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Thread: ABIT Serillel and Serial ATA




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    Hi, this is Lyle from ABIT. We’ve just released Serillel, which is a device that lets users connect their current hard disks to the Serial Ports on their MAX 2 motherboard. ABIT has also engineered our Serial ATA to offer Serial ATA RAID. Every motherboard make is offering Serial ATA, but with Serial ATA hard disks many months away and really expensive, ABIT wanted to offer our users immediate Serial ATA experience. When Serial ATA hard disks do appear, we wanted to offer our users more, so we included Serial ATA RAID. Please let me know any comments, questions and concerns you have about Serial ATA RAID.:cool: :afro:

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    Sounds good but about how long till it hits the stores? :?:


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    Hey there, Serillel comes as a bundle with the IT7 and AT7 MAX2 boards, so about two weeks!

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    Good to see you posting here Lyle. I was expecting a product like this to be released sooner or later and it's great to see that the innovation once again has been made by Abit.

    It it is understandable that this will be an advantage if someone purchases a newer motherboard but wants to use an older IDE drive. However, as far as speed goes, there will be no difference as current IDE drives can't transfer data any faster than 133mbps.
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    Thats true Ash

    but remember this

    U can use Serial ATA cables rather than standard IDE cables, the device connects into the back of the IDE HDD and translates SATA signals to Parallel signals

    making it alot easier to keep teh case clean

    and also Serial ATA controllers running off the PCI bus aren't gong to be any faster when serial ATA drivers come out

    Serial ATA is supposed to support 150MB/s transfer rates (that is if you can run it at sustained 150MB/s) but the PCI bus is only 133MB/s so the best you will get using Serial ATA PCI devices is 133MB/s

    ICH5 from Intel will have SATA controller running its own channel of the IHA2 design, as will VIA's new VT8238 and the SiS 963

    Serial ATA won't get full advantage untill either one of the 2 happens

    1) Faster PCI Bus (266MB/s)
    2) Intergration into Southbridges away from the PCI bus
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    Good info! How expensive will the new drives be?

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    ATA-133 doesn't really run at 133, but will SATA really run at 150 ??
    does this mean that our old drives will now really run at 133 ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by E^vol
    ATA-133 doesn't really run at 133, but will SATA really run at 150 ??
    does this mean that our old drives will now really run at 133 ??
    An ATA133 drive won't do ATA133 transfers on SATA simply because it can provide up to 150mb/s - You will need an actual SATA drive to take advantage of these speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drpeterbright
    Good info! How expensive will the new drives be?
    Until more drives emerge on the market from other drive markers I'd imagine they will stay fairly expensive.
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    So what will they hit the market at? Thats what we're asking.
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