WHY such a big diff in CPU Req: BenQ -v- Lite-On?

Hi All,
was comparing the BenQ DW1655 to the Lite-On SHM-165H6S…

noticed the Lite-on has way higher CPU requirements than the DW1655;

Lite-On SHM-165H6S = P4 1.3 GHz
Benq DW1655 = P3 550 MHz

What gives ?


Optical drives don’t really have strict CPU requirements, so long as the system can run it in the appropriate DMA mode, you’re fine. Lite-On probably went with that figure so people wouldn’t complain how long transcoding takes on their P3 500.

Anyone else have any more insight to that one?

As tehGrue says, those aren’t really true requirements. If you have a smooth running system, you could easily get away with using either of your drives on a P2, although your system may not be fast enough for higher speed burns such as 16x in such a situation.

Yup it’s all about planned obsolescence. By setting artifically high system requirements, people unnecessarily purchase new hardware and more money goes to the industry. Never mind that in many cases the hardware doesn’t need to be replaced, but who doesn’t like a brand spanking new shiny computer? :stuck_out_tongue:

Could be it has more to do with the software bundle than the drive. I have an LG GSA-4166B here that shows PIII 800 Mhz required but P4 2.4 Ghz as recommended.