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Old 03-09-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default CDROM SATA or IDE?

I just picked out a nice, but standard cd/dvd drive for my new computer.


I, however, didn't pay attention to the interface as I assumed SATA, but it is clearly IDE. Should I return the product based on this? Do most new motherboards have an IDE connector? Also, what are the pros and cons of SATA/IDE when it comes to cd/dvd drives?



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Old 03-09-2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: CDROM SATA or IDE?

All of the newer motherboards have an IDE connection on the motherboard. The advantages to SATA are faster speed and a small cable for less case clutter.

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Old 03-09-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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rohan said it nicely. all mobos have IDE. the difference between newer mobos and older mobos is newer only have once IDE channel which means you can only have 2 IDE devices (one hard drive, one CD drive, etc.) and the latter has 2 or more channels
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Nah. Drives are so fast nowadays that you probably won't see a noticable difference in speed. I'd just keep it.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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I hate IDE, fat cables completely spoil all the effort I put in on cable management. That, and my P5K's IDE connector is right down the bottom of the board.
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