Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 25

Thread: What's the best optical drive to get?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Tumble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Right in the Pickle Barrel
    Posts
    7,210
    Thanks
    271
    Thanked
    311 times in 215 posts

    What's the best optical drive to get?

    The one I've got atm, silly OEM thing for £12 seems to be sloooooooow as toast. It's taken about 3 hours to install COD4 last night from the DVD, so I need a new one.

    They're all about the same price, less than £20, so which manufacturer do I go for?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Quentos
    "My udder is growing. Quick pass me the parsely sauce." Said Oliver.

  2. #2
    I'm ITX
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Liverpool
    Posts
    2,415
    Thanks
    82
    Thanked
    159 times in 148 posts

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    Sony/LG/Optiarc are all good, but really you can't go wrong with any of them so long as they have 20x speed.

    It's 4.98*

  3. #3
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,498
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    I go Samsung these days. The drives available for my most recent builds were the quietest around so I stuck with them

  4. #4
    HSK
    HSK is offline
    Over Worked & Under Paid HSK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    West London
    Posts
    2,369
    Thanks
    451
    Thanked
    139 times in 111 posts
    • HSK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Z87-Pro Socket 1150 DVI HDMI DisplayPort 8-channel Audio ATX Motherboard
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i7 4770K 3.50GHz Socket 1150 8MB Cache
      • Memory:
      • Corsair Vengeance LP Memory CML16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache X 2 + Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Point Of View 8800GTS 512mb PCIE DVI
      • PSU:
      • Corsair Professional AX860 Fully Modular 80 PLUS Platinum 860W PSU
      • Case:
      • Corsair Graphite 600T Mesh Black Case
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8.1
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 69cm (27")
      • Internet:
      • Plus.net

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    another one for samsung. for the before mentioned reasons.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Rotterdam
    Posts
    229
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    8 times in 8 posts
    • NovaSphere's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5Q Pro
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0Ghz
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2x2Gb PC2-6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • Western Digital 640Gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus ENGTX260 896Mb
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520W
      • Case:
      • Antec Three Hundred
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung 2043BW

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    Nowadays there are no bad drives anymore ^^

    But if you want the best for the same price, id go for the Samsung or an LG, Optiarc is also pretty good.

  6. #6
    Admin (Ret'd)
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    18,481
    Thanks
    1,016
    Thanked
    3,208 times in 2,281 posts

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    Never had a problem, personally, with Pioneer, or with NEC (Optiarc now IIRC). Some of the best CD burners were LiteOn, but I've not been so impressed with their DVD drives.

    As NovaSphere said, I'm not sure there are bad drives any more. But at the prices, I'm not sure any of them are of the quality they were. At least to a degree, you get what you pay for and they're essentially throwaway items these days. That's why I always have a spare or two in the cupboard.

  7. #7
    Studmuffin Flibb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    4,904
    Thanks
    31
    Thanked
    324 times in 277 posts
    • Flibb's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-6300
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250G
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr
      • PSU:
      • FSP
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Deffl TFT thing

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    I think the difference between models / brands is minimal, I just ordered a pioneer from scan

    went for
    http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Revi...2642&PageId=37

  8. #8
    HEXUS.timelord. Zak33's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    I'm a Jessie
    Posts
    34,256
    Thanks
    2,610
    Thanked
    2,682 times in 1,688 posts
    • Zak33's system
      • Storage:
      • Kingston HyperX SSD, Hitachi 1Tb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 1060
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 800w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT01
      • Operating System:
      • Win10
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTC uber speedy

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    SATA tumble.....SATA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
    "The second you aren't paying attention to the tool you're using, it will take your fingers from you. It does not know sympathy." |
    "If you don't gaffer it, it will gaffer you" | "Belt and braces"

  9. #9
    Senior Member Tumble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Right in the Pickle Barrel
    Posts
    7,210
    Thanks
    271
    Thanked
    311 times in 215 posts

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    It is!! I got a SATA LiteOn DVD burner on the strength of the CD burner I had in the old rig.. but it's really really slow.. it's even shocking playing back movie DVD's - you get an echo, epecially from text on the screen or movement (which is pretty much anything). I think maybe it's just a Friday Afternoon drive, but as with all things, I wouldn't have another one just in case...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Quentos
    "My udder is growing. Quick pass me the parsely sauce." Said Oliver.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Chester (ex-pat!)
    Posts
    543
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    56 times in 53 posts
    • TheReaFireblade's system
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Duo T9300 @ 2.50GHz
      • Memory:
      • 4GB Patriot Signature PC-5400 @ 667MHz
      • Storage:
      • 400GB (2x 200GB) in RAID 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Dual 512MB Nvidia 8800GTX in SLi + PCI Ageia PhysX Card
      • PSU:
      • 230W
      • Case:
      • Dell INspiron XPS M1730 Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) + 24" FP241WZ
      • Internet:
      • (Up to) 24Mb ADSL (Be Unlimited)

    Wink Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    Pioneer, LG, +/or Samsung for me too
    Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder


  11. #11
    Does he need a reason? Funkstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    19,874
    Thanks
    630
    Thanked
    965 times in 816 posts
    • Funkstar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte EG45M-DS2H
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz)
      • Memory:
      • 8GB OCZ PC2-6400C5 800MHz Quad Channel
      • Storage:
      • 650GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 512MB ATI Radeon HD4550
      • PSU:
      • Antec 350W 80+ Efficient PSU
      • Case:
      • Antec NSK1480 Slim Mini Desktop Case
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Ultimate 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407 + 2408 monitors
      • Internet:
      • Zen 8mb

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    I just bought a second hand Plextor writer, can't remember the model name though.

    Nothing touches them as far as audio extraction goes. but then that probably isn't a concern if you just want to install COD4 quicker

  12. #12
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    30
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    5 times in 5 posts

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    Samsung 22x SH-S223F sata drive all the way for me

  13. #13
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    26
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    teac used to be very good ages ago, sadly no dvdrw from them anymore.

    i have lg. no problems there

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    655
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    22 times in 22 posts

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    The Pioneer drives have been consistently good for a long, long time now.

  15. #15
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    I normally go ASUS DRW, had a few of these now and no problems with them.

  16. #16
    SSK
    SSK is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    126
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post
    • SSK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5N-E SLI
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Core Q6600
      • Memory:
      • 4GB
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 500GB SpinPoint
      • Graphics card(s):
      • BFG 8800GT 512mb OC2
      • PSU:
      • OCZ GameXstream 700W
      • Case:
      • Sharkoon Rebel 9
      • Monitor(s):
      • 22" LG Flatron Wide MonitorTV HD Ready

    Re: What's the best optical drive to get?

    i have lg and optiarc...no problems so far for a couple years

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Possible hard drive return
    By Totem in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 29-03-2008, 03:03 AM
  2. Optical drive bezels?
    By 8bit in forum Chassis and Mods
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 24-09-2007, 12:04 PM
  3. Problems with Seagate Drive
    By racs in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-03-2007, 07:12 PM
  4. Sata Optical drive booting.
    By Kumagoro in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-02-2007, 10:53 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •