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It's a fact that the various DVD related recording formats are
trying to be established in the market and to earn the confidence of the candidate
users. However, the DVD recording speed and the compatibility between these
formats are some of the main issues that may be confusing but also interesting.
DVD-ROM manufacturers are following the DVD technology formats and try to expand
their DVD media reading compatibility list, and to improve the performance of
Behavior Tech Computer (BTC) presents its DVD reading proposal with a new
drive, the "BTC BDV316B". The ATAPI internal drive supports
16X DVD reading speed and 48X CD speed. On the other hand, Pioneer offers the
"DVD-106S/2", another ATAPI internal DVD-ROM drive also supporting
16X DVD reading speed and 40X CD speed. Both drives are compatible to the most
of the CD/DVD formats and come with one-year warranty. We compare both drives
with the already tested LiteOn LTD-163 and AOpen 1648 DVD-ROMs.
- Pioneer DVD-106S/2
DVD-106S/2 is the OEM of DVD-A06S/2 ATAPI internal DVD-ROM drive. It supports
16x DVD and 40x CD reading speeds. It supports the UDMA66 interface, which will
give you lower CPU usage in the various tasks, and has an analog and a digital
output (SPDIF). The drive comes with a 256KB cache buffer and supports almost
all DVD and CD formats: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA,
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-I, Video CD, Photo-CD, CD-Extra. Its price is approximately
In the picture below there is the front side of the drive. As you
can see, the drive is slot-in, and has the "DVD-ROM" logo just below the media
slot. You will also find the usual connectors: headphone jack, volume control,
power-on busy led, and the eject button:
On the rear panel of the drive we have the power/ide connectors,
the analog/SPDIF audio connections and 3 jumpers on the left hand side, which
are used for setting up the DMA connection mode.
We installed the drive as MASTER on the secondary IDE BUS at DMA66 mode. The
drive identified itself on both DOS and Windows as "PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-106".
We enabled DMA and after rebooting we checked the region status of the drive.
It was an August 2001 model with 1.22 firmware revision. According to the "Drive
Region Info" the drive has RPC 2 region protection, and you can only change
the drive's region 4 times.
- BTC BDV316B
316B supports 16x DVD (single layer), 10X (dual layer) and 48x (CD-ROM) reading
speeds. It comes with a 512KB buffer cache and supports the of the most CD/DVD
formats: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-I,
Video CD, Photo-CD, CD-Extra. Its price is around $65.
The front of the drive has the "DVD-ROM" and "CD" logos. You will
also find the usual connectors: headphone jack, volume control, power-on busy
led, play/next/load/eject buttons and the emergency eject hole:
the back of the drive we have the power/ide connectors and the analog/SPDIF
audio connections. We installed the drive as MASTER on the secondary IDE BUS
at DMA33 mode (default). . We enabled DMA and after rebooting we checked the
region status of the drive. The firmware version of BTC 316B was the 0.47, and
as with Pioneer, it has RPC 2 region protection, therefore you can change region
only 4 times before the permanent lock of the drive.
- Test Machine
Celeron II 566 over clocked to 850 MHz
128MB SDRAM PC 133
WD 18GB UDMA 66
Quantum Fireball EX 6.4 GB UDMA 33
DAWI 2975 - PCI (ULTRA) SCSI Host Adapter
ATI AIW 128