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Old Feb 9, 2003, 3:34 AM   #1
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Default USB 2 or Firewire Card Readers ?

I have recently installed a new Asus A7V8X motherboard which has both USB2 and Firewire ports Ė spoilt for choice! I currently have a Swift USB1.1 card reader and have been doing a bit of research on the net into USB2 and Firewire Card Readers. There seem to be very few on the market at the moment, and although there are one or two Firewire ones available here in the UK such as the Lexar, Datafab and iAMaster, there donít seem to be any USB2 ones.

The relative merits of the one over the other are hard to distinguish as Firewire is supposed to do 100,200 and 400mbps and USB2 480mbps. The only comparison Iíve been able to find is on this website :

Unity FireWire Card Read / Write Drive :

Card type Folder size Read Write

SanDisk 80MB CF 75MB 0:42 3:12

Lexar 10x 160MB CF 152MB 0:46 1:51

Delkin 224MB CF2 152MB 0:54 1:21

Microdrive 1GB 365MB 1:56 2:15


Addonics Pocket UDD USB 2.0

Media File Size(mixed JPGs) Transfer Time

1GB IBM Microdrive 949MB 4:25

320MB Lexar 16x CF 303MB 1:11

512MB Lexar 24x CF 430MB 1:10

128MB Delkin SmartMedia 120MB 0:35


Can anyone add to this discussion by telling me what to make of these figures and which to go for. It looks like we'll have to wait for USB2 Readers to come in to the UK so should one go for Firewire?
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Old Feb 9, 2003, 6:39 AM   #2
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FYI, Firewire is usually faster even though USB specs is higher :?

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Though USB 2.0 is rated at a higher throughput speed, FireWire delivered faster performance on external hard drives when connected to a desktop. Still, an upgrade from a USB 1.1 to a USB 2.0 hard drive is definitely worthwhile. And since nearly all new mainstream desktop PCs have USB 2.0 ports, USB hard drives will be the market winners.

For CD-RWs, test results were a mixed bag, though USB 2.0 showed a slight edge. For printing and most scanning work, USB 1.1 is fast enough for most users. We also compared the performance of USB 1.1 against USB 2.0 peripherals. Our tests showed that USB 2.0 was generally only 2 to 13 times as fast as USB 1.1ónot the promised 40 times as fast. But even a doubling in performance is obviously significant.

... Don't feel sorry for FireWire. It may be rated 80 Mbps slower than USB 2.0 and built into far fewer PCs and peripherals, but it outperforms USB 2.0 slightly in many instances, especially with streaming audio and video. It's available in far more consumer electronics devices, too. And it can work without a PC...
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,858141,00.asp


But most of the time, the speed of the flash cards as well as the drivers used are the limiting factor more than the interfaces themselves... and when this debate is over, there'll be a '1394b' version on your next motherboard or a wireless USB :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Besides the cost of a firewire reader is almost five times as much as a USB reader.Not worth it to me...I bought a 4200rpm 20 gig portable firewire drive for about the same price as a reader.Until firewire readers come down in price I'll stick with USB readers.
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Besides the cost of a firewire reader is almost five times as much as a USB reader.Not worth it to me...
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http://shop.store.yahoo.com/datafabu...irereader.html
http://google.cnet.com/shopping/rese...irewire_reader
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Holy Cow! I guess they have come down.Thanks !Hmmm.. Maybe if they release one that uses CF,XD,and Smartmedia at a reasonable price I might Jump on it.Right now, I'm looking at some other toys

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actually i purchased my lexar FW reader for $31US. look around they're dropping like CF prices.
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