Since our last review on rounded cables, newer sets have emerged. We got a set of ata 100 and floppy cables from the good folks at HeatSink Factory. The older ones that are available basically look like cables wrapped in heavy plastic. The new ones we received have these cables wrapped in copper aluminum mesh, very spiffy!
The braids are covered with a clear plastic to protect against runs or in case you snag it against a sharp object. The ends near the connector have plastic separating each individual cable to make it neater. The ends of the silver braid are also wrapped again with what seems to be white heatshrink. I noticed it says 125C on the white part, which I guess is a good thing : )
Both the floppy and IDE cables are 18" in length. The length goes from the connector to the middle connector (11") to the ending connector (18"). Ample length to reach in most cases, including full towers. One thing I did not like was that the cables themselves are a bit too rigid. I had to bend them a bit before they stayed in the right shape I wanted.
The temperature difference between these and normal flat cables are miniscule. You can see from our previous tests in regards to this. What we did test is to see if the cables themselves would cause immediate data corruption of any sort. We did the same tests we did in our other review, transfer data between two hard drives and burning cds. Both tests came out nicely, times and temperatures are identical.
Overall, these are a nice addition to your modded box. If price is not an issue for your case modification quest, then go all out and pick these up. You definitely won't be disappointed in the quality.
Thanks to William over at HeatSink Factory for sending over a set for us to look at.