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pestyjoe wrote:I know it says X58 chipset on the specs. Will this motherboard work with a FS-Project?
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The Asus Extreme Rampage III runs on an X58 chipset for the CPU and the northbridge. The northbridge is the link between your CPU and where you are going to put those 4 high end graphics cards you've been dreaming about for your gaming. This doesn't mean that everything attached to the motherboard runs on the X58 chipset. Different parts of the Motherboard have different chipsets that the CPU interacts with.
The FIREWIRE chipset on Asus Extreme Rampage III is VIA VT6315N
In answer to your next question 'Will this chipset be compatible with my Presonus Firestudio XXXXX?"
-that is something someone from Presonus could maybe answer, however as you can see in the compatibility link kindly provided above, the chipset looks very similar to an approved model. This doesn't mean it is a sure thing, but I would be inclined to think you should be ok.
I'm no expert (maybe an enthusiast/nerd) so please don't take my word for it, if you are about to spend that much on a MoB it's worth taking the time to get to the bottom of it. It's unlikely you will get a firm answer from Presonus or from Asus because both companies would have to under go extensive testing to be able to give a 100% thumbs up. Otherwise they leave themselves open to all sorts of problems in the future (lawsuits etc). The other thing to consider is that the board you are looking at is brand spanking new, so there is no way this kind of testing would have been done yet. However it would be great if Presonus could maybe update the compatibility page (hint hint).
Joined: 28/07/2010 23:54:34
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As far as reports from customers go, the incompatibility rate with VIA chip-sets is minimal. Unfortunately we do not have this model available to us, so we cannot give a definitive answer. But as long as this motherboard has the available slots, you can add a compatible firewire card if the on-board chip-set causes issues.
Firewire is currently the hot ticket interface in the multimedia world and has been for some time. This isn?t surprising considering Firewire, which is also known as IEEE 1394, was developed by Apple ? the kings of audio / video computing ? and has a maximum data transfer throughput of 400Megabits/s or 50Mbytes/s. This is leagues faster than USB which maxes out at 12Mb/s or 1.5MB/s ? no wonder why those USB webcams can be so jerky.
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