Vantec silver rounded ATA 66/100/133 IDE & Floppy cables reviewFormer staff writer -
Price: $12.99 for floppy & $13.99 for IDE
I did a review on some blue rounded ata-100 cables a long time ago (March 30th of 2001), and it was actually my very first review :) heh Rounded cables have been out for a while now.. They are getting more popular by the day too. These silver rounded cables look more high tech and contemporary than the normal colored rounded cables. These have a silver weaving, that looks like those Chinese hand cuffs, we had when we were kids.. Around the silver weaving you will find a clear layer of rubbery plastic. I have seen some of these silver rounded cables that I didn't like. I saw some that did not have the clear plastic around the exposed wire, around the connectors. However, the ones that I am reviewing do have plastic around the exposed wires.
I found that these round cables are more flexible than the old ones I had. 1. The diameter of these rounded one's are smaller. 2. The plastic coating over the exposed wires, where the connectors are, is more flexible and easier to turn in the position want them to turn.
Right now, I will be installing these in my test rig. Once I have completed all of my mods on my new rig, I will be installing them in there, and will be proudly showing them off at local lan party's :)
If you know how to install regular IDE cables, then you shouldn't have any problems because that's all these are, just rounded ones :) If you haven't ever installed IDE cables then, I'm sure you can figure it out :) Here is a picture, before and after:
These rounded cables are 24 inches long. If they were only 18 inches long, they would look a lot better in this case. However, they will be going in my new case which is a full tower, and it will look great in it! You can also buy 36 inch rounded cables! Those are for some BIG towers!
In the test system, the system temp. dropped 2�c idle, and dropped 1�c under load. Rounded cable help cool your system more because air can flow better thoughout your case. The main reason for buying is because they look a lot better than the old flat ones! If you have a window in your case, it's a must have item. If you don't have a window, then you would be buying them for the cooling aspect, or to make you case look neater inside. I'd like to thank XPCGear.com for providing these cables for us to review.
- Increase air flow in your case
- Looks cool!
- Very flexable
- Cost more than regular IDE cables
- You can make your own rounded ones with loom, but they won't look near as good