Shaft, Things *are* looking up then, good. Great having these software programs to help figure things out & improve performance. I personally like 'Fresh' UI & Diagnose: they're small, but packed with info. :grinthumb Seems like the ATA-100 card is a logical choice: if it isn't getting from the HD to the card fast enough, doesn't matter how fast the card is. :rolleyes: Let us know how it works & your new benchmarks, please.