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Old August 28th, 2003, 11:48 AM   #1
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IEEE1394 PCI card for GS100K

I'm approaching the deal for GS100K, but have yet purchased FireWire PCI board for
digital video interface (and my m.board doesn't have one built-in).
The question is what would be the recommended firewire PCI board to provide trouble-free 1394 performance once hooked to GS100K ?

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Old August 28th, 2003, 11:57 PM   #2
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I'll go out on a limb here and say that the firewire board doesn't really matter. Although, you probably wouldn't want to get the cheapest generic brand model.

I think a lot depends more on your system (processor, m-board, RAM, hard disk, software, etc.). So far, I've tried 3 different firewire options (PCMCIA, PCI and on-board). The cheapy PCMCIA one I tried on 2 different computers. All worked okay but it also depended on system performance. On one PC, I couldn't do anything else while capturing or else I'd get dropped frames. On another PC, I couldn't play music at the same time.

I've since upgraded my own home PC and now have a pretty mean machine. No more problems. :)
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Old August 29th, 2003, 02:14 PM   #3
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Thanks. My system is as follows:
AMD Athlon 2200 XP, 512 MB DDR RAM, 2x60GB, Matrox 550G,
Plextor CD-R/W, Pioneer DVD-ROM, Gigabyte 7VRXP MB (3 or 4 PCI free slots)

Does that matter ?

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Old August 29th, 2003, 09:23 PM   #4
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judging from the edit fourums they are recomending that the card have a texas instruments chipset i have recently purchased against that rec and the chipset that is on the board is VIA
i have used this card with vegas and have had no trouble with it
dropping frames or anything else however i cant say that i recomend any card as i have only used this particular brand with this chipset

the numerous available cards can be had from 10 to 50 bucks off auction sites
open pci slots is a good thing you will need one of them for the card
it can be pushed right in with little effort or experience and most software will auto plug and play
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Old August 30th, 2003, 05:22 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'll bear that in my mind once shopping for the board.

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Old August 30th, 2003, 06:01 AM   #6
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Alex,

Your system looks pretty good. I don't think you'll have any problems. You should even be able to multi-task a bit. Just avoid activities that require a lot of hard disk access. Of course, it's always safest to leave your PC alone while capturing (or rendering).
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Old August 30th, 2003, 06:34 AM   #7
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Thanks a lot, I'm totally novice into video editing/processing on PC, mostly did still image processing in Photoshop.

Will have to learn quite a lot.

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