Firewire PCI Card?
I have a GA-P35C-DS3R and no firewire so I need to buy a card so I can get my video transferred to my PC but I don't know anything about them, like what will work as far as compatibility. Will this card work with my mobo?
Most firewire cards use chips made by either VIA or NEC and are automatically detected by XP, so installation is usually very easy (under XP).
Yes, that card would would work with your board, and since it has a VIA chip, it would be plug and play with XP; however you can get it cheaper on newegg:
I would recommend this card over the one you have pointed to:
The above card has an extra internal port, and also needs an internal power source. The power source (molex connection) is a good thing because power would not be drawn from the MB, but would be drawn directly from the PSU.
OMG thanks so much! I will get the one you recommended.
I never realized how important FW is; didn't think I would ever need it that's why I didn't mind this mobo.
Is FW faster than USB?
Glad to be of assistance mate. I have learned so much from this forum that it is nice to help.
To give an oblique answer to your question, firewire is more suited for large continuous data streams (like videos) and USB is more for shorter data transfers like those to and fro from peripherals.
Anyways wikipedia has more than what I know:
The whole firewire article is a good read