Originally Posted by Monkey
yea, they might be faster for boot time and some load speeds, but I don't think it warrant me buying a new HD yet. unless it will drastically reduce load time. Although the cable difference would be good for airflow and temp regulation.
If you dont need the space then youre fine. But when you do need more space dont get another pata go ahead and move to sata...you will see the difference and wont want to go back.
Just keep the drive defragmented frequently for best performance.
Originally Posted by saltynay
I agree with you to a point however i don't believe pata harddrives have not advanced any further then sata drives were 3 years ago, when the bandwidth is not fully utilised. Agp is a limitation as its reached its peak bandwidth with the nvidia 7 series so pci-e had to be used to make faster cards. Thats a very old school pata cable the rounded ones are much better and old straight ones can be easily modded with a knife and some electricians tape to make them rounded.
I dont get what you are trying to debate.
pata is stuck at 133mb/s and has been for years...its old and being phased out. Most mobos only have a single ata channel and some have only sata.
sata comes in two speeds, sata 1.5gbit/s and sata 3.0gbit/s. The new specification will double it again to 6.0gbit/s.
Also, pata is limited to four devices. sata is not...most mobos have four, six, or even 8 connectors built in.
Yes hard drives are limited to a certain bandwidth...but in terms of actual performance in loading anything, moving files over, boot times and anything that makes the drive spin...you can ask anybody here and they will tell you that sata drives are just plain faster.