SATA to IDE Converters - bad idea?

I'm a newbie and I've read the FAQ... ;-)

Looks to me like SATA drives have a different connector than IDE drives. Ahem.

I have a slew of IDE drives I would like to use on a new mobo. I see in the FAQ that it is really preferable to have each drive on its own controller (vs. shared with a ATAPI for instance).

Is there a downside to using a IDE to SATA converter (like the link below) - am I losing much of the value of SATA in the first place?

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  1. Your better bet would be to utilize an ide card controller. Very inexpensive and can add up to 4 more ide devices per card vice having to use converter/adapters on each device.

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  2. Better performance, better price?

    I really do not want to burn a PCI slot...

  3. You can get a two channel (4 device) ATA 133 controller for the price of a single ATA to SATA converter.

    I would rather "Waste" one PCI slot than lose 4 SATA ports!

    I would only use ATA to SATA adapters if I needed to RAID SATA and ATA drives.
  4. The mobo I am using has four on board sata connectors and two ide controllers.

    I am using the ides for a dvd and one hdd. I have three other hdds I want to use.

    given all of that seems like using one of these convertors is a good idea. Lets me not take up a pci slot while not having to order new hdds.

    Is there any performance or stability downsides to using one of these sata to ide convertors?

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