CompactFlash card on Falcon's IDE port: what speed ?

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CompactFlash card on Falcon's IDE port: what speed ?

Postby doggyfred » Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:20 pm

Hello,

I am looking into mounting an IDE to CompactFlash adaptor inside my newly acquired Falcon, but I am not sure about the speed of the memory card I need.

I have seen CompactFlash cards with speeds of x4, x40 and x140.

x4 is good for 600Kb/sec. Is that enough to use as an IDE hard drive replacement, or should I go with x40 ?

Reference article on "Alive": Using Compact Flash and DiskOnModule with Falcon 030 - http://alive.atari.org/alive9/cf1.php

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Postby doggyfred » Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:52 pm

After thinking more about this...

Direct to Disk recording at 50KHz/16bits/stereo requires a sustained transfer rate of 195Kb/sec. I suppose that 600Kb/sec (from a x4 CompactFlash card) will be more than enough, then. I can't think of any type of application for the stock Falcon that would require more than that.

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Postby Greenious » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:09 am

Depends on the speed that you want ofcourse. But the Falcon can do a lot more on the IDE than 600kb/sec, so 40x is recommended if you want maximum speed. Faster than that is likely a waste of money, unless you have some kind of accelerator.
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