Whats the diff between IDE, ATA100 and ATA150??

By Orionxx
May 20, 2005
  1. Im building a computer and I have no idea what kind of harddrive to get. I already bought my motherboard, an asus K8N-E deluxe, so will it support any harddrive I buy or do I need to get a specific one?

    Heres my motherboard specs, and the harddrive, processor, and video card I want to buy:

    ASUS K8N-E Deluxe motherboard
    AGP Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X
    CPU Type: Athlon 64
    DDR Standard: DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    FSB: 800MHz Hyper Transport
    Maximum Memory Supported: 3GB
    Number of DDR Slots: 3x 184pin DDR
    PATA: 2 x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
    PCI Slots: 5
    SATA: 2 x SATA 150
    Supported CPU :
    CPU Socket Type Socket 754
    CPU Type Athlon 64
    FSB 800MHz Hyper Transport

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Processor
    Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz
    Process: 0.13 µm
    Voltage: 1.5V

    Seagate Barracuda 160GB Harddrive
    RPM: 7200.7
    Serial ATA150
    Average Latency: 4.16ms
    Average Seek Time: 8.5ms
    Cache: 8MB
    Features: SATA interface with NCQ 350 Gs non-op shock 3D Defense System
    Form Factor: 3.5"

    Sapphire Radeon "9800 Atlantis" Video Card, 128MB DDR 128bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model 594L 1024-1C47
    Chipset: ATI RADEON 9800
    Memory: 128MB DDR
    BUS: AGP 8X
    Ports: VGA Out (15 Pin D-Sub) + TV-Out (S-Video) + DVI
    Support 3D API: DirectX 9.0, OpenGL 2.0
    Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    It would be nice to match the title and the content of the post..

    You can use any IDE/ATA or SATA drive with your motherboard.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Your motherboard will support both SATA drives (the fastest and latest)

    and older IDE technology (Parallel ATA, aka ultra 66, ultra 100, ATA, etc...)

    When buying hard drives, it is best not to mix the two techologies. Windows sometimes gets confused which to boot off of and will default to IDE.

    So my suggestion is if you haven't bought any drives yet, go with the SATA technology - it's faster and you can do some stuff with it like RAID configurations, etc...
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    Tedster's right.

    I had to install Xp with just my sata drive installed.
    Before I had all my drives installed, and even tho I got
    XP installed on the sata drive, the sata drive was defaulted
    by XP to drive I:\.

    It worked, though, not all programs/games will check
    registery to know where windows Primary drive install is.
    Some, by default, just install to C:\
    ide 0 (most common) unless you specify otherwise.

    I ended up with two programfiles folders, My documents etc. on two diff HDD's.
    Like I said it worked but was not the way I intended my sys setup.
  5. Orionxx

    Orionxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great Thanks! And sorry about the Title, I was originally just going to ask that, but then changed my post and forget to change the Title, sorry.

    Alright well I got it all figured out, And I decided on going with this system set up:

    AGP Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X
    DDR Standard: DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    FSB: 800MHz Hyper Transport
    PATA: 2 x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
    SATA: 2 x SATA 150

    PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB Socket 754
    Hyper-Transport Support: Yes
    L1 Cache: 64KB+64KB
    L2 Cache: 512KB
    Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz
    Process: 0.13 µm
    Voltage: 1.5V

    MEMORY: 2 CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered
    Cas Latency: 2.5
    Voltage: 2.5V

    Core clock: 380MHz
    D-SUB: 1
    DirectX: DirectX 9
    DVI: 1
    Memory Clock: 680MHz
    Memory Interface: 256-bit
    OpenGL: OpenGL 2.0
    PixelPipelines: 8
    TV-Out: S-Video/Composite Out
    VIVO: No

    HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150
    Average Latency: 4.16ms
    Average Seek Time: 8ms
    Cache: 8MB
    Form Factor: 3.5"

    Does it really matter that the processor is 1.5V and the RAM's are 2.5V?....

    Great so my last question, is there anything wrong with this setup? If not, then thanks for your help!
  6. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Only 1 prob

    It's not mine! :suspiciou
    Nice setup! Should serve you well.
  7. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    since u are going with a 754 why not go with a faster processor, they are getting cheaper by the day since the new version is out............
  8. Orionxx

    Orionxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How can I get any better? Besides going with a 1GB cache(Which costs like $300 on newegg with a heatsink and fan attached)

    and I cant use a socket 940 on a socket 754 MB can i?
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    You can either get a 3400+ (2.4Ghz / 512KB of L2 cache) or 3700+ (2.4Ghz / 1024KB of L2 cache). From there only newer Semprons will be released on the Socket-754 platform.

    For example, 0.09 Semprons are already available for it but all the Athlon64s for Socket-754 are made in 0.13.
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