Holiday Shopping Roundup: Eight Dual Format Recordable DVD Drivesby Kristopher Kubicki on December 11, 2003 10:54 PM EST
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Gigabyte GO-W0404AGigabyte has been in the DVDR business since about September of this year, but their units have been slightly hard to find. Our Gigabyte GO-W0404A is pretty much your standard dual format burner; it comes with a decent software package, including Sonic MyDVD, and retails for about $160 or less.
|CD Write Speed||40X, 32X, 24X (CAV)
16X, 12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
|CD Rewrite Speed||24X, 16X (CAV)
12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
|CD Read Speed||40X Max (CAV)|
|DVD-R Write Speed||4X, 2X, 1X (CLV)|
|DVD-RW Rewrite Speed||2X, 1X (CLV)|
|DVD+R Write Speed||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
|Supported Formats||DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-R (DAO, incremental, seq)
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA,
CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
|Access Time||CD: 130ms
The GO-W0404A has higher access times than the Nu Tech DDW-081 and cannot burn 8X DVD+R. The GO-W0404A is based on MediaTek's MT181E chipset (similar to LiteOn's weapon of choice).
Our initial benchmarks on the drive have been quite favorable. Media compatibility is great and actual burn speed is right on the money. It is somewhat of a shame that the drive is hard to find, but most likely, this drive will become a prelude of Gigabyte's next generation recordable DVD drive, which should be coming down the pipeline any day.