[QUOTE=Ibex;2195030]Which DVD+R discs are you referring to? All drives have their strengths and weaknesses with particular makes of disc. If you are using a particular make of DVD+R disc then there may be a drive that is especially good for those discs. Have a look through the CDFreaks reviews so you can get an idea of which drives do wekk with your prefered makes of disc.
The Optiarc AD-7200 series are excellent all rounders and are probably the most frequently recommended drive in recent months (not the AD-7220 series). They can also be found rebadged as Sony. The second most recommended drive would be a Pioneer (can’t remember the model numbers). Certain LG drives are also highly regarded. Even Lite-On drives have their fans (although I am not one) and can be excellent DVD writers, but as with all drives it depends on which make of disc you are using.
My favorite all rounders are the 20x Samsungs (SH-S202/3) which were the most frequently recommended drives before the Optiarc AD-7200. Sadly these have been replaced by the 22x SH-S222/3 series which do not look as good. At the moment though (here in the UK) there are still plenty of SH-S202/3 to be found.
The Samsungs has the advantage of being a decent DVD quality scanner and an excellent CD reader & writer (always useful to have). The Pioneers and LGs cannot scan and Optiarcs are traditionally not considered reliable scanners (although the AD-7200 look like an improvement). Lite-On drives are generally regarded as the best DVD scanners currently available.
All of these drives are available in SATA versions; for the Samsungs look for a 2x3 model and for the Optiarcs look for an “S” on the end of the model name (I’m not up to date on the others).
Nexperia based Benq drives are gone for good. But if you wished to keep your Benq then you could use a PATA controller card or PATA to SATA bridge. But do your research first, some controller chips don’t support optical drives properly and those that do may need to be flashed to a non-RAID BIOS first. If you really don’t want to keep you Benq I could give it a good home.;)[/QUOTE]
Thanks. I’m currently burning with a spindle of Verbatim DVD+R disks that I got a couple years ago and I have a whole bunch of them still. I don’t do a lot of burning but when I burn I want it to be good since I may play the disks in one of many DVD players or computers.
I also burn some music disks as well. I’ve seen that LiteOn seems to be a little weak in that area.
The new board I’m getting will still have PATA, but I’d rather reduce the blockage of airflow that would be caused by a cable going across the entire case. Going all SATA would allow me to really clean up the case.
As far as scanning goes… I don’t do that, really. I just burn disks and use them.