In doing some reading lately for a new computer this fall or winter, I discovered this debate on SATA versus FIREWIRE and USB. The list below show speeds of common connective methods and my MOTU 896 is running firewire. Is someone aware of any audio interfaces that may incorporate these higher rated speeds in the near future.
I am trying to keep a step ahead of monster changes to control costs. My 896HD is now near 7 yrs old and has been reasonable once MOTU had some decent drivers. If a change like 4 channel memory and native USB 3.0 are on the next horizon of standards, can an audio interface be too far behind ?
USB 1.1 – 15 Mbps
FireWire (1394a) – 400 Mbps
USB 2.0 – 480 Mbps
FireWire 800 (1394b) – 800 Mpbs
SATA 1.5 – 1.5 Gbps
SATA 3.0 – 3.0 Gbps