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Old January 15th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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PCI Firewire 800 & CF Reader

From what I have read, firewire add-in cards can be very troublesome. So, does anyone have experience with SIIG 1394b PCI cards? And what about the SanDisk Firewire 800 CF Reader or Lexar FW 800 CF reader?

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Old January 15th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #2
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From what I have read, firewire add-in cards can be very troublesome. So, does anyone have experience with SIIG 1394b PCI cards? And what about the SanDisk Firewire 800 CF Reader or Lexar FW 800 CF reader?

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Hi Steve, I've bought a SIIG card before - unfortunately the Avid NLE we were using didn't like it so we had to swap it out.

We also use the Lexar FW800 CF readers. They are good - it's nice that they are stackable. I've had 4 readers stacked up which is great for 'fire and forget' loading of lots of cards. One caveat - the card ejection mechanism is quite stiff so you really have to push them home well when inserting cards (it's easy to not quite insert them properly).
Speeds are good - 40MB/s from memory on a single reader and depending on your host system you can stack two and get 80MB/s before you start to saturate the Firewire bus.

I did a bunch of testing on various card reader and HD combos which I'll try to post when I'm in the office.

Hope that helps.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 04:10 AM   #3
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Hi Steve,
I have been using four Lexar FW800 CF readers they are good and have been trouble free.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #4
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I'm using the Lexar too and no problems.
However when I eject the card from the Finder, I unplug the FW from the socket before extracting the card.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:34 AM   #5
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I am using a Sandisk FW800 reader...no problems.
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