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What a difference a cable makes!
    
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Elaborate please
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post #3 of 10
Do you need a 133 cable?
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Were you using one of those older cables that only supports IDE33 before?
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of course they make a differance..
    
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post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice
What a difference a cable makes!
Hi RonindeBeatrice,

Yes, it is something to see the difference between data transfer rates on an 80 line IDE cable vs a 40 line IDE cable when dealing with UDMA /66/100/133 transfer rates.

Welcome to the forums by the way

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Thank you for the welcome. To further elaborate on that mess up there... One of the drives (the faster one) was on a mode 5 channel on the motherboard while the other was connected with a 40 wire cable (mode 2) on the secondary channel; It was my intention to set the two up as a dynamic disk, and I was crushed when the second 80 wire cable I had ate it. The slow transfer rates of the old cable crippled the dynamic (striped) disks transfer speeds. I borrowed a 80 pin cable though and I've now got the things running correctly. Check out the updated benches below. There is an ATTO benchmark (left ATTO screen) showing the single drives performance (before the RAID) and the one to its right shows the performance of the array. The single 40 Gb was running rather low on space and the doubled space was necessary, the fact that I've improved the performance is just a bonus.

Dial up users beware the pics are a healthy size.

    
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how do I find out what cables come with my MOBO
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by xsabrewulf
how do I find out what cables come with my MOBO
Yours will be fine since your motherboard is new.
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post #10 of 10
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As Bigval noted, your cables are likely okay. However, if you happen to be dumpster diving/yard sale shopping to find spare parts there are very easy-to-spot visual differences between old style (40 wire) and newer (80) wire cables. For one, if you care to count the individual wires on the old style cables you'll find exactly half as many (40 duh) as the newer cables. Another notable difference between old style 40 wire and the newer cables is that most the connections on the newer cables are color coded. This is because the 80 wire cables are natively cable select while the 40's weren't. The newer style 80 wire cables have a blue end (motherboard) a grey connector (slave) and a black end connector (master), that is only for reference of course if you wish to enable the cable select feature of your cables(why not as you'll want the master on the end of the cable anyway). BTW the extra cables on the 80 wire cable don't necessarily do anything. The extra 40 wires are all grounds to filter out the noise from their neighbors. This is required on the higher bandwidth DMA modes to cut out crosstalk; most motherboards will default to earlier DMA modes (in my case mode 2) if it detects that your cables aren't proper.
    
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