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December 5, 2002 11:47:36 AM

Which is the best DVD drive non RW? Is there any w/ ATA33+ support? Any Recommendations?

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December 6, 2002 2:45:03 AM

Yes... there are quite a few that are ata33 or greater... Not that anything beyond ata33 helps at all... Its just a nice marketing gimmic really.
DVD drives can only transfer data at a maximum speed of around 21Mb/sec... well below the limits of even ata33.

Pioneer make nice ata66 drives.
I know asus has a ata100 one.
But personally i love my Liteon LTD-165H 16x dvd drive (ata33)
Its fast, relativly quiet and also does great audio copying and DAE.

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December 6, 2002 8:13:30 AM

Ive got myself the Asus, runs better than my old CD drive but my Asus does seem to like to hold onto the disk...

no-one shouts louder than someone who is being ignored, or in the case of techies, to be heard over the noise of their PC's ;-)
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December 6, 2002 4:40:39 PM

I have good experience with Toshiba and Pioneer DVD.
December 6, 2002 6:09:23 PM

Yes, the Liteon DVD drives are very good in DAE. They also read DVDs and CDs at a max of 16x and 48x speed respectively. Liteon makes inexpensive but not bad DVD drives. I've got a LTD-163D for more than 6 months and I have no complain on it.
December 7, 2002 10:29:16 AM

Thanks for the reply. I am going to buy the Lite ON DVD :smile: but which model? There are 4 <A HREF="" target="_new">in their web site</A>

Also: Please check my CDRW section POST too... I am going to buy CDRW drive too...

Or it is better buying COMBO drive from samsung 12X DVD and 32x12x40 CDRW? It is US$90 in new egg!

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March 17, 2003 3:14:39 AM


Which one of the four Lite-Ons is the best to get?

"My downfall raises me to infinite heights."
-Napoleon Bonaparte
March 17, 2003 3:24:02 AM

Both the XJ-HD163 and 163D are old models (they've been out for more than 1 year). Get the newer one instead. Either 165H or 166S is fine. They both share the same improved features.
March 17, 2003 3:33:18 AM

I'm still kinda nervous about buying a drive like the LiteOn. I've been doing lots of shopping recently, and I've looked through MANY different DVD-ROMs. It seems so strange that a company can sell a drive like the LiteOns for so cheap, yet the product be so great. Even Sony, Samsung, Pioneers, and others are more expensive, yet they're massive companies.

I'm simply nervous in buying something "cheap" in fear of getting junk. Then again everywhere I read, everybody is happy with their LiteOns. What do y'all have to say about this?

How truly loud is the LiteOn? I hear it's very very loud while reading CDs or something (although quiet while watching a DVD). Anybody have input?

"My downfall raises me to infinite heights."
-Napoleon Bonaparte
March 17, 2003 4:09:12 AM

Well, you pay the extra $$ for just the brand name (Sony, Samsung, Pioneers) labelled on the drives. Very likely those companies put a lot of money on advertisment, and naturally they pass the cost to you, the consumer.

The noise generated by LiteOn drive is quite noticeable especially at the full 48x spin, but I think all high-speed drives make some sort of noise anyway. Perhaps LiteOn should do something to cut down that noise. But then again, this might result in cost increase and hence higher price of the product.
March 17, 2003 2:44:26 PM

So in essence you're saying that LiteOns are just as good as any other drives out there? Including Pioneer, Yamaha, Sony, etc.?

I had never heard of them before this year ;) 

"My downfall raises me to infinite heights."
-Napoleon Bonaparte
March 18, 2003 4:06:22 AM

I haven't used other DVD drives besides LiteOn, so I can't give you a comparison of them. However, if you read the following reviews as well as previous posts by other THGC members, I hope you'll be convinced that LiteOns are as good as or even better than other name-branded products.

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