Is it time to upgrade?

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#1

I have two drives currently that I use to burn on the fly. A Nec ND-3500AG and BenQ DW1640. Is the Optiarc AD-7240S a significant upgrade? Are there any drives that I can upgrade to besides the Optiarc AD-7240S? Or in addition to the Optiarc AD-7240S?


#2

Hi,

the 7240S series is considered as the best allrounder at the moment. But please be aware that this is a Sata drive, so you might need an additional Sata controller (unless you have a reliable Sata controller onboard).
I would keep the Benq additionally and retire the Nec-3500.

Main advantage of a newer drive: better support of recent blank media. I doubt, it will improve the way you are using your drives. Burning “on the fly” is not recommended at all.

Michael


#3

Thanks for responding, Michael.

What did you mean by the need of a Sata Controller? Isn’t it just plug and play like a Sata hard drive?

Also are you implying that the DW1640 is better than the 3500AG?

Thanks again.


#4

Depends heavily on the motherboard. Some (AMD and Intel, mostly) work nicely with optical drives, while others do not and need additional controller for that.


#5

Hi,[QUOTE=AznKwaiJai;2464091]Thanks for responding, Michael.[/quote]You’re Welcome :slight_smile:

What did you mean by the need of a Sata Controller? Isn’t it just plug and play like a Sata hard drive?
Normally, it’s plug’n’pray, indeed. Some Sata controllers do not work very well with optical drives, especially those on older motherboards. “You may need a Sata controller card” is my standard advice for unknown hardware :wink:

Also are you implying that the DW1640 is better than the 3500AG?

The Benq is a good scanner also. But if you like, you can put the remaining drive into an external enclosure.

Michael


#6

I’m using a somewhat new mobo. GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P. I want to believe that it is compatible.

I assume having 3 burners in one computer is sillie. I guess external enclosure or just pawn it off online. BenQ is the keeper to combo with the Optiarc.

Thanks. You are everything a Mod should be.


#7

Hi,[QUOTE=AznKwaiJai;2464424]I’m using a somewhat new mobo. GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P. I want to believe that it is compatible.[/quote]Okay. I wouldn’t expect problems with that either. And, if I remember correctly, with that motherboard you can set two of the six Sata ports as IDE independently from the other four :slight_smile:

I assume having 3 burners in one computer is sillie.
Why not? If you have an empty drive bay… :wink: I have 4 optical drives installed (plus 4 external) :smiley:
Thanks. You are everything a Mod should be.
You’re very welcome - and thanks :slight_smile:

Michael