Recently I’ve been changing my PC setup, going from a Q6600, 8gb ram, integrated VIA firewire chipset, to a i7 6700, 16gb ram, Z170 mobo and PCIe TI firewire chipset (which I struggled to find and get to work properly).
I’m still using my Fireface 400 that gave me no problem so far, but I didn’t saw the improvement I expected by changing CPU using Cubase. I get a high load of VST performance even when my CPU is not pushed hard (with my old configuration I noticed my CPU utilization was pretty full when VST performance was reached maximum) and get random dropouts even at high buffer size.
I’m starting to think that could be due to a bad firewire compatibility or connection, since I had problems to get it to work on this new PC. Could this be the reason? Would I get better performance trying a USB sound card?