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The better question: What will I plug in to those 12 SATA ports? AFAIK nobody is shipping a SATA drive yet.

I guess I could pretend I had an in-case tentacle monster or something...

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The better question: What will I plug in to those 12 SATA ports? AFAIK nobody is shipping a SATA drive yet.

I guess I could pretend I had an in-case tentacle monster or something...

Take a closer look at 3ware_04.jpg in the original post... :)

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These devices use Marvell sata bridge ICs. I will be interested to see how their performance compares with native serial ata devices.

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The better question: What will I plug in to those 12 SATA ports? AFAIK nobody is shipping a SATA drive yet.

I guess I could pretend I had an in-case tentacle monster or something...

The card you are tlaking about is a 12 drive ATA133 card. There is also a picture of an PATA to SATA converter.

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Tentacle monster either way. And with the cabling limitations of ATA133, I'd have to what case 3ware is expecting you to put that monster in.

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That should be "hate to guess". I'm an idiot.

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Jeeze thats a lot of drives to pack in, along with the breathing room (even with the ribbon cables now gone), and the cable length limitations on ATA133.

What is the cable length limit on 133? How about SATA?

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What is the cable length limit on 133? How about SATA?

ATA/66 and abov eis 18" 3Ware sells 36" ATA cables though, and I expect they work.

As for SATA, it's something like 2 meters, as I recall though I'm currently too lazy to look it up. I'm less worried about the absolute length as I am about the cable size. It's a whole lot easier to get 8 drives within 18" of a card if the cables are the size of SATA than it is to get that many drives within 18" using knobby huge PATA cables.

I still like SCSI for its ability to take a single cable that keeps going and going and going, but for the novice, plugging one cable per drive into the drive and the motherboard is nice and simple. No termination, no master/slave, nothing to worry about. I don't expect SATA to bring about much of an increase in speed, but by all accounts it will be markedly more user-friendly.

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What is the cable length limit on 133? How about SATA?

ATA/66 and abov eis 18" 3Ware sells 36" ATA cables though, and I expect they work.

As for SATA, it's something like 2 meters, as I recall though I'm currently too lazy to look it up. I'm less worried about the absolute length as I am about the cable size. It's a whole lot easier to get 8 drives within 18" of a card if the cables are the size of SATA than it is to get that many drives within 18" using knobby huge PATA cables.

I still like SCSI for its ability to take a single cable that keeps going and going and going, but for the novice, plugging one cable per drive into the drive and the motherboard is nice and simple. No termination, no master/slave, nothing to worry about. I don't expect SATA to bring about much of an increase in speed, but by all accounts it will be markedly more user-friendly.

Going by the ATA-6 spec and Serial ATA spec, cable lenghts are 18" for PATA and 1 meter for SATA

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lol i left out the grand finale:

http://watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/2002/05...14/3ware_10.jpg

12, count em, 12 ATA 133 ports :D

*sings that sesame street tune*

1 2 3 4, 5, 6 7 8 9, 10, 11 12! ;)

Sweet! I'd rather see a 12 channel SATA with include IDE/SATA converters though. It's hard enough running 8 cables to the 7800's. 12 would be miserable.

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