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Rosewill RC-506E - 3-Port PCIe 1394b Card

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  • PCI Express to 1394 Card
  • 1394A / 1394B
  • 800 / 400 / 200 / 100 Mbps Data Transfer Rate

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  • Warranty & Returns
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Use the Rosewill RC-506E add-on card to outfit your PC with two FireWire 800 (1394b) ports and one FireWire 800 (1394a) port. You can easily establish connection between your PC and your various types of FireWire 800 (1394b and 1394a) devices, including portable hard disk, DV camcorder, digital camera, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and other audio/video devices. Operation is easy; just plug and play. How about the power needed by the Rosewill RC-506E? A four-pin power connector is built in for connection with your power supply. It supports various data transfer rates, including 100, 200, 400 and 800 Mbps. It is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 SP1 or above/Vista/7/8.

General information

  • newegg Take advantage of your available PCI Express slot Your motherboard has unused PCI Express slot? Just insert the Rosewill RC-506E add-on card into the slot to get three external FireWire 800 1394 ports – two 1394b and one 1394a. You can make the most of your motherboard.
  • newegg Supports various data transfer rates The three external FireWire 800 1394 ports offer amazing compatibility. They support data transfer rates of 100, 200, 400 and 800 Mbps. With support for hot-swapping and plug-n-play, you can get up and running in no time.
  • newegg Onboard power connector The onboard four-pin power connector allows you to provide power for this unit from your power supply.

Learn more about the Rosewill RC-506E




PCI Express to 1394 Card
External 1394 Ports
3x 1394 Ports
Data Transfer Rate
800/400/200/100 Mbps
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 SP1 or above/Vista/7/8/10


Provides two FireWire 800 (1394b) ports and one 1394a (6-pin) port for multiple 1394b/1394a devices connections

Supports data transfer rates of 100, 200, 400 and 800 Mbps

Built-in 4-pin power connector provides extra power when connected to the system's power supply (recommended)

Supports hot-swapping and Plug-n-Play connection of peripheral devices

Works with various types of FireWire 800 (1394b) and 1394a devices including portable hard disk, DV camcorder, digital camera, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and other audio/video devices


Package Contents
1 x PCIe FireWire 800 Card 3 Ports
1 x Driver CD
1 x User Manual
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsfirewire

Pros: device has 2 1394b & 1 1394a
Chain devices together.

Cons: Not many things use firewire / limited tech

Other Thoughts: lack of device support, not much more than hard drives now days, plus most will also do USB.

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  • Hal D.
  • 7/21/2014 10:12:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Newegg customer service is tops! First unit was DOA, returned and replaced immediately by the egg. Replacement card works as it should. My daisy-chained Lexar CF card readers are back in business. And fast!

Cons: Had to wait to finish my build but all works as required now. My first impression of the card - looked poorly made, ports not square and even. Replacement card looked much better than the first.

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  • Gene O.
  • 12/9/2013 7:23:29 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a Champ (So far!)

Pros: Windows 7 recognized it right away!

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I have a box load of old Digital 8 home videos and an old Sony camcorder (DCR-TRV-240) and my current motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V) has no firewire. Windows 7 will not recognize the camcorder via the USB connection. So I got this Rosewill Card and the camera was found right away and I'm able to capture video using Roxio Creator 2011. So far so good!

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4 out of 5 eggsNice for firewire

Pros: Install was straight forward. Windows 7 recognized it without an issue. CentOS as well. Top speeds for firewire. One thing I'll say is once you hit your transfer speeds it does not vary like USB 2.0/3.0.

Cons: I don't really use firewire anymore so not a ton of uses for me.

Other Thoughts: I had to pull some old devices out of retirement to test this, but surely didn't want to pass up the first internal computer component offered through the EggXpert review. I didn't have anything as far as newer firewire components to test with though. I'd love to be more enthusiastic, but this is just old technology.

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5 out of 5 eggsFun for fervid firewire fans

Pros: If you're still using FireWire, there's a lot to like here. I'm very cross platform and I have several bus powered Firewire drives that I utilize in both Windows and Mac OS. This card accommodates my desktop PC perfectly. It's about as fast as you'd expect from Firewire, write speed was about 50 MB/sec from a 3 year old drive. It also has both the 800 and 400 spec ports, which is accommodating. Installation is straightforward, and it looks like a quality component. Windows 7 recognized the device right away.

