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I wanna know whats the best connection for 2 cdroms and 1 HDD

By peacefull76 · 4 replies
Dec 15, 2004
  1. ok my question is: i have on HDD and 2 CD-ROMS normaly i tend to connect both CDs on the same ide cable (ide 2 on mobo) and HDD alone. is that the optimal connection if yes tell me why and if no, well tell me wich connection is better and why :p thx for help!

    MY specs:
    Mobo: intel 865gbfl
    CPU: p4 3.2E 800 mhz FSB w/HT
    GFX: PNY geforce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3
    RAM: 1024 MB DDR 3200
    HDD: 40 GIGs maxtor
    CDroms: CD RW 16x10x40x + DVD rom 16x
    SC: Sound blaster live 5.1

    Oh another question, i know its off topic but, can my sound card slow some games ?

    thx for youe help ! :grinthumb :wave:
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Keep as is, the HD by itself as Master on IDE0, and keep both CD/DVD on IDE1.
    Never put a HD and a CD/DVD on the same cable. The CD/DVD is a lot slower and would pull the HD down to the (slow) speed of the CD/DVD.
    Soundcards have no influence on the speed of any game, a card with bad drivers could SOUND lousy, but that's about it.
  3. peacefull76

    peacefull76 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks for the tips :grinthumb
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Thats's not technically true as certain sound cards e.g. Creative Live/Audigy/Audigy2 and other dedicated soundcards tend to use less CPU Time than either onboard sound chips, or <£5 unbranded taiwanese sound cards.

    Less CPU Usage processing sound = more CPU time for AI and other game engine related stuff = potentially faster games
  5. Yourm8e

    Yourm8e TS Rookie

    I agree with Th3M1ghtyD8. Some sound cards do use more CPU cycles than others & can actually slow frame rates on some games.
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