A first look at dual layer DVD+R writing
Introduction and specifications
It has been a while since last time we looked into a BenQ drive, so it will be interesting to see where they are now and how their products are. The drive they sent us is their latest DVD-Writer; the BenQ DW830A. The drive we got here is a pre-release drive with unfinished firmware so we find it a bit useless to do a full review before the final firmware arrives. What we will take a look at is the features and the dual layer writing capabilities as they are now. Just to give you a taste on what to expect from the first generation dual layer capable drives. We will try to look at compatibility, quality and speed.
These are the specifications of this drive, found at the BenQ’s webpage:
World’s First DVD+R Double-Layer DVD Re-Writer
Max. DVD writing speed 8x (10800KBps) + R, 4x (5400KBps)-R
146 x 198 x 42 mm
ATA/ATAPI (ATA 66 above)
PIO mode 0/1/2/3/4
Windows 98SE / ME / 2000/ XP
DC 5V +/- 5%, 0.8A Max
Operating temperature: 5Â°C~45Â°C (41Â°F~113Â°F) at the humidity of 50% RH
MTBF: 50.000 POH
IBM PC compatible Pentium III 550MHz CPU or above
Value Softwares bundled for DVD Burn / Playback / Edit
The most important feature of this drive is of course the Dual Layer capabilities. Beside this it doesn’t seem to be very special, but let’s forget that for now and concentrate on the dual layer writing capabilities. We will of course come back with a full review including updated dual layer tests when the firmware and media is finalized.
For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:
⋅ RAM: 1Gb PC3500 DDR
⋅ GFX: ATI Radeon 9800 pro
⋅ Sound: SB Audigy 2
⋅ Hard disks: 2 x Hitachi Deskstar 7k250 160Gb S-ATA in RAID 0 on the i875P S-ATA RAID controller.
The BenQ DW830A was connected as Primary Master and identified itself as ATAPI DVD DL 2X8X4X12X. DMA (Direct Memory Access) and autorun was enabled for all devices.
Windows XP professional is installed on the computer along with Service Pack 1 for windows XP. We will be using the following software in this article:
Head on to the next page and find out what we received…