is this drive a fast ripper? if not what is the fastest ripping burner now?
No its not. The fastest dvd burner for reading is the BenQ 1620 w/ the speed-up FW.
4163 isn't a fast dvd ripper because it has a speed lock for css encrypted discs.
Agree with boobytrap absolutely.
The encryption isnt what slows it down. You could get rid of that with ANYdvd,and it would still be a slow reader, its just riplocked in general.
No, no, no. The firmware itself detects whether the disc is encrypted or not and slows down. Anydvd can't bypass such checks.
I made some test with various burners:
Full rip DVD-9 (7.76 GB)
Pioneer 109 (with XL firmware 1.40): 11:18 minLG GSA-4163B (firmware A104): 18:13 minNEC ND-3520A (firmware 1.U8): 19:50 min riplock removed
The 4163B for me reads slow no matter what is in the drive on DVD-R disks. I have just data disks and again they read back so painfully slow. Bout time we had an alternative firmware to combat this reading problem. After all it is a good drive for writing so why not make big improvements for the read speads !
I second that motion.