While I am not new to burning, I am not as informed about systems and performance as many of you. I recently purchased a Pacific Digital MACH 16X which is of course a rebadged BenQ 1620. Having a manufacture date of August 2004, I immediately flashed the latest FW and it now has the FW G7P9…I am assuming that’s the latest FW from BenQ…or??
I have to say, this BenQ 1620 rocks. It blows the doors off of the LiteOn 411s I have on my other machine. :Z The LiteOn is soooo finicky about media compared to his BenQ I can’t even compare them. I had 2 stacks of Staples $5 special cake boxes of TEON 4X +R’s…DVD Info. ID’d them as Phillips…which I bought back in April. 8 0f 10 were coasters in the Liteon.
The BenQ is burning them PERFECTLY at 8 and get this…12X.
The BenQ was a great bargain too. I was almost going to go with the NEC 3500 from Newegg or similar but the Pacific Digital at Staples for $55 after rebate and coupon filled the need for instant gratification!
Finally, my question: I am running a brand new bargain box Compaq($180 after rebate from Staples) I added another stick of RAM for a total of 496MB(16MB are set to onboard video)…Is there a performance effect on burning with the 1620 with the increased RAM?