Extra IDE Controller Cards

Massonite

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I'm looking to get an IDE controller card, ATA133. I'm not really sure what to look for in one, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm not really looking to do RAID.
 

DaveSimmons

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Then get a Promise 133 TX2 from newegg. Works great with every OS, supports large drives (I have one with 2 x 250 GB drives in my music / development server) and promise has been making controllers since the 486 days.
 

ROJAS

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DaveSimmons is correct. The Promise Ultra133 ide controller card is the one to get. Promise has been around a long time. They will continue to support you with the latest drivers.

Promise= quality


ROJAS
 

alkemyst

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Yeah Promise rox...they haven't been around FOREVER for being idiots....

That said I am not really sure if there is any advantage over a ATA 100 card yet.
 

ElFenix

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i think only promise is making ata 133 since its sort of a maxtor/promise marketing trick...
 

Massonite

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Thanks for the input guys! :) I plan to pick that card up soon. It's $59 CDN downtown, so I may just grab it up next week.

I also hear that Tyan makes a good one... any comments on that?
 

Auric

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I recently installed a Silicon Image 0680 ATA133 RAID ($22 compgeeks) in me mum's PC. The RAID function is not needed now but it sure pepped up the system in combination with a 'Cuda IV over the ol' 16MB/s kit it had. Installation and BIOS update was a breeze. Not only was it relatively cheap but it also runs CD or any other ATA drives whereas the Promise only runs HDD's.
 

jaeger66

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Originally posted by: alkemyst
Yeah Promise rox...they haven't been around FOREVER for being idiots....

Eh, the whole fiasco with their caching driver soured me on their products. Of course, it's not like there's a lot to choose fromout there.
 

Jeff7

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Originally posted by: DaveSimmons
Then get a Promise 133 TX2 from newegg. Works great with every OS, supports large drives (I have one with 2 x 250 GB drives in my music / development server) and promise has been making controllers since the 486 days.

I've got one; it's just a basic IDE controller to my knowledge; I don't know of any ways of configuring it, but it does a good job of just auto-detecting the drives; I guess it doesn't really need anything else though. My system is currently running with 3 hard drives and 2 optical drives.:)