A similar post was posted in CD-RW section. But I experienced very few response. I think most forum members visit in CPU section rather than any other section. So I am posting similar post in CPU Guide.
The question is not about CPU. It's about CD-RW. I am going to buy a 24x/10x/40x CD-RW. I want to buy ASUS or LiteOn. I have personal good experiences with ASUS CD-RW's and CD-ROM's. I also heard that LiteOn drives are good. It's slightly cheaper than an ASUS drive in my local market. ASUS drives can read scratched or dirty disks very well. Is LiteOn's reading performance similar to ASUS? What is wiser--- to stick with reliable ASUS or having new experience with LiteOn?
I can't directly answer your question but both drives are good all purpose drives.
What is your primary use for the drive?
Do you want game backups? Well Liteons have been excellent for this but the new 48x Asus may be a little ahead on this. (I never heard anything about the 24X Asus model regarding this so Liteon might be a good choice).
Do you want use the drive primarily for data backup? All drives are good for this.
Do you care about varied media handling? Liteons have an excellent reputation for this as well.
Digital audio extraction? Liteons are fast when the disks are good quality but have trouble with scratched disks (This applies mostly to the 24x drive. 32X is a little better and 40x/48X are both much better, or so I here). Other brands than Liteon were better when dealing with scratched audio disks.
Backing up copy protected audio disks? Liteons are terrible at this (but who really backs up their audio CDs). Liteons have trouble even reading most copy protected audio disks.
Raw speed? Raw speed doesn't much matter at 40x and beyond (a full burn takes less than 3 minutes). Speed might matter to you where you are choosing between 24X drives than with faster drive.
CDRW handling? All drives write CDRWs at their rated speed but some read them back slower than they read pressed CDs and CDRs, a lot slower. Some drives are very slow at reading CDRWs. (I Don't know about either the Liteon or Asus regarding this. My Cyberdrive reads CDRWs at 40x max which prior to 40x12x48x drives was the fastest for reading CDRWs but it doesn't do game backups as well as the Liteons or Asus drives).
If any of these issues matter to you I would suggest you look at the reviews at <A HREF="http://www.cdrlabs.com" target="_new">www.cdrlabs.com</A> which do a nice job highlighting each feature of each drive reviewed.
There are many other issues and I honestly don't know which drive is better at what. If you see the CDRLABS articles you'll see what I mean.
If you would like to read actual user experiences you might find more replies at the forums at <A HREF="http://www.cdfreaks.com" target="_new">www.cdfreaks.com</A> which as you can tell from the URL specializes in CDROM/CDRW information. You'll also find a tremendous wealth of technical information there. The moderators of the forums used to love Liteon drives. Now they seem to be leaning toward the Asus drives, but this is the new 48x drive and may not apply to older models.
Sorry I could not give you a real answer. I hope my links help you decide for yourself.
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people say that it`s true, and the reason is this.
when writing CDs, the lens gets a lot of thermal stress. reading CDs at *48, *52 speed may heatup the writing lens. this usually is not serious, but right after burning a CD, reading the same CD without letting it drive cool will give the lens more stress.
sounds right, doesn`t it? i couldn`t say for sure. anyway, a cdrw can burn like 2000 CDs, that`s a enough(2 yrs since i`ve used a CDRW, and i havent even used up 200 CDs.) who cares if u can only burn 1700 or 1800?
LGs are good, here in korea we`ve benchmarked a few CDRWs. i can`t transloate the whole article, but the mean is
: all are very good at writing/rewriting. plextor is the best, followed by LG, liteon, samsung, ASUS. the differences were not much worth mentioning.
are heat produced by the writer, ASUS was the worst. the reviewer feared that this might lead to a shorter lifespan of the drive.
noise produced : LG was the best(but i use this, and i cannot believe him). ASUS was terrible in this catagory. liteon and samsung produced more moise than LG, but not worth mentioning. strange though, there was no mention of plextor.
conclusion was : not much difference. but condisering price, LG, liteon were the best. high end users should go for plextor. ASUS needs a lot of improvement. samsung is getting better, but their products before were so crappy, that we should not risk it.
so i`d say, liteon.
by the way, that benchmark was pretty long, but i think i got all the info needed.
I'd give tbirdXPplus right. Don't use the CD-R(W) to read cd's because u stress the drive, and then shortehens its lifespan. Just use your old CD/DVD drive, and if you think that is is to slow, then trow in a ekstra 35-40$ and buy a new 50-5x CD drive. =)
Btw I've got myself a 24/10/40 LiteOn CD-RW, and it's never caused me any problems. Its mounted in my ols system (P II 233 @ 263 (75 Mhz fsb), 512 MB SD, Quantum HDD's ect. ect.) and I can burn a cd while listening to Mp3z AND browsing the net - and the buffer NEVER gets below 95% =) THATS nice...
I want to use it as CD-ROM and backing up data, games, software and burning music and video cd's. As I want to use it as CD-ROM, reading performance is very important to me. Which 24x/10x/40x CD-RW is superior in reading performance? (Between ASUS and LiteOn)
a lot of non asus lovers i see well i have the Asus 3212A and i have no complaints, also i found backing up games with no problem. I made a copy of Dungeon Seige and it installed and played perfectly on the first try. I've heard good things about both brands so you might go with which one is cheaper. I happened to grab mine for 70 on www.newegg.com (free shipping at the time)
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