first post goes here… Please bear with me, I usually end up with pretty long introductions…
IÂ´m in process of building a new computer from the scratch. The first job I would like to start with the new machine is to store all my 1000+ CDs in lossless format, in order to be able to store the original CDs in somewhere safe and to make browsing through the catalog a bit easier.
Processing that kind of number of CDs will take time, of course, but quality is the most important factor. While extracting the audio, it would be nice to be able to use the computer for other tasks, without affecting the quality of the DAE. Bit-perfect is the only acceptable result, but gaming while DAEing would be nice…
I think I still should categorise myself as a die-hard SCSI-fan, largely because my previous encounters with ATAPI-devices have been somewhat disapointing (although the experiences date back a couple of years.) Especially, I used to hate the way the computer stalls while inserting a new CD, and the CPU-meter would indicate that ATAPI really wasn’t usable for true, stable multitasking.
Therefore, I had already decided that I would purchase a Plextor PleXWriter 40/12/40S -drive and some good Ultra-SCSI adapter. Then I read the following review and got worried (the URL points to the most important benchmark, DAE):
The review compares the SCSI- and ATAPI-version of the Plextor drive, and I was stunned to read that the CPU-usage of the SCSI-version is considerably higher and interface burst rate lower than those of the ATAPI-version.
Referring to the review, I have a couple of questions:
- Could the worse CPU-usage of the SCSI-drive be explained by for example by the SCSI-adapter used (Tekram DC-390U3W) or have ATAPI-interfaces really improved so much that SCSI takes more CPU-cycles?
- Regardless of CPU-usage, what is your experience of SCSI vs. ATAPI in practical terms, is working with SCSI still more fluent? Especially, do modern computer still get “paralyzed” when inserting CDs etc?
- My sole use for this particular CD-RW-drive will be DAE, also from scratched CDs (I really havenÂ´t stored them they way they deserve) :o Writing speed or quality is not important, therefore. Also, I think I can bear the cost related to the drive or adapter, even if itÂ´s SCSI (divided by 1000+ CDs the cost per archived CD is relatively small, donÂ´t you think… ) So, would you recommend Plextor PleXWriter 40/12/40S or is some other (SCSI- or non-SCSI) CD-RW superior (like for example Plextor Premium?)
- If I will purchase the SCSI-drive, can you recommend some good SCSI-adapter? Again, price is not so relevant, usage of system resources is…
- If IÂ´ll end up with a SCSI-drive, do you think it would be better to move the extracted data to a SCSI-harddrive (CPU-usage-wise) than a PATA- or SATA -based drive? IÂ´m planning building the system on a motherboard with Sil 3114 SATA-RAID-controller, would transferring the extracted data to that drive negate the advantages of the SCSI-drive (by using system resources)?
- Do Plextor SCSI-drives still have the annoying :a little fan at the backside?
Sorry for so many questions :o , I thank you for your help in advance…
With best regards,
P.S. For better coverage, I posted the question to some other sitesÂ´ forums as well, dunno if thatÂ´s against forum policy… Is it?
P.P.S. While writing the message, why on earth do the smileys end up at the end of my message body, not matter where the cursor is?