"Braiding is essentially a material tube that sits over a groups
of wires, affixed with shrink wrap at each end to hold it secure. A PCIe
cable has six wires; a Serial ATA (SATA) cable has five wires; and a
standard power connector, floppy and four pin plugs all have four wires.
Braided cables make a PC much easier to work on since they bring all of
those sets of wires into their own neat braided sets."