New parts!

By Baltan ยท 35 replies
Oct 30, 2006
  1. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Turbocache means it steals your system RAM instead of having it's own onboard RAM.

    May result in sluggish performance, also you'd need more RAM to supply.

    Also, just a little note I'd like to add. Although DDR2 does boast up to twice the speed/bandwidth of DDR RAM, the timings are much more loose/high which may result in a small net performance gain. As I believe AMD systems are more reliant on the timings than high bandwidth(Intel).
  2. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    That answers part of my question so which one of the three cards should i get then?
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Probably the 9250 card.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I concur. Just out of curiosity, when will u be getting a new card?
  5. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    As Soon As Possible
  6. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    New Question

    I have a 120 GB Samsung ide hard drive is there a pata to sata cable that i can get so that my hard drive will work on my motherbaord without me getting a new hard drive and operating system???

    If i can do it this way can i get the cable from microdirect??

  7. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    as for the "PATA to SATA cable"... no such cable exists, but you can buy a cheap converter card like this one that plugs right into the back of your PATA HDD and allows you to connect it via SATA cable (your motherboard will most likely come with more than enough SATA cables).

    an alternative would be to purchase an PCI controller card like this, which will allow you to connect up to 4 PATA devices

    I couldn't find either of those products on the microdirect website, but they are easy to find at other online store like (they ship internationally too).

    BTW -PATA and SATA drives are both IDE drives ;)

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    There's a USB SATA cable on MicroDirect that allows u to externally connect a SATA HDD via USB to the PC. It's sold out though :). But here is the link anyways.
  9. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    This one has a much faster seek time for a similar price, so it will provide much better performance. SATA II is used for HDDs with transfer speeds of 300 Mb/sec compared to SATA I HDDs with transfer speeds of 150 Mb/sec.
  11. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    Seagate makes good drives. either one should work fine with your motherboard.

    SATA and SATAII are specifications (like ATX, ATX12v, etc.). each specification includes certain features. SATAII (which was renamed to SATA-IO) includes additional features over SATA such as NQC (native command queuing) and hot-plug, as well as the faster 3Gb/s [theoretical] transfer rate.

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