4-pin's are really small, like the size of a headphone jack and 6-pins are bigger, like the size of a USB jack
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8/13/04 at 2:07am
Originally Posted by MagicRobin
What everyone sais about Firewire being better. However, there's a small comment I'd like to make:
Firewire = IEEE 1394. But Firewire is notiLink. Actually, iLink is always a 4-pin connector (Firewire with no bus-powered function), just as DV. So there is an actual difference.
If a computer has an iLink port, you'll have a mini 4-pin connector, always, and if it has a Firewire port, it should have a 6-pin connector like on Apple PowerBooks. However, what is complicated is that the port is not always powered even though it is a 6-pin; I remember the Sager 8890 had such a port.
9-pin Firewire? Never heard of it. Is it the new Firewire.b format?
Umm... Yeah, finally, you were right - it is a real mess with names.
Originally Posted by Percius
Firewire b (i think) is already out and runs at 800, which is faster then USB2.0. Either way you are still going to be limited by the PCI bus. I personally just dont trust usb for High Speed Tasks. It never seems to be anywhere near the speeds listed.
Listed as firewire next on image above.