LG 32x and 40x buffer memory 8MB -> 2MB -> 8MB

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#1

http://www.kbench.com/news/;jsessionid=GKKOGEMIPOKA?no=13708&pcategory=1

Thousands of angry South Korean customers and netizens have been very recently protesting as to the reduced buffer memory in the 32x and 40x CD writers from LG Electronics.

  1. LG advertized both GCE-8320B and GCE-8400B would have 8MB buffer and that had been what the customers found excellent and true.

  2. Some customers at CDRinfo.co.kr, KBench.com, and other forums reported that there were only 2MB in their LG writers. CDRinfo.co.kr dedicated a column reporting on it and further investigated the issue with a new review to show the performance difference between 2MB LG writers and 8MB LG writers. CDRinfo.co.kr and a few others visited LG Electronics located on Pyungtaek city south of Seoul, Korea. LG admitted that there had been some mistakes.

  3. On May 28, today, LG Electronics announced on its official website that the customers who bought 32x and 40x drives with only 2MB will be given a free exchange with 8MB drives. It would take time to change the production line so the exchange will start on June 5 and end on June 29.

Related columns and reviews:

CDRinfo.co.kr
http://www.cdrinfo.co.kr/hardware/view.asp?no=390&forum_id=review
http://www.cdrinfo.co.kr/hardware/view.asp?no=403&forum_id=review
http://www.cdrinfo.co.kr/hardware/view.asp?no=417&forum_id=review

K-Bench.com
http://www.kbench.com/hardware/?no=13637§ion=6
http://www.kbench.com/hardware/?no=13577§ion=6


#2

Didn’t know Koreans where that picky… Maybe we should protest too, even if a 8 MB buffer is a bit too much to have any real use…

:slight_smile:


#3

I’d like a writer with 990 MB of buffer.

In that way who needs buffer underrun technology.

If possible , solid state ram , so that if by any problem the power goes down , i could still write the cd without reading the source again :slight_smile:


#4

Originally posted by Airhead
[B]Didn’t know Koreans where that picky… Maybe we should protest too, even if a 8 MB buffer is a bit too much to have any real use…

:slight_smile: [/B]

For what I’ve read around there are 2 versions of this burner, and I don’t mean just because of the cache. They seem to have different hardware.

Anyone care to enlighten us? Which one is korean?


#5

Originally posted by BetrayerX
[B]

For what I’ve read around there are 2 versions of this burner, and I don’t mean just because of the cache. They seem to have different hardware.

Anyone care to enlighten us? Which one is korean? [/B]

Hm.

From my own research, I have concluded that:

In overseas market which accounts for nearly 98 percent of LG market shware, there were two versions, one with 2MB buffer memory and the other with 8MB buffer memory.

In domestic market which accounts for only 2 percent of LG market share, there were only one and that was what the 40,000 buyers of LG 32x and 40x CD-RW drive expected to get. Later, they found out their drives had only 2MB buffer memory. All the documents and advertisements had been saying there are 8MB. It was a market mistake. LG Electronics reduced the buffer memory in its domestic market without telling the customers and retailers first.

There were 40,000 32x and 40x LG CD-RW drives with only 2MB buffer and the buyers will all get free exchange with 8MB version IF they visit LG Electronics service centers around the country and ask for exchange.

Yes, I have checked the advertisements and specifications in LG sites and stores selling those drives in other markets and they said either with 2MB or 2/8MB.

BTW, LG Electronics will be shipping four to five million CD-RW drives each month in the second half of this year. 70 percent of CD-RW drives being sold in South Korea are made by LG.


#6

Originally posted by Mr. Belvedere
[B]I’d like a writer with 990 MB of buffer.

In that way who needs buffer underrun technology.

If possible , solid state ram , so that if by any problem the power goes down , i could still write the cd without reading the source again :slight_smile: [/B]

Isn’t using RAM disk/drive a better way to cope with buffer underrunning?

At least in Seoul,

LG or Samsung 40x CD writer: Over 130,000 Korean Won

compared to

Samsung 256MB DDR PC2100: 40,000 Korean Won

768MB DDR modules cost less than one 40x CD writer.

However, I really think a CD/DVD writer with over 64MB buffer memory is a good idea. One 512Mbit (64MB) DDR memory chip would cost under $5 maybe.


#7

More pictures and information on LG 32x, 40x, and 48x writers here:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=4554


#8

Thnx for the info Kenshin.
Appreciated.