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Which is the correct IDE cable?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Arranger, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    I heard that there is a difference between the HDD cables that my P4PE will accept. Someone eluded to the fact that to get the highest ATA, I'll need and 80pin? rather than the older style cable on my primary IDE channel, to be sure I'm not running at ATA/66 or the like.

    I'm not sure how to tell if I'm using the correct cable. Can someone please advise me? Thank you.
  2. tatsujin

    tatsujin Guest

    the 80 wire cable have black + grey + blue pin connecters

    also, have a read up on "Intel Application Accelerator", it may help improve performance with your hard drives,

    Intel Application Accelerator

  3. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    Thanks, tatsujin. I apprecieate the reply.

    By the way, I read that IAA could conflict your system. The last post of this thread eluded to certain problems:
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    I'll familiarize myself more with the topic, however.

    Thanks again.
  4. tatsujin

    tatsujin Guest


    i think if you have the time and/or inclination to experiment with IAA then do so.

    there are indeed problems with IAA but ive never experienced them personally so i guess there are many factors involved which means nailing the exact cause of instability in some systems trickier. IAA has evolved over many different versions and as always with PC hardware the multititude of combinations from different vendors doesnt help in deciding if it will work for you.

    still, best of luck whatever you decide to do :)
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Yes the ATA100 cables are 80 wire conductors on a 40 pin connector. The extra wires are for shielding and also give you UDMA 5 mode which is true ATA100/ATA133(although the difference between these two are moot)
    IAA will cause you not to be able to disable Write caching or change the mode of the drive(CDROM or IDE).
    I've done bench marks and found it to slow the system down more so than help it. It may be good for internet or general application based systems but not DAW machines
  6. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    I guess I'm still not 100% on this. Does the color(s) of the connectors solely indicate the 80pin variety?

    Are they always black+grey+blue connectors, or just any one of the three?

    Thanks again.

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