If I put in ata133 pci controller card in my system, would my pc with built in ide/ata66 interface also run at ata133? Which is better or faster hard drive, ata133 (7200rpm) or ata133 (5400rpm)? Thanks

What motherboard are you using?

Most motherboards will support ATA or PATA HDDs.

The bus speed of the PCI bus is 133 MB/s, so it should work. And the 7200rpm is the faster drive.

yeah you can run ata133 but it will run at ata66 speed. The more rpm = the faster the drive

I do not know what kind of motherboard I have but it is old presario and I'm sure the ide interface is ata66. If I will put in an ata133 hard disk to an ata133 add-on card at ata66 bus speed, will my system speed up or will there be no changes at all?

One more thing, which is faster, ata133 (7200rpm) or ata100 (7200rpm) hard disk? confusing?????

Thanks, dcc & jbennet!

ata 133 is faster

bigger numbers = better

If you download Everest Home Edition and look under motherboard you will see what you have. Please find out and post your findings.

Thanks, jbennet & dcc!

Compaq Presario 7400....

Here's my specs from EverestHome..

--------[ EVEREST Home Edition (c) 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Report Wizard
Computer E7N5T8
Generator fren
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222A (Win98 SE)
Date 2007-06-04
Time 17:18

--------[ CPU ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPU Properties:
CPU Type AMD K6-2, 550 MHz (5.5 x 100)
CPU Alias Chomper Extended, K6-2-CXT
CPU Stepping CXT/A
Instruction Set x86, MMX, 3DNow!
L1 Code Cache 32 KB
L1 Data Cache 32 KB
L2 Cache 0

CPU Physical Info:
Package Type 321 Pin PGA
Package Size 4.95 cm x 4.95 cm
Transistors 9.3 million
Process Technology 5Mi, 0.25 um, CMOS
Die Size 81 mm2
Core Voltage 2.2 - 2.4 V
I/O Voltage 3.3 V
Typical Power 8.1 - 17.8 W (depending on clock speed)
Maximum Power 13.5 - 29.6 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Manufacturer:
Company Name Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Product Information http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118,00.html

CPU Utilization:
CPU #1 100 %

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem No CPU L2 cache found. This may cause performance penalty.

--------[ CPUID ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPUID Properties:
CPUID Manufacturer AuthenticAMD
CPUID CPU Name AMD-K6(tm) 3D processor
CPUID Revision 0000058Ch
Extended CPUID Revision 0000068Ch
Platform ID C8h (Socket 7)
IA CPU Serial Number Unknown
HTT / CMP Units 0 / 0

Instruction Set:
64-bit x86 Extension (AMD64, EM64T) Not Supported
Alternate Instruction Set Not Supported
AMD 3DNow! Supported
AMD 3DNow! Professional Not Supported
AMD Enhanced 3DNow! Not Supported
AMD Extended MMX Not Supported
Cyrix Extended MMX Not Supported
IA-64 Not Supported
IA MMX Supported
IA SSE Not Supported
IA SSE 2 Not Supported
IA SSE 3 Not Supported
CLFLUSH Instruction Not Supported
CMPXCHG8B Instruction Supported
CMPXCHG16B Instruction Not Supported
Conditional Move Instruction Not Supported
MONITOR / MWAIT Instruction Not Supported
RDTSCP Instruction Not Supported
SYSCALL / SYSRET Instruction Supported
SYSENTER / SYSEXIT Instruction Not Supported
VIA FEMMS Instruction Not Supported

Security Features:
Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) Not Supported
Data Execution Prevention (DEP, NX, EDB) Not Supported
Hardware Random Number Generator (RNG) Not Supported
Montgomery Multiplier & Hash Engine Not Supported
Processor Serial Number (PSN) Not Supported

Power Management Features:
Automatic Clock Control Not Supported
Enhanced Halt State (C1E) Not Supported
Enhanced SpeedStep Technology (EIST, ESS) Not Supported
Frequency ID Control Not Supported
LongRun Not Supported
LongRun Table Interface Not Supported
PowerSaver 1.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 2.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 3.0 Not Supported
Processor Duty Cycle Control Not Supported
Software Thermal Control Not Supported
Temperature Sensing Diode Not Supported
Thermal Monitor 1 Not Supported
Thermal Monitor 2 Not Supported
Thermal Monitoring Not Supported
Thermal Trip Not Supported
Voltage ID Control Not Supported

