After putting together my box together again after doing a needed cleaning on it, I noticed that I needed to get those data cables fixed up a bit. IDE cables are still flat in nature and are quite the air blocker! Seems after our initial guide on creating rounded cables, a cable manufacturer called UMaxPC finally went and created some machine rounded varieties. The cables themselves have a different label pointing to CalhounCentral.com, but that seems to be their hosting company. Their price for these cables hover around the $12 range.
With these machine rounded cables, what we will try to accomplish will be see whether or not they compare with the traditional un-rounded cables and hand rounded cables. Tests will show if there are any kind of temperature drops within the case and if data loss is seen with the hand rounded variety. Some folks have mentioned that hand rounded cables cause data corruption and so forth, we'll see if that is true. To follow through our tests, we had SideWinder Computers send over a few of their rounded cable samples and we had HighSpeed PC send over theirs. The cables are identical, but we wanted to have a few cables around. This can rule out any type of error of having just one set of cables. Wouldn't want any kind of bias going on here : )
The above cables are what we used as our control samples. The first picture is the already rounded cables (Floppy, IDE ata/66 and SCSI 50-Pin). The second picture is the cables following the traditional flat form. Please note, the SCSI cable was tested when it was not rounded, its not shown in the picture since I rounded it before I remembered to take a picture of it. Apologies for that, but it was tested before being rounded so all tests should be fine.
The cables above are the machine rounded variety. Each each cable is stranded within its casing, which is comprised of a heavy plastic. It is really heavy and does a good job in protecting the inside wires. What I did notice was, these cables felt greasy. Maybe it is the finishing on the plastic, but I had to wash my hands afterwards. Just something I noticed from touching it.
The SCSI has two connectors just like the IDE version, but the floppy has lost the extra connectors. Probably not an issue since I haven't seen anyone with two floppy drives for a while now. The SCSI and IDE are both 18" while the floppy is 24" in length.
Here we have the 50-pin SCSI, floppy and IDE cable. I pushed the plastic covering down to show you what the cables inside looked like. Each cable has a notch on Pin 1, it may be a little hard to see but you shouldn't have any problems inserting it in correctly.