From the \"Software Issues\" section of the forum:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cc: Hi Ben
I have found that drives connected via a plug-in controller card, can have extra 20ms or so tagged onto the access time - and others have reported exactly the same when using the promise (etc) controllers built onto some motherboards. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Is this true? I have an older computer (400MHz AMD K6-2) that I have been thinking about marginally upgrading as a standalone GS machine to supplement my DAW/GS machine. This older computer has UDMA33, so I was going to buy a fancier I/O card and a faster drive, along with more RAM... Now it looks like even that may not be enough. If the second computer pops and clicks, it\'s worthless. What are my options?
I have put together 4 or 5 computers for Gigasampler and Gigastudio use. I have used both the Promise card and the SIIG card for communicating with ATA/66 drives. I have found that the speed and reliability of the cards is totally dependent on their interaction with the motherboard. I have mixed and matched (Edisonian science) until I found combinations that worked. Fortunately, the ATA/66 cards are relatively inexpensive.
I am currently getting full polyphony with a SIIG card. My motherboard has two ATA/66 connections on it (builtin) plus the SIIG card has two ATA/66 connections.
I have no data to say whether one ATA card would be better than another. Frankly, I would check www.pricewatch.com or you favorite local computer store and get either a Promise ATA or SIIG ATA card. Follow the instructions to the letter.