A question for Neal about Firewire PCIe boards WRT Skylake & Win10 pro?

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It's time for me to build a new machine to run my 5000a.  ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero, 32 GB G.Skill, Skylake I7-6700K, Gigabyte GTX970, Win10/64 Pro...

It needs a Firewire add-on card.  Flex recommends the SIIG:


The latest information that I have gotten, says that doesn't work.  I have these two newer cards:



Any and all recommendations are appreciated.


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Neal - K3NC, Elmer

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This is the one that works with the Skylake northgate/southgate chipset:
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I can double confirm Neal's endorsement of the SIIG PCI express firewire card.  I purchased this card from Amazon and my Flex-5000 appears to be working normally on all 48, 96 and 192 widths.  I took the "SIIG" sticker off the chip and confirmed the TI chipset, XI02213 for FW 800. (SIIG NN-E38012-S3)

This is installed on my new Skylake build, I7-6700K / Asus Maximus Extreme VIII MB / Win10 Pro.  The extra power connector is also connected.  I used the drivers built into WIN10 pro, did not install the 800 driver that came with the card.  Documentation did not say anything about windows 10 compatibility, but it came up fine.

I tried another "800" PCI express fire wire card from StarTech, PEX1394B3, thinking that having any firewire card with firewire 800 would work.  Well it started out ok, but once I started messing around and changing things, it started giving me fits...  I think someone on Amazon rated this card as working, but perhaps that was only under windows 7.

I will update more if I run into any problems.

73 and GL - KM0T
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Thank you (and Neal) for the information.  I took off the label on the Flex recommended FW card and found it was a TI XIO2200A part.  I'll toss it into the trash.  My two other cards have TI XIO2213BZAY chips.