Cons: As others have pointed out, it does have a molex connector. Not my favorite method of power-delivery. The card also lacks a header for a front-facing port, so look elsewhere if you need to accommodate that.

Other Thoughts: For those of us who still use Firewire, this is an easy way to hang on to a disappearing technology. I still find that Firewire is the best when it comes to bus-powered external drives. Depending on the hard drive installed, they are more responsive than USB hard drives, including the dual corded drives. The ability to daisy chain them is also pretty nice. The 800 spec is still competitive in terms of speed. As a guy with a lot of bus powered drives, I really appreciated this card and found it a great way to keep my devices in service.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood card that installs without a hitch

Pros: I added this card to a custom built box that’s in a NAS chassis form factor case. Given this they included a small form factor bracket in the box which was helpful! I’m running Windows Storage Server 2012 on the NAS and it found the driver immediately. I didn’t have to search around for it or figure out how to get a CD image onto my system. It runs as expected. I have a few firewire hard drives around and it gave me max performance of the drives.

Cons: I didn’t find any. The install was easy and it worked straight out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Firewire is becoming dated so this is only going to be useful for the times that I need to get items off my old storage onto my NAS. It’s still worth adding in just to be sure I can get any medium to the system. Packaging was simple and it came with everything I needed to be up and running. You have to attach a Molex power connector to it but as it’s rare to use them anymore I had a couple spare.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice and Fiery!

Pros: Nice small box, just the basics can be found inside the box. I think it is smart on the MFGs part to just include what is needed with no added fluff. Also, having said that, there is a half-height bracket if you have a SFF (small form factor) computer that you will be using the card with you will be good to go as well! REALLY nice that they include it, there are some component cards that I have bought that do not come with which can make for a bad day if you are running a SFF computer!

There is a good chipset on this card and it was a PnP (plug and play) (aka, Plug and Pray) affair for me. No issues what so ever, this was on a Server 2008 box. After the card installed I was able to plug in my WD externals with no problem. The tests that I performed were utilizing the 800 ports. I'm sure the other ports work fine, just didn't need to use them. Using the 800 port I was seeing around 60MB/sec (writing) which is way faster than USB 2.0 but not quite as fast as USB3.0. I bet you could see about 15-25 more MB/sec with USB3.0. Now, having said that, I was getting around 35 (or so) MB/sec READ speed and USB3.0 will be WAY faster than that!

Cons: The only real "con" that I can think of is that this card requires a 4-pin MOLEX connector, so make sure that you have one available on your power supply. No included cables of any kind, so make sure that you have the correct stuff for what you will be connecting.

Other Thoughts: If you still have some FireWire junk lying around, you'll want this card. It has a good proven chipset, that will PnP and run cool. If you DO NOT have any devices that will support this, or if you are looking into running some kind of external device for backup you really are better off purchasing something that will use USB3.0. The speeds are much better and you have more compatibility if you need it. Where with FireWire, unless all your computers have the proper port, you are pretty much out of luck... I also want to note, that I installed this in PCIe x16 slot and there were no issues. I've had good luck with the Rosewill brand and I would have no problem buying this if you are on the fence. Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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  • Ted M.
  • 12/18/2012 9:16:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs1394 PCIe firewire 400/800

Pros: Install was super straight forward.. I have a gateway Tower dx4870-ub318 from best buy. I had to figure out my pc first and then look this up and find correct card. driver was loaded automatically and I am using windows 8. 8gb memory and 1TB. WitH INTEL CORE I5. worked and was able to view video with same quality as my old XP HP pc . But Great product for me. does come with a power capability. but I went and used it without it. works fine so far

Cons: none so far. more trouble navigating windows 8. and figuring out whats not on the machine. and that's my error.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2012 4:20:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: It works with Win 7 and OS X

Cons: Needs a molex power connector

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  • 1/17/2012 8:47:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Customer Service. No Hassles. Thanks New Egg.

Cons: Defective.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you are still having issues with the replacement, please contact the Rosewill support team either via phone at 800-575-9885 or via email at so that we can assist you.
Rosewill Customer Care

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