CPUID Features:
36-bit Page Size Extension Not Supported
Address Region Registers (ARR) Not Supported
CPL Qualified Debug Store Not Supported
Debug Trace Store Not Supported
Debugging Extension Supported
Fast Save & Restore Not Supported
Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT) Not Supported
L1 Context ID Not Supported
Local APIC On Chip Not Supported
Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Not Supported
Machine Check Exception (MCE) Supported
Memory Configuration Registers (MCR) Not Supported
Memory Type Range Registers (MTRR) Supported
Model Specific Registers (MSR) Supported
Page Attribute Table (PAT) Not Supported
Page Global Extension Supported
Page Size Extension (PSE) Supported
Pending Break Event Not Supported
Physical Address Extension (PAE) Not Supported
Secure Virtual Machine Extensions (Pacifica) Not Supported
Self-Snoop Not Supported
Time Stamp Counter (TSC) Supported
Virtual Machine Extensions (Vanderpool) Not Supported
Virtual Mode Extension Supported

CPUID Registers (CPU #1):
CPUID 00000000 00000001-68747541-444D4163-69746E65
CPUID 00000001 0000058C-00000000-00000000-008021BF
CPUID 80000000 80000005-00000000-00000000-00000000
CPUID 80000001 0000068C-00000000-00000000-808029BF
CPUID 80000002 2D444D41-7428364B-3320296D-72702044
CPUID 80000003 7365636F-00726F73-00000000-00000000
CPUID 80000004 00000000-00000000-00000000-00000000
CPUID 80000005 00000000-02800140-20020220-20020220

MSR Registers:
MSR C0000087 0000-0000-0000-01C3

Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion SSE is not supported. Upgrade your CPU to speed up applications optimized for SSE.

--------[ Motherboard ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID <DMI>
Motherboard Name Compaq Compaq PC

Front Side Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel GTL
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 100 MHz
Effective Clock 100 MHz
Bandwidth 800 MB/s

Motherboard Manufacturer:
Company Name Hewlett-Packard Company
Product Information http://www.compaq.com
BIOS Download http://support.hp.com

--------[ Memory ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Physical Memory:
Total 255 MB
Used 179 MB
Free 76 MB
Utilization 70 %

Swap Space:
Total 1792 MB
Used 75 MB
Free 1716 MB
Utilization 4 %

Virtual Memory:
Total 2047 MB
Used 255 MB
Free 1792 MB
Utilization 12 %

Physical Address Extension (PAE):
Supported by Operating System No
Supported by CPU No
Active No

Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion Install more system memory to improve applications performance.

--------[ Chipset ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ North Bridge: VIA VT8501 Apollo MVP4 ]

North Bridge Properties:
North Bridge VIA VT8501 Apollo MVP4
External Cache Size 512 KB
External Cache Type Synchronous Pipelined Burst
External Cache Status Enabled

Memory Controller:
Bank Interleave Disabled

Memory Timings:
CAS Latency (CL) 2T
RAS To CAS Delay (tRCD) 2T
RAS Precharge (tRP) 2T
RAS Active Time (tRAS) 5T

Memory Slots:
DRAM Slot #1 128 MB (SDRAM)
DRAM Slot #2 128 MB (SDRAM)

Integrated Graphics Controller:
Graphics Controller Type Trident CyberBlade
Graphics Controller Status Disabled

AGP Controller:
AGP Version 2.00
AGP Status Enabled
AGP Aperture Size 64 MB
Supported AGP Speeds 1x, 2x
Fast-Write Not Supported
Side Band Addressing Supported, Disabled

Chipset Manufacturer:
Company Name VIA Technologies, Inc.
Product Information http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets
Driver Download http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2

[ South Bridge: VIA VT82C686A ]

South Bridge Properties:
South Bridge VIA VT82C686A
Revision 21
Package Type 352 Pin BGA
Package Size 2.7 cm x 2.7 cm
Process Technology 0.35 um
Core Voltage 3.3 V

Chipset Manufacturer:
Company Name VIA Technologies, Inc.
Product Information http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets
Driver Download http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2

--------[ BIOS ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BIOS Properties:
BIOS Type Compaq
Compaq BIOS Ownership Tag Unknown
Compaq BIOS UUID Unknown
System BIOS Date 01/28/00
Video BIOS Date 00/12/18

BIOS Manufacturer:
Company Name Hewlett-Packard Company
Product Information http://www.compaq.com/showroom
BIOS Upgrades http://www.esupport.com/biosagent/index.cfm?refererid=40

Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion Are you looking for a BIOS Upgrade? Contact eSupport Today!
Suggestion System BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.


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