SCSI is so dang difficult.
Doesn't help that it seems to involve a lot of opinion and little demonstrated facts... But, right now I'll take some opinions, no problem.
Before I lay down some money for SCSI, I want to be sure I'm getting a "good" cable. Controller card is the LSI 20320 and the drive is a Seagate 15k.3.
What cable to get?
I'd like a cable with at least 2 drive positions, but from what I can tell, I need a cable with at least 3 drive positions so I can use a terminator on the last connector. Why the drive manufacturers can't include a perfectly adequate terminator on the drive itself is another good question, but for now let's say I'm sold on the idea of an external terminator (eh, passive or active?).
Is there any real difference between Teflon, TPO, and TPE cables? I understand PVC is teh sux and to stay away from that. I've also heard that TPE falls inbetween Teflon and PVC in terms of cutting down on crosstalk.
That also brings us to the question of twisted-to-flat or all-flat or (gasp) rounded. I'm guessing rounded cables are not a great idea and all the examples of rounded cables I've seen have been on the cheap (inexpensive) side. I've read that for shorter cables (define "short"), all-flat cables are better (or merely acceptable?), while twisted-to-flat is better for longer cables.
Can I get some confirmations/denials from you guys on these topics? Calling all SCSI gurus!