Most DVD drives of today have very small buffers. Even the true Plextor PX-760A has only 2 Megabytes. Why is it so if memory is so cheap? Videoadapters now come with ridiculous amount of memory and even Soundblaster has 64 Megs for god knows what purpose (it’s NOT for the synthesizer). I certainly expected a Plextor to contain about 64 megs or so today to stand out in the crowd.
I recall how the 8 megs in my Samsung SW-248B saved me. I was burning a CD at 4x and forgotten about that started to play around in CDex CD ripper. Of course a blue screen resulted, but it said that “it may be possible to continue normally” and the burned disc was OK because the buffer didn’t run out.
Today when even small speed of 4x on DVD (or should it be called 4y?) is comparable to the max speed with CDs, the buffer can be emptied with any processor demanding operations, such as seeking in Extra High compressed APE files. I think a burner would really know how to utilize extra memory.