- Jan 13, 2010
- Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
- i7-3770K @4.2-4.4GHz
- GTX 660 Ti
- Mobile Phone
Instead, I'd like to recommend a specific card, that I know works flawlessly with OS X. Why? Simply because it's the same chip Apple is using in all of its current machines. I have actually installed one of these cards in a system, so I know it works.
It's based on the LSI/Agere FW643 chipset which is as far as I'm aware, the only native PCI Express FireWire 800/400 chipset.
In the US, StarTech offers three different versions with the PEX1394B3 being the one most of you would look at getting http://intrl.startech.com/search?search_term=PEX1394B3
However, you could save yourself over $30 by hitting up Amazon http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Express-FireWire-Adapter-PEX1394B3/dp/B000WCT5HK for the standard PCI Express card.
Note that other so called PCI Express chipsets, like the ones from TI are not native PCI Express FireWire chipsets. Instead, TI figured they could save some money, so the slapped their old PCI based FireWire controller on the same chip package as a PCI to PCI Express bridge and called it a day. I know a lot of the musicians and music producers out there are concerned about latency and it's possible that this is what you get with this bridge. You might as well get a native PCI card then and put it in one of the PCI slots on your motherboard, as the 6 and 7-series Intel chipsets (not counting the Q and B series) rely on a PCI to PCI Express bridge as well.
Hopefully this will help some of you solve any issues you're having with regards to FireWire. And if you don't believe me that this is the chip Apple is still using, iFixit has my back, as you can clearly see it the picture below which is of the 2012 MacBook Pro motherboard, where the LSI controller is located between the blue and pink squares.