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RME Fireface 800 unit

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:14 pm
by orgnyst6226
Hello,
Does anyone have experience with this unit? I just purchased the unit and after some research, discovered that the firewire cable suggested in the manual is the standard 1394 IEEE spec at 400 mb/sec. In order to take full advantage of the 800 mb/sec spec. you need to the the 800 cable and you also need the approp. 9 pin port on the PC. BTW, I'm using a PC with ASUS mobo. I also purchased a FireWire PCIe card with (SIIG brand with TI chipset) for the mobo and 9 pin cable. I'm probably going to be told this is overkill, but I wanted to get some opinions anyhow.
Any tekkies out there with an opinion would be appreciated. Also noteworthy, I spoke with a rep. at RME and was told that if I'm going to be using a PCIe card in a windows based machine to be sure that I got a card with TI (Texas Instruments) chipset to avoid any potential hardware problems. My goal is to eliminate (as much as possible) and latency in the system whatsoever.
Thanks

Re: RME Fireface 800 unit

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 4:19 pm
by telemanr
He's right about the TI chip.
If the RME Fireface unit only sends and receives at the 400 mb/sec rate then that's that.
You need the right cable to interface of course but that won't change the rate of the audio unit.

Re: RME Fireface 800 unit

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 6:55 pm
by organtechnology
The Fireface 800 is an 800 MHz device
The Fireface 400 is a 400 MHz device.

If you have the TI 800 Mhz card and cable to match you are good to go.

Pax,

Thomas

Re: RME Fireface 800 unit

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 7:09 pm
by telemanr
I'm wondering why "the cable suggested in the manual is the standard 1394 IEEE spec at 400 mb/sec. " .