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MSI MS-8312

Specification of the MSI MS-8312:
Firmware version 9.BC
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD (single and multisessions), CD-Text, CD-Extra, Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - unsupported
Average access time 100 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x, 8X, 12X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 8X
Buffer underrun error prevention technology Seamless Link
Interface PIO Mode 4
Reading 32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date June 2000
Manufacturer Malaysia
Price as tested N/a

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Quick Installation Guide in 7 languages;
  • CD with software for disc recording Nero Burning Rom and InCD 1.9.0 from Ahead Software;
  • Manual on the Nero;
  • General recommendations on handling the drive;
  • High Speed CD-RW disc (4X8X);
  • 4 screws;
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
  • Diskette with MS-DOS drivers.

ATIP: 97m 26s 65f
Disc Manufacturer: CMC Magnetics Corp.
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X max. 8X
nominal Capacity: CMC Magnetics Corp.

This drive is a result of the OEM collaboration of MSI and Acer. The appearance, technical characteristics and accessories are almost the same as of the Acer's model.

The only disadvantage of such similiarity is that even the design hasn't changed. The MS-8312, like the Acer CRW 1208A, is identified as "ATAPI CD-R/RW 12x8x32".

We have already written about the Seamless Link technology: here you can learn about it.

The front panel is not so roundish as that of the Acer's one. The only it lacks for is a button for audio CD playback without additional utilities.

A traditional tray door, a headphones jack, a mechanical volume control, a tray button, an emergency ejection hole and two LEDs. On the rear panel there is a digital-out.

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