[QUOTE=Kerry56;2601747]I’m not a Lite-on fan, so I won’t even attempt to advise you about them. Things have gotten complicated with chipsets and brands, since the manufacturers have started playing mix and match with different types. The newest Optiarcs (7280s) are using a Renesas chipset.
Personally, I’d splurge and get the LG blu ray burner from Newegg if I were to buy another optical drive (doubtful). It has been reported to be a very good writer for dvds as well as blu ray.[/QUOTE]
From what I’ve red the Sony Optiarc AD-7260S is considered as a pretty solid drive so that would be an option… maybe.
The strange thing is I get really really bad results when burning Philips/Sony DVD-/+R 16Ã— type of discs on 4-8x with my current NEC Optiarc AD-7201S. When burning on 12x I get a solid 95-97 quality score. The drive is also a bit unstable in Windows 7 sometimes but that could also be related to my AMD770 chipset or sata/ide settings in the bios.
But dvd-writers are pretty cheap so I’d rather buy a new one. I don’t burn or play blu-rays at least not on disc and they are much more expensive. I do rip audio cd’s regularly so the drive must have solid DAE quality support.
I’ve never heard of a Renesas chipset, is it considered good or bad?