Nu Tech DDW-081

The Nu Tech DDW-081 became one of our favorite burners instantly because of the incredibly attractive price. We just finished a review on the unit back in October, and from our benchmarks, you can see that performance was quite high. Of course, the enormous selling point of this drive was the $140 price tag. Complete with bitsetting book types and stable burn speeds, we couldn't have been more pleased with our DDW-081.

Unfortunately, the DDW-081 is not capable of burning DVD-R format discs. However, since it can burn 8X DVD+R (even on most 4X media), we were able to accept the deficiency in features. Interestingly enough, Nu Tech has made numerous claims that its DDW-081 will become dual capable via a firmware upgrade available around the 15th of December. We were not able to get a beta copy of this firmware, so during its actual release, we will include additional DVD-R(W) tests to this roundup. It is interesting to anticipate how Nu Tech does this on the existing Philips Nexperia platform.

Below is a quick overview of specifications on the drive. The Nu Tech website has the specifications listed as well:

 Nu Tech DDW-081
Interface IDE
CD Write Speed 40X, 32X, 24X (CAV)
16X, 12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
CD Rewrite Speed 10X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
CD Read Speed 40X Max (CAV)
DVD+R Write Speed 8X, 4X, 2X (CLV)
DVD+RW Rewrite Speed 4X, 2.4X (CLV)
DVD Read Speed 12X Max (CAV)
Supported Modes DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / SAO 16 & 96
Packet Write
Supported Formats DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD+RW (random)
CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
Access Time CD: 120ms
DVD: 120ms
Buffer 2MB

Obviously, the 8X DVD+R write speed is the big eye catcher for this drive. Like the champion Plextor 708A, the Nu Tech DDW-081 is able to burn 8X on most 4X media. Nu Tech has released several new firmwares for its drive, so we will be retesting all of the media with this new firmware.

Index Gigabyte GO-W0404A


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  • rms - Saturday, December 13, 2003 - link

    Why was there no identification/information on the physical drive used in these products? I'm disappointed.

  • artifex - Saturday, December 13, 2003 - link

    Have you noticed that if you rip the ISO with DVDD, you need to burn it with that? I had trouble reading a DVD that I burned using Nero, but when I went back to DVDD for the burn it worked fine. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, December 13, 2003 - link

    I use K3B and DVDTools for linux as well. Nero is good, depends on what you end up doing with it though. For ISOs and GIs, DVD Decryptor and Alcohol 120% are my particular choice of poisons.


  • sprockkets - Saturday, December 13, 2003 - link

    Haha, for some stupid reason that Sonic Software that came with my Lite On DVD+RW only drive said a new disc was already full or something stupid. Used nero from my other drive and works fine. Nero rocks, of course, under linux with SuSE and K3B and DVDtools it works fine too. Burns for me took around 13.5 min. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, December 12, 2003 - link

    Belzer, I emailed Nic about it. I was in fact using 2.24

  • artifex - Friday, December 12, 2003 - link

    Hmmm turns out my drive is identical to the BTC 1004IM. What can I say? I don't see any drives using that base in the comparison either, though I hardly feel prejudiced against, like the Lite-On people :)

    Anyway, looks like it does what I need it to, even has Mount Rainier support (My RW5125A didn't according to DVDinfoPro), for 1/2 the Plextor or Sony, so I should live with it for a while, right? I mean... I'm used to burning DVDs at 2.4x anyway, and now I can use the - formats (yuck, if I have to).
  • Belzer - Friday, December 12, 2003 - link

    Kristopher: I think the MCC 003 should be identified as 8x in the latest (2.24) version of DVDInfoPro too. Reply
  • artifex - Friday, December 12, 2003 - link

    Jeez, over $10? They must have a built-in Hollywood tax planned.

    I decided I couldn't wait. Fry's had a weird "Emprex" +- brand on sale for $90 before tax here in Dallas. I figure for under $100, I'll not worry about burning it up before Blu-ray... or whatever competes against it.

    I'll let you know how it works... so far I see the websites on the box don't have any info on the drive :( It does seem to have a reasonably complete set of software, though. If nothing else, I can use it a little while and exchange it.
  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, December 12, 2003 - link

    Belzer: Youre probably right. In DVD Info Pro, I got this (14)

    Looks like the discs are just ahead of their time ;)

  • Belzer - Friday, December 12, 2003 - link

    Thanks for the update, Kristopher! Sorry if I sounded rude in my last post.

    About the Verbatim media:
    MCC 001 = 2.4x, MCC 002 = 4x, MCC 003 = 8x

    Check Philips' list with approved media:

    or check this thread:

    or check Plextor's list of compatible media:

    or check for yourself with DVDIdentifier:

    Verbatim probably hadn't the new 8x box art available yet so my guess is that they put the sample discs they sended to you in an old case.

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