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  1. Right. The card has two internal 68 pin interfaces because the one channel can be split into a LVD chain and an SE chain by the SpeedFlex chip onboard. The second interface only runs at 40MB/s.
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    SCSI terminator ?

    Unfortunately we buy our cables through a HP/Compaq reseller so we pay a premium (but it's the company's money). I've personally bought cables through a local shop that supplies a lot of mid-size organizations. Amphenol was bought out by another company. You can check out their catalog and distributors at:
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    SCSI terminator ?

    No, I don't agree with that catch-all phrase. You *can* get equivalent quality with a built-in terminator on a cable. Those Scsivue terminators look great and I like the diagnostic LEDs but that's overkill for the average user. I've done a lot of work with HP/Compaq Alphaservers and they exclusively use Amphenol terminators and teflon coated cables. The terminators on these cables are top notch. I've measured performance and it is identical to externally terminated devices. Now, I agree that I wouldn't be trusting a generic no-name SCSI cable with terminator (ie FoxConn) but sometimes even they can be well manufactured. I actually have a no-name twisted U160 cable at home that gave me equal performance to my Amphenol and it wasn't even teflon-coated! But then again you don't need shielding from external sources if you're not in tight quarters.
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    Maxtor Atlas 10k III results.

    I haven't installed Atto for a while but HDTach shows 6.4 access and 47K as the average read for my Atlas III on an Adaptec 39160.
  5. Forget Cygwin, this product written by David Korn (aka ksh) is way better. It includes a ksh environment along with ability to run and compile Unix code. As well, it has system services such as telnetd, ftpd and rlogind. All of this runs on top of Windows. UWin:
  6. This thread has gotten way off topic, interesting nevertheless. Optimizing 4K memory paging peeks my interest. I was thinking of reinstalling Win98SE and using FAT16 with a 2 Gig partition but I forgot I'd be using 32K clusters. 255MB is fine for a windows only partition, but what would be the best arrangement of partitions and filesystems across disks for typical desktop usage? I would guess SCSI and a disk on a separate controller/channel for each partition is fastest, but I can't afford that. What's best for two and three drive configurations? Is it worth the money to spread partitions across three drives versus two? The applicable partitions I see are: / /swap /temp /app (forgive my Unix mindset) How about this arrangement? / - FAT16 4K clusters boot disk /swap - FAT32 4K clusters 2nd disk /temp - FAT16 (boot disk or ramdisk) (yeah, I'll here the complaints now but WIn98 has a limit on how much memory it can use) /app - FAT32 2nd disk Perhaps the performance difference between FAT16 and FAT32 is negligible, but I read one author stating there was a significant difference.
  7. He's definitely ignorant. Hasn't come here to help or learn but to show what he *doesn't* know. Anyway, those stats are great! I can't wait for the Atlas IV. I'm supposing the increased retrieved data aacounts for the higher CPU usage of the Seagate 15K.3 and Atlas IV (compared to the previous models). The only thing missing was the temp for the Atlas IV. Is it still in the ballpark of the Atlas III -in other words not excessively hot?
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    Dual P4? Ever?

    Great signature Sivar.
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    How fast will CD Burners get?

    I upgraded from my 4x to a 32x LG. Awesome. Most of the cds I've burnt take under 3 min! (Although they're not totally full capacity). The things I'm impressed with are its ability to read scratched cds (I had a cd that I couldn't read on 4 other cd readers that this one could read and burn), it is relatively quiet, and it is fast.
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    Power Supply for 1GHz Celeron

    Unless of course they're planning on using the same PII board with a Celeron and slotket (it's a BX chipset right?) If you're buying a new motherboard you should go at least Tulatin, but P4s aren't too much more.
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    Software for CD-RW

    The interface for 5.1.1 ties things together a little better but it is still non-intuitive. Roxio is your standard software that gets packaged with cdwriters. That should tell you it isn't worth a lot. It lacks features like overburn, is very clumsy to use and has weak statistics. Nero is full featured and a mature product.
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    Priority Slot 1

    My bios allows an option to give slot 1 a higher priority. Does this really provide any benefit? Everything is working fine, I just like to know if I'm realizing any performance benefit. I stuck my Adaptec 39160 in Slot 1 but this gives me almost zero clearance between my AGP video card with its fan. In the mean time I've rigged an extra fan to blow across the cards. HDTach reports 6.6 ms access time with my Atlas III and Atto shows avg 45 MB/s at 32kb packets.
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    Maxtor DiamondMax 740X 80 GB

    Well to be fair the GXPs are good performing IDE drives (aside from reliability). I agree though their SCSI drives are old and slow.
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    I just had to make the same choice recently. In essense, IDE raid is only going to help you with large file transfers. For the type of work you're doing price per pound you're better off with 1 or 2 fast IDE drives (IBM, Maxtor and especially the new 120GB WD). Then separate your data logically (separate partition for swap to reduce fragmentation, separate drive for program files ...) I myself opted for the Adaptec SCSI solution (you may also want to consider the equally good performing and cheaper Tekram card). I purchased the 39160 + Atlas III. The best advantage of SCSI are those quick access times. For the work you're doing (lots of small file opening/closing) you can't beat that. And unlike the past, the Atlas III is quiet. Almost comparable to IDE. No high-pitched whine. Even the Barracudas aren't as loud as they used to be. There are some good explanations in the question on this subject I posed earlier.
  15. I have heavy cooling in my machine so maybe that's why I haven't had a crash with my 75GXP. It's a fast drive but the power coupler is loosely attached to the circuit board.