So I just picked up one of those OEM NEC 3500AG's off Ebay. It looks just like the Newegg drive I have but the loading tray on the inside is beige not black and does not say NEC anywhere on the unit.
When installed it identified as a 3500AG with 2.98FW. First thing I did was flash to Herrie's 2.18 which is what I've been using on my Newegg purchased 3500 for some time. Thing is that I am getting some high PIF spikes on my scans with the new drive that are absent on my original 3500. See scan to see what I mean. It doesn't matter what media I use it still has those spikes.
Any ideas what's going on?
BTW DMA is on, I'm using MS drivers and both the NEC's are on primary locations.