Samsung SH-S203B

Is this drive a good choice for quality scanning?

Also what is the difference between the SH-S203B and SH-S203D model? What would be the best choice between the two?

Until someone is willing to review SH-S203D, the difference is unknown.

There are already several other threads asking basically the same question, e.g.
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/different-kind-drives-just-marketing-trick-232142/
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/s203b-s203d-232679/
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/sh-s203b-vs-sh-s203d-235630/
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/whats-best-sh-203b-d-n-p-235612/

When just comparing the specs, then the difference is DVD-R DUAL is 16x on SH-S203[B]B[/B] and only 12x on SH-S203[B]D[/B]

Have look yourself:
SH-S203D: http://www.samsungodd.com/Eng/Products/Spec/spec.asp?functionvalue=view&parent_idx=4133&level_idx=4412
SH-S203B: http://www.samsungodd.com/Eng/Products/Spec/spec.asp?functionvalue=view&parent_idx=4133&level_idx=4403

On some online shop I found the SH-S203D access time for CD-ROM with 130ms and DVD-ROM with 150ms higher than for the SH-S203B, but this is unconfirmed and could well be a mistake.

When looking at scans thread for SH-S203D, I’m not quite sure whether you get the same good burning quality like on the SH-S203B. I’d be careful if you asked me…

Megodin

Hi,[QUOTE=Megodin;1972764]Until someone is willing to review SH-S203D, the difference is unknown.
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When just comparing the specs, then the difference is DVD-R DUAL is 16x on SH-S203[B]B[/B] and only 12x on SH-S203[B]D[/B][/quote]I might add that 203D SB00 supports more media than 203B SB01. Also, some write speeds are different for the same media. MCC004 is supported @18x with 203D and @20x with 203B.

Michael

Hi,

I can see the question of what the difference between the 203D and 203B is, is not solved.
in the last link of the 4 links provided above ( http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/whats-…-d-n-p-235612/ ) one guy wanted to test both.

Now, I have a 203 D and the 203 B seems to be the more expensive and faster version.
But the D is more compatible.

Question: I want to upgrade my 203D SB00 firmwared burner, which oddly was never any update offered by samsung, with the 203B SB04 firmware.

Can i do that ?

Or will the burner then be not accessible anymore ?

Hi,[quote=MrT;2074042]
Question: I want to upgrade my 203D SB00 firmwared burner, which oddly was never any update offered by samsung,[/quote]you have ignored the firmware announcement thread, marked as [B]Read First[/B].

with the 203B SB04 firmware.

Can i do that ?
You can get new doorstops cheaper.:bigsmile:

Michael

[QUOTE=MrT;2074042]
Can i do that ?[/QUOTE]

I don’t believe the 203B fw is compatible with the D version of the drive maybe a
small difference in internal hardware or something like that. :confused:

[quote=getit29;2074262]I don’t believe the 203B fw is compatible with the D version of the drive maybe a
small difference in internal hardware or something like that. :confused:[/quote]:iagree: You’re correct. The D has different hardware.

Really ???

ok, thank you !

What is different in the hardware: is one better than the other, or is it just another setting of precision, which means higher possible speeds but generally more jitter?
like a formula 1 car with a rain setup, which isnt that fast, but ready for rain ?

I doubt, the 203D was released because it is better or optimised.
Availability of components and their price is often a reason to replace a product by a successor model.

Michael

yeah i didnt mean it is better everywhere.

just optimised for high speed burning but less compatible medias, etc.

i found the 203D FR/FB (fastread fastburn) files.

I think it is secure to flash them, isnt it ?

Jens