Topic: RME PCI cards and SandyBridge motherboards. Incompatible??
I am just about to upgrade one of my 2 DAW's (after a MB failure) and am very interested in the current state of play, as regards the newer SandyBridge motherboards and how they play with older PCI based audio cards. I realize that these newer chipsets do not feature native PCI links, and therefore utilize a PCIe-to-PCI bidge to talk to PCI cards. There are however reports of incompatibilities between these SandyBridge MB's and PCI cards in general. Please see these links:
As I have previously invested very heavily in RME PCI cards (2 X MADI and 2 X HDSP PCI cards) I cannot easily migrate to the new PCI Express variants at a reasonable cost. Given that the RME PCI cards are just as powerful as the newer PCIe variants, I find it very troubling that I cannot confidently move to a current mobo. I have looked at the Gigabyte and Asus Z68 boards, but cannot find much info regarding their compatibility with RME PCI cards, particularly the higher i/o MADI cards.
Any news on whether any of these PCI bridging problems has changed of late?
Are the new SB motherboards playing nice with RME PCI cards, MADI PCI in particular?
Which chipsets, board revisions or firmware versions should I be looking at?
If anyone has any info on working boards, it would be much appreciated. If not, I will send Scott at ADK an email and see if he can point me in the right direction or put something together for me . As I am based in Australia, I'm not sure whether ADK can help out, but I'll give it a shot. I will also give my local DAW builder a shot, however I believe he's not a huge fan of the SB boards and is still sticking to the X58 boards. I can understand his apprehension, however, going the X58 route means an increase in price for a decrease in performance and locking myself into a much older chipset. Any news would be greatly appreciated.