My computer has been screwed for the last 4 months (bought a flashcard reader, plugged it into my motherboard and it promptly screwed up my pc.) So, I'm building a new system and have all but 2 parts picked out - the new soundcard, and a double-5.25" drive bay LCD. I'm going to do research for these 2 items and pick out the models that I want by mid-March and start ordering the parts and have the new system by done around mid-April.
Currently I have a DVD-burner (Plextor-708A), and a CD-RW drive (Plextor 24x/10x/40x). I wanted to replace the CD-RW drive with the current Plextor Premium (52x/32x/52x). Then I saw the Gigabyte GO-M1600A - and I wanted that as well. The Problem is that I don't know which of these 2 new drives to get. If I get both and put it on the same PC then I would have to get a single 5.25" drive bay LCD instead of the better double version (not to mention if I have a spare IDE channel to plug it into). Or I could put 1 of each into my 2 PCs.
Well, the Gigabyte GO-M1600A (DVD-Rom 16x drive) was supposed to be out in January 2004. It didn't. Now February is over and still no drive. I haven't heard of anything new on this drive and why it is late coming out. Well today I stumbled upon a new DVD-Rom drive that is very similar to the GO-M1600A: the the VPC1000 Multimedia Hub
here is the 2 reviews I found:
http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/multimedi ... /index.htm
http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/ ... ndex.shtml
The Distributor is: MAX Distribution
The manufacturer is: Asour Technology Inc.
The setup and function of the VPC1000 is identical to the GO-M1600A, although I think I like this drive better. The VFD display is much better then the GO-M1600A. However there is 3 cons to this drive: 1) it looks like the display panel has to be manually flipped down to open the tray (he didn't say how the tray opens/closes), 2) the unit runs hot (so you need good cooling), and 3) the FM tuner is alittle clumsy to tune up and down the frequencies.
I'm now thinking about getting the VPC1000 instead of the GO-M1600A (I still need to do more research into this drive.) Interesting thing... I went back and looked at some photos I had of the GO-M1600A and I noticed the VPC1000 drive is almost identical to the GO-M1600A . The back of the DVD-Rom drive is the same, when the front panel is flipped down the tray section is the same, only the display panel is different. The PCI card from the VPC1000 is identical to the PCI card from the GO-M1600A, and the remote has a similar button layout (although the remote from the VPC1000 is better) - so I thinking - maybe Gigabyte passed on the drive to another company (Asour Technology Inc.)?