Are "combo" adapters better?



SKS
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
I was wondering if a "combo" PCI adapter incorporating an USB2.0, IEEE 1394,
and a UATA-133 IDE controller, would function more efficiently than three
individual PCI adapters each with one of these functions. Is there any
performance gain/loss?

I am changing the PCI IDE adapter on one PC as I keep getting warnings in
event viewer (no other error messages though) about its outdated firmware.

Someone gave me a "combo" adapter as outlined above. Installing it would
also free up two PCI slots, as I can then take out the existing IEEE 1394
and USB2.0 PCI adapters too.

Any insight would be much appreciated.

Thanks in anticipation.

SKS

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
IMHO, a well designed "combo" adapter is just as efficient as 2 or 3 well
designed single adapters.


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"SKS" <info2knospam@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I was wondering if a "combo" PCI adapter incorporating an USB2.0, IEEE
>1394, and a UATA-133 IDE controller, would function more efficiently than
>three individual PCI adapters each with one of these functions. Is there
>any performance gain/loss?
>
> I am changing the PCI IDE adapter on one PC as I keep getting warnings in
> event viewer (no other error messages though) about its outdated firmware.
>
> Someone gave me a "combo" adapter as outlined above. Installing it would
> also free up two PCI slots, as I can then take out the existing IEEE 1394
> and USB2.0 PCI adapters too.
>
> Any insight would be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks in anticipation.
>
> SKS
>

Yves Leclerc
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
I tend to not reply on "combo" cards. If one section fails, then you can no
longer use that feature or you will have to add an additional card.

"SKS" <info2knospam@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:u%23lVx%23bcFHA.2984@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>I was wondering if a "combo" PCI adapter incorporating an USB2.0, IEEE
>1394, and a UATA-133 IDE controller, would function more efficiently than
>three individual PCI adapters each with one of these functions. Is there
>any performance gain/loss?
>
> I am changing the PCI IDE adapter on one PC as I keep getting warnings in
> event viewer (no other error messages though) about its outdated firmware.
>
> Someone gave me a "combo" adapter as outlined above. Installing it would
> also free up two PCI slots, as I can then take out the existing IEEE 1394
> and USB2.0 PCI adapters too.
>
> Any insight would be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks in anticipation.
>
> SKS
>

SKS
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Thanks for the responses.

I was a bit hesitant on using the combo card, actually. I am getting a newer
IDE controller PCI card shortly for that machine.

Regards.

SKS




"SKS" <info2knospam@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:u%23lVx%23bcFHA.2984@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>I was wondering if a "combo" PCI adapter incorporating an USB2.0, IEEE
>1394, and a UATA-133 IDE controller, would function more efficiently than
>three individual PCI adapters each with one of these functions. Is there
>any performance gain/loss?
>
> I am changing the PCI IDE adapter on one PC as I keep getting warnings in
> event viewer (no other error messages though) about its outdated firmware.
>
> Someone gave me a "combo" adapter as outlined above. Installing it would
> also free up two PCI slots, as I can then take out the existing IEEE 1394
> and USB2.0 PCI adapters too.
>
> Any insight would be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks in anticipation.
>
> SKS
>


Are "combo" adapters better?