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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Optiarc AD-7200S

1. The drive, features

Optiarc's latset AD7200S is a multi writer supporting all types of DVD media currently available. Its high speed specifications support burning of DVD±R media at 20X, DVD-R DL media at 12X, DVD+R DL at 8X, DVD+R DL at 8X, DVD+RW at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X and DVD-RAM at 12X. CD-R media can be burned at 48X and CD-RW at 32X.

The differrence to the AD-7200A model, is that this one is using a S-ATA interface to connect to the computer.

Our test sample was the bulk version of the drive, so we did not get the stuff that the bundle offers.

 

Product Specification

Read Speed: DVD: 16x max. CD: 48x max.
Write Speed: DVD-R: 20x max. DVD +R: 20x max.
DVD-RW: 6x max. DVD +RW: 8x max.
DVD-R DL: 12x max. DVD +R9: 8x max.
DVD-RAM: 12x max.
CD-R: 48x max. CD-RW: 32x max.
Access time : DVD: 160 ms CD: 140 ms
Mechanism: Motorized tray load mechanism for horizontal and vertical use
Interface : S-ATA
Burst Transfer Rate: 150 MByte/s
Cache: 2 MByte
Media supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-R (DL), DVD-RW (DL), DVD-RAM, DVD +R (DL), DVD +RW, CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW with 80mm and 120mm diameter
Modes supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I Ready, CD-Bridge, PhotoCD, VideoCD, CD-DA, CD Extra, CD Text
Writing methods: DAO, SAO, TAO with zero gap, variable or fixed packet, multisession
Compatibility : MPC Level 3, MultiRead, PC2001
Weight: 0.69 kg
Dimensions : 148 mm x 42 mm x 170 mm
Special features: Dust protected enclosure, buffer under run error prevention,
available colours: beige, black, silver

The drive

Our test sample was manufactured in November 2007.

Click for High Resolution Image

This drive is based on the NEC MC-10044 chipset.

Installation

The drive was connected via the S-ATA interface and was recognized as "Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200S ".




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