New Drives: PX-820A and PX-820SA

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#1

Plextor seems to be readying the release of new 20x drives:

PX-820A
PX-820SA

Nothing on their national sites yet, but Tigerdirect has them in their On-line catalogue already:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3832388

Can’t say for sure yet but it looks like they rebadged NEC drives.

Specifications:
Cache Size: 2 MB
DVD+R Write Speed: 20x
DVD+RW Rewrite Speed: 8X
DVD-R Write Speed: 20x
DVD-RW Rewrite Speed: 6x
DVD Read Speed: 20x
DVD-RAM Write Speed: 12x
DVD Access Time: 160 ms
CD Write Speed: 48x
CD Rewrite Speed: 32x
CD Read Speed: 48x
CD Access Time: 140 ms
Length: 6.69"
Width: 5.75"
Height: 1.63"
Weight: 1.52 lbs.
Load Type: Tray
Interface Type: E-IDE / ATAPI
Enclosure Type: Internal
Compatible Writable Media: CD-R
CD-RW
DVD+R
DVD-RAM
DVD-RW
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD+R DL
DVD-R DL

  Writing Modes:  	Disc-at-Once
  	Incremental Recording
  	Multi-border recording
  	Multisession
  	Packet writing
  	Restricted overwriting
  	Sequential recording
  	Session-at-Once

  Supported Formats:  	CD-DA
  	CD-Extra
  	CD-i/FMV
  	CD-ROM Mode 1
  	CD-ROM Mode 2
  	CD-ROM XA
  	CD-Text
  	Photo CD
  	Video CD

#2

[QUOTE=hwp;2060564]
Can’t say for sure yet but it looks like they rebadged NEC drives.

DVD Read Speed: 20x
[/QUOTE]

It is a 7200A/S, the only think that looks weird
is the 20x dvd read speed, maybe Liggy or Dee
can tell us more is the drive can read that fast:eek::eek::eek::eek:.


#3

Boooooooooo! More rebadges :Z

I’m glad I will take delivery of a new-in-box 716SA this week bought off ebay :iagree:


#4

[QUOTE=vroom;2060572]It is a 7200A/S, the only think that looks weird
is the 20x dvd read speed, maybe Liggy or Dee
can tell us more is the drive can read that fast:eek::eek::eek::eek:.[/QUOTE]
I already tried to find the area in the drive’s firmware that actually selects at which speed the motor spins. But I have to admit, that I failed finding it yet :o


#5

[QUOTE=Liggy;2060682]I already tried to find the area in the drive’s firmware that actually selects at which speed the motor spins. But I have to admit, that I failed finding it yet :o[/QUOTE]

It’s not that important, at least you tried:).


#6

another rebadges :a and :Z $80


#7

[QUOTE=Burnsama;2060709]another rebadges :a and :Z $80[/QUOTE]

You can always get the Optiarc for half the price :).


#8

At the rate they’re going, they’ve now joined the rest of them. No more (long term) firmware support, buy a new drive instead.

Plenty of unsold 800/810’s left on the shelves where I’m at. Wonder if they’ll go on sale.


#9

They are very expensive, that’s why the stay unsold[B]*[/B].

[B]*[/B]Personal opinion.


#10

[QUOTE=vroom;2060753]They are very expensive, that’s why the stay unsold[B]*[/B].

[B]*[/B]Personal opinion.[/QUOTE]

Agreed. Unity Electronics has about 87 PX-740A left, but at $59. They need to drop the price cause then I’d definitely buy another BenQ DW1640 rebadge.


#11

and I saw many return 800A and 810SA
( Also My friend return two 800A ) last year


#12

//offtopic

Funny my second 7173A still works fine, the first was dead on arrival.


#13

Plextor Japan has just completely redone their homepage:
http://www.plextor.jp/

Before it was very much centered on optical drives. Now that’s just one part of it.


#14

Plextor Japan now has put up the product pages:

820A:
http://www.plextor.jp/pc/products/px820a/index.html

820SA:
http://www.plextor.jp/pc/products/px820sa/index.html


#16

and I saw many return 800A and 810SA

Can you return a drive, saying you had no idea it was a rebadged Pioneer? Probably depends on a store.


#17

Well if the new drive would read burned discs at 20x it would be nice! But most probably it is only for pressed singlelayer data discs. Burned discs 8x CAV reading at maximum :frowning:


#18

Very likely that 20x reading was only a typo on the Tigerdirect page. The Plextor page says 16x for SL and 12x for DL reading (ROM and -R), which seems more realistic :slight_smile:


#19

I often come round remembering the good old days where drives were faster in reading than in writing!

In my opinion that was much better, because I read a disc often and burn it only once so i save more time when it is fast reading than fast writing!


#20

has anybody bought one of these yet now that newegg has them in stock? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249032 has anybody confirmed which company they rebadged it from?


#21

[QUOTE=hclarkjr;2103651]has anybody bought one of these yet now that newegg has them in stock? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249032 has anybody confirmed which company they rebadged it from?[/QUOTE]

These are confirmed Optiarc AD-7200 drives.