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Author Topic: Thunderbolt vs. Firewire 800 or USB 3.0  (Read 5740 times)

Andrew Broughton

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Re: Thunderbolt vs. Firewire 800 or USB 3.0
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2014, 05:17:16 pm »

Recording to external drive, the pinch point was USB or FireWire 800 with FireWire 800 clearly winning.  Still could run out of pipeline though if you went 96k or high [32+] track count.
Unless my calculations are wrong (and let me know if they are) 24bit/96k x 48tracks is only 13.5mb/sec so how would you be running out of pipeline?
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Re: Thunderbolt vs. Firewire 800 or USB 3.0
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2014, 05:54:22 pm »

Been following this thread for a while. I just did some drive testing on my MacBook Pro which as an Intel SSD as the main drive and a 500gb 5400rpm drive in the optical bay. I also tested my 500gb Seagate USB3 external drive, but my Mac's USB ports are only 2.0 so they were clearly the bottleneck in that test. Also my SSD is only able to run at SATA 2(3.0 gbps) speeds instead of SATA 3(6.0 gbps) speeds, but I'm not sure that this SSD is fast enough for that to make much of a difference.

Anyway here are the results:






Not sure if this helps anybody, but I thought it might. I know the USB3 external drive is much faster on a USB3 port as I've used it on my brothers newer laptop that has USB3.
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Re: Thunderbolt vs. Firewire 800 or USB 3.0
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