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Artec To Ship 12x DVD±RW This Spring

Postby Ian on Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:02 pm

Artec USA was nice enough to share some details on their upcoming 12x DVD±RW drive, the VOM-12F52Z. Expected to ship as early as May, the VOM-12F52Z features 12x DVD+R and 8x DVD+RW writing speeds as well as a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The drive will also be one of the first to feature 48x CD writing speeds.

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Writing Speeds:
Writing Speeds:
DVD+R: 12x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD-R: 8x
DVD-R: 4x
CD-R: 48x
CD-RW: 24x

Buffer Size: 2MB

Read Speeds:
DVD-ROM: 16x Max
CD-ROM: 48x Max

Access Times:
DVD-ROM: 130ms
CD-ROM: 120ms

The VOM-12F52Z also includes features like Superlink buffer underrun protection and V.A.R.S (Vibration Acoustic Reduction System) technology. This new technology absorbs noise and vibration when reading unbalanced discs and can reduce the temperature of the drive thanks to an improved loader system. Best of all, the VOM-12F52Z is expected to run about $99.00 to $129.00. Artec should have more information on their website soon, until then leave your comments in our forum.
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Postby Ian on Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:05 pm

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Postby dhc014 on Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:05 pm

That looks a lot like a Liteon.
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Postby Ian on Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:07 pm

dhc014 wrote:That looks a lot like a Liteon.


Not with Seamless Link. It's probably based on the Philips chipset. Their 8x drive is.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:37 pm

Nope, not a LiteON, the button's all wrong.

I'm very surprised to see so many people bringing out 12x DVD burners.... all the media I've seen is going to be 8x or 16x :o
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Postby bob11879 on Wed Apr 07, 2004 3:11 pm

Up till now, only Plextor and Liteon have announced 12x drives. There will be no such thing as 12x media. Probably the same thing for Plextor as when the 8x drive came out. Will run at 12x on some select media, 8x on the crappy stuff.
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Postby Ian on Wed Apr 07, 2004 3:12 pm

Ian wrote:Not with Seamless Link. It's probably based on the Philips chipset. Their 8x drive is.


I take back what I said. It's Superlink and it will use a Mediatek chipset.
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Postby shimman on Wed Apr 07, 2004 10:53 pm

meditek seems have some problem of making good chipset for dvd burners; their chipsets are supposed to support dvd-ram signals but i have not seen any mediatek chipseted burner doing that

the most interesting thing about this burner is 8x dvd+rw....they will be really great for backing up

i am sure this is just me, but many dvd burner facias are rather ugly
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Postby Ian on Tue Apr 20, 2004 8:21 am

Odd.. it looks like their specs have changed. I'll need to contact them to see what's up.

http://www.artecusa.com/products-12X8dvd%2Brw.html
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Postby jase on Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:24 pm

That Artec looks exactly the same as my 52x CDR burner :) Right down to the placing of the eject hole.

It isn't a rebadged anything.
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Postby Ian on Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:44 pm

No, this isn't rebadged. It's a true Artec.

Anyway, I talked to Artec today and the specs on their website are the final ones. They decided not to go with the 48x CD read/write and 8x DVD+RW writing speed due to stability.
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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Apr 20, 2004 4:25 pm

I was just going to say that 8x DVD+RW would be heaven, :(

Of course, you wouldn't catch me dead with an Artec drive, too many bad stories I've heard, then my own personal expirience.
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Postby code65536 on Tue Apr 20, 2004 6:57 pm

dhc014 wrote:That looks a lot like a Liteon.


It looks like a what?

Doesn't look very LiteOn-ish to me.

On an alternate note, after my recent experience with an Artec drive that I eventually replaced with a LiteOn (why I didn't just get the LiteOn in the first place is beyond me; I was stupid), I don't trust that company. Drive (DVD-ROM) had some problems reading dual-layer discs. Finally figured out that it was because the firmware was buggy, and then took me forever to find firmware updates (none on its main Taiwan site or its USA site; I had to find its Europe site for some updates that, BTW, didn't even have any update instructions). Drive refuses to read CD-RW discs, and struggles with CD-R discs--and even worse, after the FW update, the dual-layer problem went away, but the drive suddenly became much pickier about reading CD media. I eventually gave up and dumped the drive. So I think I'll pass and wait for a more reputable company. :)
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Postby Ian on Mon May 17, 2004 7:36 pm

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More info to follow...
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon May 17, 2004 8:06 pm

CD-R recording speed bumped up to 48x again? :o
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Postby Ian on Mon May 17, 2004 8:40 pm

Yeah, it looks that way. I was hoping to post a few CD Speed screenshots, but the drive refuses to write at 12x, even with the media Artec sent along. Heck, the drive won't write to some of the 8x media at anything faster than 1x.. yes 1x.. #-o
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon May 17, 2004 8:59 pm

Ian wrote:Heck, the drive won't write to some of the 8x media at anything faster than 1x.. yes 1x.. #-o

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Postby Tornado on Wed May 19, 2004 7:38 am

ZipZoomFly now has this drive on sale for $99.99 shipped:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDe ... ode=173211
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Postby Laher on Wed May 19, 2004 4:45 pm

well saw this on ebay.co.uk for £100 inclusive of P&P
Not a too bad a price for a 12x..but i must say $99.99 is well cheap!!
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Postby vsekh on Wed May 19, 2004 10:48 pm

Cheap for a drive that can't burn at 12x speed on any dvd+r media.
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Postby Ian on Thu May 20, 2004 12:30 am

Artec still needs to do some work on this drive. I think they tried to be first to market and they rushed it a little. That's my opinion anyway.
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Postby MonteLDS on Thu May 20, 2004 1:05 am

8mb buffer? that what that info shows. but then it is reported to be 2mb hmm maybe i am just reading this info wrong
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Postby jase on Thu May 20, 2004 8:15 am

Ebuyer in the UK have these for £65+sales tax.

I think I'll be holding back though, Artec are not the best of companies for updating firmware at the best of times...
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Postby Ian on Thu May 20, 2004 9:01 am

Yes, I'm still waiting for a firmware update for their 8x drive. It won't write to any DVD-R media at 4x. :evil:
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Postby Kennyshin on Thu May 20, 2004 12:04 pm

Ian wrote:Artec still needs to do some work on this drive. I think they tried to be first to market and they rushed it a little. That's my opinion anyway.


LG in Pyungtaek is very eager to do so likewise. There has been some pressure on testers recently as if they wanted to release 4120 in May.
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