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This review is from: Sonnet Technologies FW8USB3A-E
Pros: I wanted to transfer our "old" MiniDV tapes to a newer PC; however, our new machines no longer have FireWire ports... so, I needed to find a FireWire PCI-e card and this one suits the bill with the benefit of also adds a couple additional USB 3.0 ports. Though I didn't really need the additional USB port capacity, for me, it kept the card from becoming a one-trick pony and otherwise superfluous at the completion of the project. That said, the card works beautifully - it was easy install, I had no issues at all.
Cons: Non - I'm super glad that manufacturers are still fulfilling the need in this space.
Other Thoughts: If you need a FireWire port, there are two standards: the 400mbs 1394a and 800mbs 1394b. They use different connectors, so you'll want to ensure you have the cable that matches your chosen FireWire version. (Said differently, unlike USB, the FireWire versions do not feature backwards-compatible ports.)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SoNNeT FWUSB2A-E USB/FireWire Combo Adapter PCI Express (PCIe) x1
Pros: The "Egg Rating" for this card is not specific to the card. I'm writing this review to highlight the description for this card is incorrect - it is a IEEE-1394a (400mb) card and not IEEE-1394b (800mb). Aside from the speed of the interface, this makes a difference in the cable you'll need.
Cons: IIEEE-1394 is 400mb and IEEE-1394b is 800mb -- it is important to note these two Firewire standards require different cables.
Other Thoughts: I ordered based upon the description and then needed to RMA the card. That was good and handled well; however, I see the product description has not been updated. I'm guessing there aren't too many people buying these -- but if you are, please look at this card at the vendor's site for its specifications.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Tripp Lite F019-006 6 ft. IEEE-1394b FireWire 800 Gold Hi-Speed 9pin/4pin Cable M-M
Pros: I'm digitizing (transferring) old mini DV videos from our camcorder. Firewire (1394) is old enough now that I didn't have a 1394 port on my computer, so I added a 1394b PCI-e card and ordered this cable. Bottom line: this cable works great; supports both data transfer and camera control with zero issues. This is an aged port standard -- being able to still acquire a decent quality cable was a pleasant surprise.
Cons: No cons --
Other Thoughts: Good quality cable at a reasonable price.READ FULL REVIEW