Originally Posted by smilepak
One thing I've yet to see confirmed is does this laptop really support SATA.
Yes, there is an adapter for you to connect the SATA drive into the notebook, but is it a PATA to SATA, vice versa, adapter or is it true SATA utilization and not just support.
That's what I was trying to figure out when I E-Mailed ISTNC. According to them, the adapters that come with the laptop convert PATA or SATA to a different plug for the laptop.. That doesn't really answer whether it's simply a PATA plug though. So, do both PATA and SATA require an adapter (that's what it sounds like in the E-Mail I got), but I havn't really read anyone saying the PATA also uses an adapter... When are you going to do your experiments, GamingTechy?
Classically, if there are two drives on the same IDE channel, then they would only transfer data as fast as the slowest drive, though that was years ago. Things may have changed and the bus controller may be able to switch speeds and stuff.. I really don't know. Also, I wouldn't think that simply having a CD-ROM present would affect a benchmark unless it is transferring data during the benchmark.. but I can't really think of a good way to get accurate benchmarks with that either except watching a DVD while benchmarking, which 1Cent did (with a VCD).
I guess it really just comes down to is does it really have SATA implemented or not? The E-Mail I got from ISTNC suggests that it could be a different channel altogether (not really PATA or SATA) but that either type is converted to this "universal" channel. Which could explain why it isn't showing up under an SATA group.. But if it is a "universal" channel, does it give any of the benefits that SATA does over PATA?