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.
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.
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."
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.
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.