Hi all, my first post here.
I am in teh market to buy a DVD-R drive, and I have a hard time choosing.
I am a fan of Plextor, as I own a CD-RW 12x10x32 from them, and I would like to buy a Plextor again…
However from the reactions I get for the 716 drive, I am a little worried.
As I see it, today is not like 5 years ago when I bought the plextor CD-RW. Back then, plextor was the best hands down. But in the last years, companies have emerged in the DVD-RW arena with exceptional drives like NEC…and very competitive prices.
Doing a direct comparison between the NEC and the plextor, the plextor offers more buffer memory, but I don’t think it will make any difference since today with technologies like burnproof, you don’t risk buffer underruns anyway…
However I have heard of problems with this drive, problems that the NEC doesn’t have, and I was kinda dissappointed by that.
So basically, I want to buy the plextor, because I am a fan, and I am willing to pay the higher price for it, but I want it to be worth it. I don’t want to just buy the Plextor name, but end up with a similar or worse drive to the NEC.
So hjere I ask you, is the drive equal or better to the NEC, are these problems I have read about fixed in newer revisions, or with other firmwares?
Or should I just go buy the NEC and save the rest of the money for a future blue-ray drive?
PS: I got a DFI NF4 motherboard, and I have heard of some incompatibility issues with the plextor drive and NF4 boards. Is that true or they were isolated occurences?