View Full Version : UDMA/33 IDE Channel - Worth Upgrading?
11-09-2000, 12:18 PM
This related back to my previous inquiries about upgrading some pcs. Soltek's site (motherboard manufacturer) is back up and I got the spec sheet (http://www.soltek.com.tw/English/products/54u.htm). According to it the IDE Channel's are only UDMA 33. What would the be consequences, if any, of putting a newer HD in this thing? Specifically, a IBM DTLA307045 45 gig 7200 RPM ATA/100 Hard Drive. To my understanding the only draw back would be that the HD wouldn't run to it's full capacity. Is this true and what else should I be worried about?
11-09-2000, 10:34 PM
It makes very little difference in performance. Not generally worth upgrading unless it provides you with some other benefit.
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11-09-2000, 11:25 PM
I'll agree with Charles, it should work fine as far as I know, but performance won't be up to par.
You might think about checking around for a different drive, UDMA 66 drives are still available. Might be cheaper too. You won't notice a difference in performance with the UDMA 33 controller. CSO (http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com) often has them at very good prices. PriceWatch (http://www.pricewatch.com) should have good deals too, but watch out for the ones that don't list shipping cost, you'll usually be better off to get the part for a few bucks more somewhere else and pay half as much for shipping...
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