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Home > Hardware Reviews > Optical Storage > DVD Recorders 8x

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
BTC DRW1108IM

1. Package - Installation

BTC DRW1108IM DVD±RW recorder - Page 1

 

BTC launches its new 8x DVD dual format optical disc drive. It is compatible with all current formats, including DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media and CDs.

 

- Features

The drive features 8x DVD+/-R writing, 4x DVD+/-RW rewriting, 40x CD-R writing, 24x CD-RW rewriting, 40x CD-ROM reading, 32x CD-RW reading and 12x DVD-ROM reading. Buffer underrun protection is also supported.

- Specifications
Host/Interface

E-IDE/ATAPI, MMC compliant

Disc Data Capacity

CD: 74min/650MB, 80min/700MB

DVD: 4.7GB

Disc Data Capacity

CD: 74min/650MB, 80min/700MB

DVD: 4.7GB

Supported Media for Writing

DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, CD-R, CD-RW

Writing Format

DVD: DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video

CD: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Extra, CD-I, Mixed-Mode CD, Video CD, Photo CD, CD-TEXT, Bootable CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Multi-Session

Writing Methods

Track at Once, Disc at Once, Session at Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing (Variable & Fixed), Multi-track Reservation

Writing Speed

DVD+/-R: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x

DVD+/-RW: 1x, 2x, 4x

CD-R: 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x

CD-RW: 4x, 10x, 16x, 24x

Reading Speed

DVD+/-R max: 8x

DVD+/-RW max: 6x

DVD-ROM max: 12x

CD-R max: 40x

CD-RW max: 32x

CD-ROM max: 40x

Data Transfer Rate Max. 33MB/sec
Access time DVD: 160ms (12x) CD: 130ms (40x)
Buffer memory 2 MB with Buffer Underrun Protection
Disc Loading Tray loader, dust sealed
Mounting Method Horizontal
Audio output Digital and Analogue output
Weight 1.0kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 41.8mm x 145.8mm x 193.3mm

The drive uses a 2MB buffer memory store and supports RAW DAO 96 writing (CD). The drive does not support Mount Rainier writing feature or CD+G reading feature.

The drive uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. For our tests, we set the region code to 2 (Europe) and that's the reason for the 4 times left in the screenshot above.

- The drive

The european retail package includes a leaflet which contains information about the LiveUpdate Program and a disc support list, a software CD with NERO OEM Suite and a CD with the CyberLink Multimedia Pack including PowerDVD, Power Producer and MediaShow. Included also are an internal analogue audio cable as well as the mounting screws.

The drive's front panel's color is white. On the tray loader at left we can see the DVD dual logo and a 8x sign at the right. Below from left to right we can also see the power led, DVD R/RW logo, RW DVD+ReWritable logo, ultra Speed Compact disc Rewritable logo the emergency eject hole and the eject button.

On the rear panel you can find the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector and the power input.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. Click on the photos for an enlarged view.

The drives PCB and chipset are manufactured by Toshiba.

The main chipset is manufactured by Mediatek.

- Installation

The device was connected to our test PC and was identified as "DVDRW IDE1108" under WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision B118.

The following pages include test results for the BTC drive, in comparison with the Toshiba SD-R5272 and the TDK 880N, since both have about the same specifications as the Toshiba.




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