Wednesday, February 02, 2005
GSA-4163B DL Burner - Page 1
Electronics, formerly known as GoldStar, was established in 1958 as
the pioneer in the Korean consumer electronics market. Since then, a
lot has changed in LG Electronics. In November 2000, Hitachi and LG
formed a new joint venture to manufacture optical storage drives
under the name "HL-DS". These recorders
are well tuned and with unique features.
After the successful GSA-4160B model, LG releases its latest DVD burner, the
Below are the full specs for the drive:
||DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW
||DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM Mode 1,2, CD-DA, CD-I FMV, CD-ROM XA, Mixed CD, CD Extra, CD-Text, Video CD, Photo CD
||DVD+R 2.4X, 4X, 8X, 12X, 16X
DVD+RW 2.4X, 4X, 8X
DVD+R DL 2.4X, 4X
DVD-R 2X, 4X, 8X, 16X
DVD-RW 1X, 2X, 4X, 6X
DVD-RAM 2X, 3X, 5X(Ver.2.2)
CD-R 4X, 8X, 16X, 24X, 32X, 40X
CD-RW 4X, 10X, 16X, 24X
||DVD-R/-RW/-ROM 10X/8X/16X MAX
DVD+R/+RW/+R DL 10X/8X/8X
CD-ROM 40X Max
|Data Transfer Rate
|Average Access Time
Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:
The drive uses the well known RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times.
- The drive / Retail Package
The LG GSA-4163B retail package includes the internal SuperMulti GSA-4160B
burner, an IDE and an audio cable, four mounting screws, 2 CD-ROM discs and
the warranty. The first CD-ROM disc contains the user manual and the second
CD-ROM disc the bundled software which includes PowerDVD, PowerProducer Gold,
Nero Express, InCD and Acrobat reader. No blank media is included in the retail
LG uses the same typical front panel available on most LG recorders. You can
see the "Super Multi", "DVD+RW", "US-RW" and "DVD
Multi Recorder" logos. However, there is still no DVD+R DL format logo.
On the rear you will find the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF),
the IDE master/slave/cs selector pins, the IDE connector and the power input.
Opening the device's case will void the warranty, so we advise against it. Instead, use the photos in this review for a closer look under the hood. Clicking on the image below will reveal a high resolution image.
Below is a photo of the main chipset used for this drive:
The device was connected in our test PC and was identified as "HL-DT-ST
DVDRAM GSA-4163B" under WinXP.
We received the drive with firmware version A100. We then
flashed the firmware to the latest release, version A102. All
writing tests in this review are made with firmware version A102.
In this review, we will be comparing the drive with the NEC ND3520A and Plextor
PX-716A since all three drives have been recently released and have similar
- Testing software
In order to perform our tests we used:
- Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.61
- CDVD Benchmark v1.21
- ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
- Nero Info Tool v2.27
- PlexTools v2.19a
- DVDInfoPro v3.16
- Nero Burning Rom v18.104.22.168
- DVD Decrypter 22.214.171.124
- CopyToDVD 3.0.42