Hi,<br>in what way does a PowerMac benefit from Serial-ATA? I understand that in modern machines like the G5 it makes sense to use the fastest. But what aboout, say, a G4 400 AGP. If I bought a card to add Serial ATA and the according HDD, would it be a lot faster than a "normal" 7200 rpm drive? Are there any other benefits besides speed?<br><br>Thanx a lot!<br><br>
You would definitely see a speed boost, but probably not enough to warrant the cost. If your machine is only running at 400 MHz to begin with, it's probably not worth it. I have two serial ATA drives in a RAID 0 config in my Dual 800 Quicksilver. I was on the fence with the speed/cost for this one, too. I went for it, and I think I'm better off. I think my set up would be fine without it, though.<br><br>-Mer
The bottleneck on your AGP G4 would be the system busses. The SATA interface would provide more throughput than your system could absorb.<br><br>Stick with PATA - if speed is a must, try an ATA RAID PCI controller card.<br><br>
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