You could try expanding the System with this card, FL1100 chipset is supported nicely by the MADIface driver / UFX+.
I would recommend getting the PRO model, which is equipped with 4 FL1100 USB3 chips, so that each of the 4 ports has an dedicated USB3 controller, by this you
- fully isolate the UFX+ behind one USB3 port
- have still 3 other USB3 ports at full USB3 speed
For me it worked phantastic to i.e. connect two UFX+ and one ADI-2 Pro.
It requires a x4 socket because of this throughput, you could i.e. use the 2nd GPU PCIe socket,
as your system seems to support x16/x16, so that your primary GPU doesn't become slowed down.
http://www.sonnettech.com/de/product/al … 3pcie.html
This is the cheaper card where one FL1100 USB3 controller is shared by the 4 ports which I do not regard as very useful.
Especially as you do not have that many PCIe sockets.
http://www.sonnettech.com/de/produkte/c … 4port.html
For Win7 you require the FL1100 driver, Win10 has a built-in driver.
The driver uses a new interrupt model, which works more efficient (MSI, Message Signalled Interrupts).
Since the availability isn't that good atm, will this one (ASMedia, new chip) do it as well? I find the TB prices absurd imho. With regards to the ASMedia: I know it's not recommended in the manual, but since they are fairly new I wonder if they will work. Some other info. I am using 3 UAD3 Duo cards atm and a M.2 drive and am on Windows 10. So my guess is that with my X-99A (first gen) mobo I need to get rid of one of the UAD2 cards. So my plan is to sell em and buy an Octo instead.
Btw, The TB3 option card is like 90 euro's, then the cable and also the convertor will take another 120 or so from my bankaccount, which is ridiculous imho. So far my RME UFX+ isn't working since the beginning as it should. And yes It has its own port (Intel) and the other USB stuff, Mouse, Midi Keyboard(IKMultimedia) and Elicenser(Cubase) and Ilok, Midi Interface (Edirol UM880) are on the ASMedia controller.
But anyway, the sound quality is great, the drivers are still great, but USB-wise its a disaster so far for me. As soon as I begin to use all ports and pci lanes lots of errors show up in the driver program which isn't the fault of the UFX+ but really helpful to know how the system is performing. But nonetheless it crackles sometimes - sync error sounds.
I would love to upgrade to a better convertor sometime to add via MADI to the UFX+, but I am hesitating as you can imagine. First I really want to have a working solution. My HDSP9652 was showing better results back in the day - no crackles.
So there is another option with the ASUS ThunderBolt EX3 PCIe card. I can use USB3.1 as well besides TB3 and DP1.2. That saves me the Startech adapter and TB cable.
But if I want to add another RME USB product like an ADI PRO2 (amazing product!) I am probably facing the same problems. So that made me thinking, lets buy another 2 or 4 port USB to PCIe card without the thunderbolt (EX3) option. And be more future proof.
But what's best? Do you guys over here have a recommendation?
UFX+ via USB3 (original cable that came in the box)
2 ALESIS Ai3's via ADAT.
MADI - na (fix problem first before investing... :-))
ATI R7 250 silent from Saphire (http://www.sapphiretech.com/productdeti … p;lang=eng)
M2 970 Pro Evo 500GB
SSD 2TB Crucial MX300
SSD 830 PRo 256GB (obsolete, can live without it if that would help)
3 UAD2 DUO's
1 Edirol UM880
1 IK Multimedia IRIG Pro 37 USB / Or I switch to an Nektar P6 If I need the aftertouch. They don't have to be connected at the same time)
USB Mouse Logitech MX510 or 518, not sure :-)
PS2 Keyboard Acer
USB light which I sometime use
Used buffers: 256 and 512.
If you guys need more info I am happy to share it.