View Full Version : Cable with 40 or 80 wires

04-28-2001, 10:34 PM
I've got 2 kinds of IDE internet cables, 40 wires and 80 wires.
They both have 40 pins to connect to ATA on G4.
I wonder what the difference?
It looks there's not much difference to me, but there must be...

04-29-2001, 01:45 AM
The 80-wire cables are a shielded configuration. 40-Pin 80-Wire IDE cables are shielded by a ground wire positioned between each signal wire. This configuration provides ultra-low bus noise that enhances the performance, speed, and reliability. k

04-29-2001, 02:03 AM
And I believe that they are spec'd out for the Ultra66 and 100 bus speeds. They need the really low noise ratio to even come close to achieving that speed. Worth the money in my opinion especially since that they will be the standard in the future so you won't have to replace cable as many times.

my $0.02


04-29-2001, 09:39 AM
OK. 40pin 80 wire is good,
Thanks, Eric and Kaye

05-13-2001, 11:39 AM
I'm wondering if these 40-Pin 80-Wire IDE cables can be successfully converted to this round cable configuration? Anyone know? k

05-15-2001, 11:18 AM
I'm pretty sure that's what is being sold as round cable, Kaye. I saw a web site about a week ago with round cables and they were listed as for Ultra ATA66 and ATA100.

05-16-2001, 12:49 AM
Thanks T, k