Pioneer DVR-107D DVD±R/RW OC-Freak .

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.

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.

Pioneer DVR-107D DVD±R/RW

Posted 06 March 2004 18:29 CET by OC-Freak


 

 

 

Review: Pioneer DVR-107 DVD-WriterReviewer: OC-FreakProvided by: Pioneer EuropeFirmware: 1.10Manufactured: 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…