Got a new PC with a LG GDR-8163B and Pioneer DVR-109 drive pair.
Old PC had a Liteon 1213S and a Sony CRX320E (5232k)
At the moment, I have the CRX320E in an external (no drive bays!)
To critique the supplied drives…
- 8163B - did better than any of the other drives at audio protections (CDRINFO test), but has a miserable 8x max speed on DVD+/-R. No scanning support at all.
- DVR-109 - Not Pioneer’s greatest, but an adequate writer. Limited scanning capability that has already given me some very untrustworthy results.
The two alternatives…
- CRX320E - possibly the most capable at SD2 protections, scanning works, even if not as reliable as DVD writer scans, also capable of Mount Rainier CD-RW.
- 1213S - now convertible to non-crossflash with latest firmwares, but the 109 is probably a better DVD writer. It’s a more “standard” scanning platform than the combo.
Now unless there’s a really compelling reason to do otherwise (since the enclosure has a far from quiet fan), the extra drive will only be “filling in the gaps” and the other two will do the most work.
Almost tempted to swap out the LG DVD-ROM and fit the CRX320E, but that removes the best audio protection reader, and the PC has a 3 year warranty (though they do allow upgrades), but pulling out a supplied drive, in a case that’s a real swine to work on, is something I’d prefer to avoid.
So, a CRX320E combo, or a 1213S DVD writer… agree/disagree with keeping the Combo as a “gap filler”?
It’s a point of principle to be able to beat those protections, should it come to it, as I’ve not had occasion to yet.