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Maxtor D740X ATA 133 and Windows XP SP1

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Now that Windows XP Service Pack 1 is out, suppsoedly UDMA6 is now supported

The following procedure may be needed for some people http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q327805

Im curious to hear if this is just cosmetics or if anyone with a Maxtor D740X and an ATA133 controller have seen better perforamnce since prperly upgrading their IDE controller drivers with Service pack 1

I know SP1 has only been out for a day, but anyone with before and after results yet with their Maxtors?

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Well i would use XP but i have a problem with the video card, it's memory size will reduce after a reboot from 2K Pro and XP Pro!! i can't figure out why this happens, must the card from the manufacturer is not compatible with something and i dont know what it is.

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Im curious to hear if this is just cosmetics or if anyone with a Maxtor D740X and an ATA133 controller have seen better perforamnce since prperly upgrading their IDE controller drivers with Service pack 1  

Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see what difference UDMA5 or UDMA6 would make to a single D740X. The STR max's around 40+ MB/s and I can't believe a single D740X could even burst close to 100 MB/s, let alone 133 MB/s.

It's just cosmetics....

Bob

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it's not that the STR goes faster but the drive it self acts quicker with ATA133, why? most likely the more bandwith available the better but you will probably see the drive act quicker and get probably 2MB/s faster STR. i can say this because it happened to me when i went to U133.

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it's not that the STR goes faster but the drive it self acts quicker with ATA133, why? most likely the more bandwith available the better but you will probably see the drive act quicker and get probably 2MB/s faster STR. i can say this because it happened to me when i went to U133.

Not True! It doen't make any difference. I've got 2 80GB Maxtor both on Master (IDE 4 & 5 On ABIT IT7-Max/ P-IV 2.53GHz) Maxtor ATA133 won't run any faster than IBMs or WD ATA100. :twisted:

Infact I feel that,IBMs and Western Digital WD1200JB series are much faster than Maxtors on my system (Not because of SP-1 Upgrade) so if someone says Maxtors ATA133 are faster because of the ATA133,I would think that's Full of S..t :!:

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When ATA-133 first came out, one of the other review sites

(Xbit-labs maybe) did a performance review of (IIRC)

the D740X on varying levels of ATA controllers from ATA-33

to ATA-133.

They did show some differences in performance on ATA-133

that suggested something about it might benefit the drives; but

at the time they had no clear explanation as to why.

<Speculation>

I think the benefit (if any) has little to do with data

transfer from the drive to the system; but is simply that

the higher ceiling of the ATA-133 spec enables the drive

electronics more efficient communications with the controller.

What you might be seeing is not a boost in performance, per se;

but instead a reduction in overhead, which you would percieve

as the same even though it impacts the drive in other areas

than straight data access.

Also different controllers themselves may offer significantly

different results in performance for a specific drive. And the

ATA-133 spec (AFAIK) did offer some other benefits to assist

with data flow from the devices attached.

</speculation>

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When ATA-133 first came out, one of the other review sites

(Xbit-labs maybe) did a performance review of (IIRC) 

the D740X on varying levels of ATA controllers from ATA-33 

to ATA-133. 

They did show some differences in performance on ATA-133 

that suggested something about it might benefit the drives; but

at the time they had no clear explanation as to why. 

<Speculation>

  I think the benefit (if any) has little to do with data 

transfer from the drive to the system; but is simply that

the higher ceiling of the ATA-133 spec enables the drive

electronics more efficient communications with the controller. 

What you might be seeing is not a boost in performance, per se;

but instead a reduction in overhead, which you would percieve

as the same even though it impacts the drive in other areas

than straight data access. 

Also different controllers themselves may offer significantly 

different results in performance for a specific drive.  And the

ATA-133 spec (AFAIK) did offer some other benefits to assist 

with data flow from the devices attached. 

</speculation>

that's what i actually ment by getting better performance off the U133 card.

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