirm that the following firewire controllers works on motherboards z170 and over (i have msi z370 a pro)

DeLock PCI Express Card 89153 (its an IT chipset but i cant find which one exacly)
PCIe Dawicontrol DC-FW800 (i thing its an IT too)

and also the VIA-VT6315N chipset that is included in many firewirecontrollers
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