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Originally posted by Def_Pearl_Pilot

USB2 is faster then FW400.


Only on paper. In real life, no.


Firewire 400 is still faster than USB 2.0. (Check out the benchmarks, USB's ratings are at bursts, and Firewire's are continuous, therefore making firewire faster over all)



FireWire vs. USB 2.0 Hard Drive Performance Comparison

Read and write tests to the same IDE hard drive connected using FireWire and then Hi-Speed USB 2.0 show:

Read Test:

5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 33% faster than USB 2.0

160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 70% faster than USB 2.0

Write Test:

5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 16% faster than USB 2.0

160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 48% faster than USB 2.0





Don't get me wrong, USB 2.0 is nice. But Firewire 400 and 800 are faster and more "stable" at keeping those speeds going.


USB was just never meant for high speed transfer. Firewire was made from the ground up for that reason.


USB 2.0 is kind of a hack to get USB to run faster. It was supposed to be MS and Intel joint effort to outdo Firewire. They even posted specs that are known to be.. er um. generous with the "facts"


Firewire is however, and over-kill for alot of things.


Like keyboards, mice, joysticks, etc. USB works great for these things.


FW800 is faster but few devices support it.


I don't have a 800 so it doesn't matter. But the 800 support is soon to change I hear.


The only products now that support 800 are high end video and audio equipment.


What Serial etc, and SCSI were once, is what USB and Firewire are now.

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