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Hi all, I'm upgrading my old Q6600 quad core daw to a 3770k based system. Right now my interface is the Konnekt48 which is firewire. My current mobo has firewire built in but most newer 3770k mobos don't have firewire. None of the Asus boards do. There's a gigabyte board which does but I'm partial to Asus so my question is: Is it better to have a mobo with onboard firewire or do firewire cards perform just as well? I'm very happy with the Konnekt48 so I'm not going to replace my interface and would be happy to go with Asus with an add-on firewire card if there shouldn't be any issues.
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Firewire is supposed to only work well with TI chipsets, so do you know what cs the Gigabyte board uses?
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Not offhand but I've heard the same. Fwiw, I've used firewire with TI, via and some other fw chipset and have never really had an issue. I think the "firewire chipset" concern is almost moot these days with the faster processors and newer daws.
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I think the "firewire chipset" concern is almost moot these days with the faster processors and newer daws.
It isn't, it's still an issue dependent on your interface.

The Gigabyte mobo I have atm runs a Ti FW chip, but it's for an AMD socket, so that won't help you much. From memory they list the chipset on their website though.

I'd recommend most GB mobo's btw. Their mid-high range gear is excellent imo.
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Good point, and the UD5H mobo has a lot of great features as well, just looked it up. Think we have a winner.
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A few months ago, Gigabyte still had micro ATX AMD board which has a TI FW chip on the board, but I don't see that anymore. So, ASUS and Gigabyte all replaced the FW chip with VIA chip.

VIA chip works pretty well with FW interfaces from RME and some Focusrite, but may not be true with other FW interfaces. So, it's safer to buy FW controller card on PCIe slot, that has TI chip. I recommend SIIG, although I have no troubles with Syba cards as well.
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I believe I have a via chipset on my current mobo with no issues with my Q6600 so I'm probably safe with the via chipset in any case...
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Via works fine most of the time.
If you need a PCIe card, most with a TI chip work troublefree.
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