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#1 james_j2001


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Posted 20 January 2007 - 02:58 AM

I've done some searching, and it seems to have been quite a heated debate in the past as to wether the xbox supports ata versions higher than 33. However, all of the discussions I've found are a few years old, so I was wondering if we have any more difinitive answers today. I understand that it's all backwards compatible and a 133 device will work, but do we know yet if the xbox's controller will support the higher speeds?

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 05:36 AM

I have put 133 HDs in the Xbox. As for differences, I couldn't tell you. They all run the same to me.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 06:46 AM

I know that some people think they get better performance and some don't. I have a 133 in my xbox now, so I can judge for myself. What I'm asking, though, is if we know for sure that the controller supports higher than 33, not just if it appears faster.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 02:23 PM

The original xbox has a ATA33 Cable installed, so the only increase you will see from a new harddisk is better seek time.

If however you upgrade the ATA33 cable to a ATA133 cable you will notice a great improvement. even with the standard harddisk.

The Xbox is locked at ATA100 so you will not gain any speed beyond that.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 02:45 PM

i'm fairly sure that the ata controller is ata66 spec. the cable is an ata66 cable. i'm fucking tired of all these imaginary specs out there ata166 ata133 ata100 ata66 ata33. 166 doesnt even exist! and there are only ata100 and ata66 cables. the dvd drive operates at ata33 or pio 4 i think. slow either way, and the HD runs at whatever its capable of, but the controller runs at 66. so a new cable does help a little bit with speed... but it's not worth the mess it creates. i just use the stock cable. i've used an ata100 cable too, so i know the difference.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:35 PM

Okay, so if the dvd drive is 33, does that mean that everything on the cable will revert to 33, or can the hd still run at 66?

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