Beige G3 ATA Onboard vs. PCI questions.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by areyouwishing, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. areyouwishing macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    Im pretty well versed with most things hardware but my question to the extremers out there is...

    Will I start to bottleneck if i am running all my main perfs through the PCI bus? Does the 3 slots share one bus?

    I have a USB PCI card, a Radeon card and now im thinking about getting an ATA card, but im worried that ill start to bottleneck because im pulling so much info from each PCI card, the video and the ATA especially. Am I just better sticking to the built in ata/3 adapter?

    I'm not used to running video through PCI so this stuff is new to me.
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I'm not sure if the pci are sharing the same pci bus,
    but your internal ata controller i a HUGE bottleneck on these machines.
    The internal ata is only capable of about 15 mb/sec (16.7mb teoretically).
    When upgraded the old hd on a beige i had before there was virtually no speed difference since it was limited by the controller...

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