Pioneer DVR-107D DVD±R/RW


 









 

 

Review: Pioneer DVR-107
DVD-Writer
Reviewer:
OC-Freak
Provided by: Pioneer Europe
Firmware:
1.10
Manufactured: December
2003


Pioneer Europe
was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; The Pioneer DVR-107D. This
writer is a much anticipated drive and our expectations are very high. In this
review we will run the drive through several advanced tests, and try to test as
many aspects as possible.


We will also
thank our contact persons at Pioneer Europe for being very nice and helpful.
Whenever we had any questions they were always very helpful, thanks.


Also thanks to
Memorex for providing some of the media used in this review.


Some short
Pioneer information:


Pioneer is a
large and well-known company over the whole world and has since the 1930s been
providing quality products, so let us take a look at their product
history:


 


As we can see
they have been providing high tech, quality products for a long time. Pioneer,
as we know them now, has the following vision:


sound.vision.soul


Pioneer
group’s sense of purpose


Everyone’s
got soul. The never-ending challenge is to find better ways to feel it deeper
down inside. At Pioneer, ‘Move the Heart and Touch the Soul” means more
than words can express. It’s our mission to stir as many senses and
sensibilities as we can through the wonders of everlasting sound and
vision.


Since we are
pretty sure that almost everyone knows Pioneer, we do not think a longer company
presentation is needed and go directly to drive specifications.


Drive specifications:




These are the
specifications of this drive, found at the Pioneer Europe web page:








High Speed DVD-R/RW CD-R/RW
Writer










The
DVR-107: the high speed multiple format DVD/CD internal
writer. The drive enables high-speed recording at 8x with
high-speed DVD-R and 8x with high-speed +R media. Pioneer’s
seventh generation recordable drive is designed for Original
Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to include in their PCs. It
combines extended recording speeds with Precision Recording
Technology to enhance disk compatibility and a wide range of
multimedia and archiving applications.

































































































































































































Features

DVR-107D

 

Writes
and reads DVD-R/RW, +R/RW and CD R/RW formats



 

DVD/CD
buffer under-run protection



 

8x
writing speed for DVD-R / 4x writing speed for DVD-RW / 8x writing
speed for +R / 4x writing speed for +RW



 

DVD
data capacity of 4.7GB per single-sided disc




Specifications


DVR-107D


Write Support


DVD-R
(4.7 GB for General disc only), DVD-RW, +R, +RW, CD-R,
CD-RW




Read Support


DVD-ROM
(Single layer & dual layers), DVD-RAM (Version 2 & 2.1),
DVD-R (all types), DVD-RW, CD-ROM Mode1, CD-ROM XA Mode2 (form 1,
form 2), CD-TEXT, Photo CD (single and multiple session), CD-DA,
CD-Extra, CD-R, CD-RW (Supports AM2)




Write Speed DVD-R


8x-zone
CLV (11.08MB/s), 4x- CLV (5.54MB/s), 2x-CLV (2.77 MB/s), 1xCLV
(1.385 MB/s)




Write Speed DVD-RW


4x-
CLV (5.54MB/s), 2x-CLV (2.77 MB/s), 1x CLV (1.385
MB/s)




Write Speed +R


8x-zone
CLV (11.08 MB/s), 4x- CLV (5.54 MB/s), 2x-CLV (2.77 MB/s), 1x-CLV
(1.385 MB/s)




Write Speed +RW


4x-
CLV (5.54 MB/s), 2.4x CLV (3.240 MB/s)




Write Speed CD-R


24x-Zone
CLV (3.6 MB/s), 16x-CLV (2.46 MB/s), 12X-CLV (1.845 MB/s), 8x-CLV
(1.23 MB/s), 4X-CLV (0.615 MB/s)




Write Speed CD-RW


24x-
Zone CLV (3.6 MB/s), 16x-CLV (2.46 MB/s), 10x-CLV (1.5 MB/s), 4x-CLV
(0.615 MB/s)




Read Speed DVD-ROM (Single)


Max.
12x-CAV (16.62 MB/s)




Read Speed DVD-ROM (Dual)


Max.
8x-CAV (11.08 MB/s)




Read Speed DVD-RAM


Max.
2x-CLV (2.77 MB/s)




Read Speed DVD-R, DVD-RW


Max.
8x-CAV (11.08 MB/s)




Read Speed +R,+RW


Max.
8x-CAV (11.08 MB/s)




Read Speed CD-ROM


Max.
40x-CAV (6 MB/s)




Read Speed CD-R,CD-RW


Max.
40x-CAV (6 MB/s)




Read Speed CD-Audio


Max.
40x




Read Speed Video-CD


9.3x-CLV
(1.395 MB/s)




Access Time DVD


140
msec (Random Average)




Access Time CD (Random Average)


130
msec




Interface


ATAPI
(ATA/ATAPI-5 & MCC3, SFFCINF 8090 Ver.5.11)




Data Buffer


2
MB




Mounting Orientation


Horizontal
and Vertical




Power Requirement


+5 V
1.45A MAX
+12 V 1.50A Max




Power Consumption


25
Watts Max




Regulatory Approval


UL,
CSA, TéœV, CB Report, FIMKO, FCC Class, B, FDA, CE Marking, C-Tick,
CISPR-22B, Korean EMC, Taiwan EMC




Dimensions (W x H x D)


148 x
42.3 x 198 mm




Net Weight


1.1 kg





Specification-wise it seems like a
very good drive, the only drawback seems to be that the CD-R Write speed is only
24x compared to 40x for most competitors.


In this review
we will try to find out how good it really performs by taking it through several
extensive tests.


Test machine:




For this
review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:


Hardware:


        
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8KNXP
with Intel i875P chipset.
        
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2,8GHz
800MHz FSB with Hyper Threading support.

        
RAM: 1Gb PC3500
DDR

        
GFX: ATI Radeon 9800
pro

        
Sound: SB Audigy 2
        
Hard disks: 2 x Seagate Barracuda
ATA IV 80Gb in RAID 0 on the i875P S-ATA RAID controller.


System
set-up:


  


The Pioneer
DVR-107D was connected as Secondary Master and identified itself as PIONEER
DVD-RW DVR-107D. DMA (Direct Memory Access) and autorun was
enabled for all devices.


Software:


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 review:


        
Ahead InCD v 4.1.5.7
        
Ahead Nero Burning ROM version
6.3.0.3

        
Ahead Nero CD/DVD Speed
v2.11.4

        
Ahead Nero InfoTool v2.07
        
Slysoft CloneCD v4.3.1.9
        
Exact Audio Copy v0.95 prebeta
3

        
K-Probe v1.1.28/1.1.29


Head on to
the next page and find out what’s inside the
box…