I have been given a HP DVD Burner P/N 376461-HDO. I have found very little information available online about it. I was hoping someone here could provide more information as I am thinking of using it in a system build if it is good enough.
Identifying Information -
Name: HP DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
Manufactured: January 2005
H/W Rev: 00
F/W Rev: BB03
Other Identifying Marks:
BENG (IT) Co. Ltd.
Regulatory M/N: LVLDB-0407-00
From what I have been able to surmise form the label and from “Google” this is a BENQ 16x DVD+R/RW VS2 Dual Layer CTS drive rebranded as an HP Workstation drive. Of course I don’t even know what most of that means (i.e VS2, CTS…)
What I don’t know is what BENQ drive serves as its equivalent, is it firmware upgradeable, is it even a decent drive for home use in a performance PC.
The system I am building is as follows:
Computer Case: Lian Li PCV-1100B Plus
Power Supply: Seasonic S12-600
Motherboard: Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
CPU Fan: Zalman CNPS9500
Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5
RAM: Corsair XMS Pro TWINX2048-3500LLPRO 2GB
Video Cards: eVGA 7800GTX KO 256MB 256-P2-N529-AX (x2) in SLI
Sound Card: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB WD1500ADFD
Optical Drive: Plextor 716A DVDÂ±R/RW CD-R/RW
Monitor: Dell 2405FPW 24" Widescreen LCD
Keyboard: Logitech G-15
Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser
As you can see I was about to buy a Plextor 716A DVD Burner. My research has suggested that though the Plextor has a great reputation as a fast drive with great software tools, it has has poor reliability. Then this HP fell into my lap for and I thought it might serve as a lesser but acceptable substitute.
If there are any other suggestions on a Fast DVD-ROM and/or DVD R/W drive I would be very intersted in hearing of them from the knowledgable members of ClubCDFreaks.