Rounded IDE / Floppy Cables
review by David, 16 January 2002
are fast becoming a must-have in the computer enthusiast's rig,
be it for gaming, work, or otherwise. Overclockers
Paradise let me take home a couple of rounded cables for review,
as shown in the picture below. The top four are IDE cables, whereas
the bottom two are floppy cables. The floppy cables are 60cm in
length, whereas the IDE cables are 60cm in length too. The length
is sufficient to reach practically every drive bay in your case,
especially if you're running a full tower like me.
what some people may believe, having rounded cables in no way improves
performance of your IDE cables, or your harddisk or CDROMs, for
that matter. The main issue that rounded cables were meant to tackle
was the jungle of flat IDE cables tangled around inside a typical
case, disrupting airflow inside the case, thus leading to higher
temperatures. Having lots of fans in your system won't help a bit
if the air can't flow properly throughout the system.
allow for easier management of your IDE or floppy cables, also lessening
the space taken up by the cables themselves. This allows the air
inside the case to flow better, thus leading to lower case temperatures,
and possibly a better overclock, or a more stable system.
The cables are
machine rounded, as well as measuring 24" long. This cable
has two headers to connect two IDE drives. The end to be connected
to the IDE channel is blue in color, and the cable is wrapped securely
in a strong and supple rubber sheath. The floppy connectors are
all black though, but it doesn't matter which end you plug them
in, they will still work.
Moving the rubber
sheath down, the wires are exposed. For the IDE cable, each data
wire is twisted with its corresponding ground wire, all done by
machine. This decreases the risk of interference and data corruption,
though I don't guarantee that there won't be a chance of any screwups
in data transfer. As for the floppy cable, the individual wires
are separated nicely all the way, except for the parts right beside
the connector itself.
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