For those wanting to se my review computer…
The following only counts for 20.3.2004 - as my computer and especially optical drives in it changes constantly.
That is how it looks, should be black/blue but it’s black/purple. I do still not have enough space for optical drives so I put some on top of it in firewire/usb2 enclosures.
rdgrimes asked what I use the drives for, so here you go:
Also marked what drives I’ve bought myself, the others is review samples.
on top of the case in enclosures:
Toshiba SD-M1612: hacked and allows reading of DVDR/RW media at 16x speed, so far no discs have been read without drops in speed. Use it as a torture test to see how good the readability of a written DVDR/RW disc is. Most discs have huge bumps and slowdowns, but a few disc types written with a few selected writers only have a slight drop in speed at the very end of the disc. bought by me
LG GSA-4040B: The only drive I have that is able to write DVD-RAM, and that’s basically what I use it for. Creating DVD-RAM discs for testing purposes. bought by me
Mediagear (BTC DRW-1004IM): It have some nice media bays in the front I transfer the images from the SD card used in my HP Photosmart 850 camera with this unit - not much use beside that.
And finally a removable harddrive bay - sometimes I need some data from old harddrives I’ve laying around…
Inside case, from top:
BTC DRW1008IM: Under review now
NU DDW-081/82: Just reviewed, waiting to be shipped back to NU Europe Very nice for writing DVD+R at 8x, especially ricohjpnr01.
NEC ND-2500A: Nice DVD-Writer for both DVD-R and DVD+R, my favourite for dirt cheap DVD-R discs like princo and Lead data bought by me
Lite-On LDW-411S. My K-Probe PI/PO measurement drive. bought by me
Memorex dual-X1 (Pioneer DVR-106D): It’s just sitting there I use it mainly to write my princo 1x discs(bought 200 dirt cheap at sale) at 2x (using hacked firmware) with superb quality ( PI avg below 10 and PO below 0.x).
Pioneer DVR-107D: Just sitting there at the moment - don’t use it much as I wasn’t very satisfied with it (could be just my sample though). Best writer for writing Verbatim/mitsubishi 8x DVD+R though.
Lite-On LTR-52246S: My C1/C2 K-Probe scanner. bought by me
Plextor PX-708A: Just because it’s plextor… Use it for reference only. I do not use it much really as I do not like it that much - It’s not particulary good at anything actually. Plextools is still nice though bought by me
Lite-On LDW-811S: Good allrounder, nice CD-Writing quality. Not as bad as some is whining it is…
JLMS XJ-HD165H. Using it to make the transfer graphs for my reviews. bought by me
Emergency floppydrive It’s in there if I need it, had to connect it to get the raid drivers loaded when installing xp. I plan to mod the case a bit with more 3.5" bays in the bottom - I’ll place them so that the 12x12cm fan in the front cools them down.
And there is the 3.5" bays I’ve added at the top - holds 4 harddrives with some air between each. Gets cooled by the 12x12cm fan behind them blowing the hot air out of the case.
Yes I know it’s messy in there, and it doesn’t matter for me. Earlier I tried to tie up cables etc but I change my computer stuff nearly weekly so that is to much hassle to do every time.
And thanks to the 12x12cm fans and the 9,2x9,2cm CPU fan it’s also less noisy compared to before, the noisiest things in there now is my harddrives and the radeon 9800 PRO fan (Still not quiet like my laptop tough).
Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-8KNXP i875P.
Intel IDE controller:
PM: Optical drive - often a drive under review/just finished.
PS: Optical drive - often a drive under review/just finished.
SM: Optical drive - often a drive under review/just finished.
SS: Lite-On LDW-411S for K-Probe
Intel S-ATA: 2 x 160Gb in RAID 0 for speed - containing the operating system. (Risky - but I try to backup often).
Silicon Image S-ATA: 2 x 250Gb WD 2500PD S-ATA for storage.
ITE IDE controller:
PM: Hitachi 250Gb
PS: Seagate 200Gb
SM: Optical drive
SS: Optical drive
Add on card IDE controller (Silicon Image CMD-649):
PM: Lite-On LTR-52246S
PS: Plextor PX-708A
SM: JLMS XJ-HD165H
SS: Optical drive
Those named “Optical drive” Changes often.
The horse (CPU) running this is a P4C 2.8GHz
Memory is 2 x 512Mb Xerox PC3500
Video card is Radeon 9800 PRO
Sound is SB Audigy 2
and a :Z dialup modem :Z
My monitor is a Samtron(Samsung) 17" LCD
Some cheap ass JAZZ 2.1 speakers (will upgrade to creative 7.1 system sometime…)
a Packard Bell scanner and a Canon BJC-6100 printer.
That’s about it. And my laptop:
Whitebox CL50 (www.compal.com is the manufacurer of the base unit):
1.5GHz Pentium M
60Gb 5400rpm HDD
ATI Radeon mobile 9000
QSI SBW-242 CD-Writer/DVD reader combo.
That’s about it…