Question about ATA cables and cd/dvd roms

By Rik
Jun 28, 2005
  1. Hi, i know ATA cables make a huge difference in hdd transfer rates but I was wondering if anyone knows if the same is true for cd/dvd drives?
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Older CD/DVD drives did not like them.
    My current mobo (Abit AV8 3rdEye) complained about 40-wire, until I put an 80-wire IDE-cable on my DVD-ROM (LiteOn LTD163). I don't notice any performance-difference on the DVD-ROM.
    My HDs have an 80-wire cable.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    CD-ROM speeds don't go anywhere near the ATA33 limit (33MB/s) - 52x gives you ~8MB/s and even a 16x DVD-ROM (~20MB/s) has plenty of headroom.
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Topic Starter Posts: 3,814

    Ok, thanx for the info guys, im not having any problems its just that i have asked that question of many people in the past and not gotten a good answer untill now.

    Had a hunch that this would be the best place to get a good answer and i was right, so thanx again guys. Rik.
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