The drive arrived in the OEM package. It is an extension of the 16x DVD-ROM line from Pioneer. This drive often ships as an OEM version under the trade marks of various big companies. The design of the front side is very ascetic as it incorporates only a Load/Eject button. The front panel has a rubber layer to reduce noise and protect from dust. The drive supports operation via the UDMA/66 interface and, after installation, the BIOS will remind you that you should use the respective cable.
Additional information on the device
EAC Configuration Wizard
As usual, both programs have different attitude toward processing C2 errors. But I trust the EAC more because this program directly extracts audio tracks, and if it asserts that it can't use C2, it means it.
Quality of operation with CDs
Testing with a standard CD
CD-ROM Drive Analyzer
Scratched CD reading
Advanced DAE Quality(Nero CD-Speed)
CD audio track extraction (CDDAE 99, EAC)
Direct copying of information from 780 MB CD-R (90 min.) to HDD
The drive couldn't read the 780MB disc - it had errors at the end and screamed trying to read the information but the attempts were futile.
Quality of operation with DVD
Nero DVD Speed
Testing with the one-layer DVD
Testing with the two-layer DVD
Compatibility with recordable DVD
DVD-Video playback with Cyberlink PowerDVD 4.0
The DVD video was played without any problems. No artifacts were noticed. The quality wasn't affected either when the layer was changed.
On the whole, the drive is noisy when working at the maximum speed. It's possible to reduce the speed only using external programs. Nero DriveSpeed supports only 12X, but with the Pioneer's utilities you can change it.
However, this utility is not flexible enough as there are only two modes available, but, as a trade-off, you can set a desired mode permanently.
In operation with the unbalanced discs the drive vibrated noticeably though not too strongly. However, it didn't prevent the drive from reading the disc successfully at the high speed.
The thermal conditions are good. The measurements were taken after 2-hour
Possibility to make it multizone (RPC-1)
According to www.firmware-flash.com/ it's possible to change the status of the drive from RPC-2 (region locked) to RPC-1 (region free).
This is a further extension of the DVD-ROM line from Pioneer. The drive sports
good compatibility with all types of CD and DVD media and works quickly enough,
especially with DVD. But it's unable to work with 90min CDs and has modest CD
speed control functions. By and large, this is one of the most popular DVD-ROM
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