Believe it or not <g>,
today one of *the few*
talked to one of *the many*
and I got response from Intel:
Although the PCI Bus supports up to 133 MHz data burst
the IDE controller only supports up to 100 MHz data burst,
therefore the best HDD performance will be 100 MHz data burst.
Intel(R) Application Accelerator will have no affect on this issue.
I will email Intel's motherboard support shortly
to see if they have any plans to upgrade the IDE driver
(In my case, 'Intel 82801BA Ultra ATA controller').
Meanwhile, after some cruising in Maxtor's site:
(This from a press release July 31 - guess it's 2001):
The Ultra ATA/133 interface uses Maxtor patented technology
Personal computer users who want to upgrade
from Ultra ATA/100 to Ultra ATA/133
will need to purchase a compliant adapter card or system motherboard
along with the new hard drives.
Maxtor calls said adapter card 'PCI Host Bus Adapter Card (K01PCAT133)';
it retails for about 80 bucks.
However, they also offer a kit containing
a 80 GB 7200 rpm Ultra ATA 133 HDD plus said card
for about 200 bucks.
So there's an option right now (anybody would comment on such a setup?).
Hopefully, an upgraded Intel driver will let us obviate the card!
Now, y'all take care.