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what PCs were first to use serial ata

#1 Post by ThinkPad560X » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:43 am

what PCs were first to use serial ata (SATA)? From the Wiki, 2000 was when SATA came out witch would be the Pentium III era I do have lot of IBM desktops from early 90s to all the way when IBM sold out. All my Pentium III PCs only have IDE PATA and even my early Pentium 4 NetVista. I think my ThinkCentre Pentium 4 witch is 2003+ is when you started to see 2 SATA ports on the board along with 2 power connectors for SATA. And for the ThinkPad the T,R,X,Z60 were the first to get SATA.
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Re: what PCs were first to use serial ata

#2 Post by dr_st » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:05 am

Yes, you are correct. SATA may have come out in 2000, but as with every new peripheral technology, it took a couple of years for it to be integrated into mainstream chipsets. Before that time, you could conceivable enable it via a PCI adapter in your desktop system.

For Intel, ICH5 (~2003) marked the first chipset with an integrated SATA controller. The earliest Thinkpad with a SATA controller were actually the T43/X41/R52/Z60 series (ICH6-M). But in T43/X41/R52, a PATA-SATA bridge was integrated so they actually used PATA IDE drives.

For Non-Intel chipsets, I believe VIA had it first in VT8237 (~2002-2003) and nVidia had it in nForce3 and some late nForce 2 variants (~2003-2004).
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Re: what PCs were first to use serial ata

#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:13 pm

My Dell Poweredge 400SC(2004) had SATA. The drives and cables were quirky because the cable was connected to both the power and data port as a hige connector but the power port wasnt acutally connected. The drives were the last to use molex for power but SATA power worked fine.
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