MSI DR4-A DVD Writer

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MSI DR4-A


OEM:
Accesstek
Chipset:Sanyo
24xCDR ZCLV
10xCDRW CLV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
4xDVD+R CLV
2.4xDVD+RW CLV
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EIDE, 8MB
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$200 8.4/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (AML.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CD Media 4xDVD-R (4M SYS 202C1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fortis 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Medianca 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 1xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Swisstec 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 That's Write! 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 UL-Tran Media 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Xidex 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Just got this drive, installed with no problems, and burned a 3.8 gig DVD image (using the included Nero 5) on TDK 4x -r in about 13 min's. Not sure if that's good as this is my first DVD burner, but it was acceptable to me. I'm happy and the price $140 was great!


Comments posted by Curt Godsey from Other, November 01, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Had a play with the drive, seems excellent so far as long as the media used is good.

Using Datawrite Red (v2) disks here with no probs.

FiRez


Comments posted by Firez UK from Other, October 29, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Owned one for seven days here in the UK, no problems so far.
Its a SANYO OEM drive aka MSI DRA4 aka Optorite DD201/3.

Works well with any burning software.

Media Info:
Cheapo -R's are a waste of time with this drive
Cheapo +R's are fair to good, they work on most pcs and set-tops
Quality +R's provide the best solution, work on anything.

**As long as you work to the list of recommended media you cant go wrong**

Software bundle is acceptable (NERO 5, MyDVD 4 and Powerdvd 4)
Burning cd's at 24x is also a great bonus too but the monster 8 meg cache makes it stand out.

Most purists would recommend a Sony or a Pioneer, but with a drive this good you needn't worry. Sanyo make good solid products and this is one of them.

Thanks.





Comments posted by Bright1 from Other, October 25, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





Just recieved this drive this morning.....will rate asap.

FiRez


Comments posted by Firez UK from Other, October 23, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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