IIR filters are the most efficient type of filter to implement in DSP (digital signal processing). They are usually provided as "biquad" filters. The amount of processing that is required to compute a biquad is relatively small. This is what enables the low-cost miniDSP products to implement a fully active crossover with parametric EQ on all input and output channels. The DSP (digital signal processor) on each board can compute a certain number of biquads, and this is the primary thing that determines how many filters are available in each plugin. You can refer to our application note dedicated to FIR vs IIR.