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Why are IDE cables flat?

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April 20, 2001 3:26:34 AM

Just woundering why, if round IDE cables dont disrupt air flow as much. Are they more expencive? Slower?

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April 20, 2001 2:32:12 PM

$$$$ Period.

Ribbon cables are much cheaper to make and terminate than round or twisted pairs, etc.

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April 20, 2001 4:31:53 PM

You can get round cables go to coolerguys.com they have a selection of round cables...they are $$$ 19.95 for one cable!

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April 20, 2001 8:01:21 PM

At least a ribbon cable can be neatly folded over itself, a round cable long enough to reach the furthest drive from the MB in a full tower case, would create a mess in a desktop case.
April 20, 2001 8:07:02 PM

ok thats what i figured

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April 20, 2001 9:27:47 PM

actually they can be moved around and it looks really nice...I have a mid tower and a server tower with round cables...It leave a lot of space for airflow.

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April 21, 2001 2:43:12 PM

More expensive, most likely. I'm not sure about slower. I get +37.3 meg/sec sequential reads off my 45 gig IBM drive, which is supposed to get 55 meg/sec according to IBM's website. I guess there's a little bit of performace hit =)

You can round ribbon cables yourself (successfully) with a box blade, scotch tape, and some patience. Electrician's tape looks better, but cherry tape would be more flexible.
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