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Three new 52x writers from Optorite - 32x RW and 8MB buffer

Postby Ian on Mon Jan 27, 2003 8:58 pm

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CW5201 - 52/32/52 CD-RW
http://www.optorite.com/cw5201.htm

Writing Speeds: 52x Max
ReWriting Speeds: 32x Max
Read Speeds: 52x Max

CW5202 - 52/24/52 CD-RW
http://www.optorite.com/cw5202.htm

Writing Speeds: 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 20x, 24x (CLV), 32x, 40x (P-CAV), 48x, 52x (CAV)
ReWriting Speeds: 4x, 8x,12x, 16x, 20x, 24x
Read Speeds: 52x Max (Pressed CD and CD-R), 40x Max (CD-RW)
DAE Speed: 52x Max
8MB buffer with BURN-Proof

CW5205 - 52/24/52 CD-RW
http://www.optorite.com/cw5205.htm

Writing Speeds: 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 20x, 24x (CLV), 32x, 40x (P-CAV), 48x, 52x (CAV)
ReWriting Speeds: 4x, 8x,12x, 16x, 20x, 24x
Read Speeds: 52x Max (Pressed CD and CD-R), 40x Max (CD-RW)
DAE Speed: 52x Max
2MB buffer with BURN-Proof


It doesn't look like Optorite is done updating the page for the CW5201. The specs they have listed are the same ones for the CW4802 . I'm just hoping these drives are better than some of their others.
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Postby glock20rocks on Mon Jan 27, 2003 9:24 pm

Whats with the 24x-RW one having an 8MG buffer and the 32x-RW one a 2MG? If the media compatiblity/burn quality was good, I'd get a 52x32x52x with an 8MG buffer if they made one.

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Opps...didn't see what Ian said about the wrong specs being posted
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Re: Three new 52x writers from Optorite - 32x RW and 8MB buf

Postby cfitz on Mon Jan 27, 2003 9:24 pm

Ian wrote:I'm just hoping these drives are better than some of their others.

Agreed. The 32x rewriting would qualify as an advance, but not if it just burns bad discs 33% faster than before.

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optorite 48x16x48 CW4802

Postby liteonrules on Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:18 pm

i am more of a LITE ON fan but i liked model CW4802 48x16x48 and it did well on all of my blanks. AUDIO extraction was the only thing that samed a little slow compared to LITE ON.
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Postby tweakerxp on Tue Jan 28, 2003 12:15 am

I guess these are what the new MSI drives are based on. Maby the MSI 48x16x48x drive can be flashed to one of these babys :D Does anyone know if the 48x24x48 drive is based on the same chip as the 48x16x28?
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Postby Ian on Tue Jan 28, 2003 1:14 am

The 48/16/48 used an Oak Tech chipset. Since the 48/24/48 uses BURN-Proof, I'm guessing it uses a Sanyo. Overclocking probably won't work.
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Postby tweakerxp on Tue Jan 28, 2003 1:17 am

That sucks but thanks for looking up that info.
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Postby Bloody Aztec on Tue Jan 28, 2003 6:09 am

If it uses Sanyo then I buy it, I'm craving for a Sanyo chipset drive, and I hate Oak! :lol:
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Postby jase on Tue Jan 28, 2003 9:30 am

It probably won't be Sanyo. My guess, given that MSI/Accesstek/Optorite are related business-wise to Cyberdrive/CIS (Arrgo) is that the drives will be Mediatek, and BURN-Proof is probably a name they've used in the absence of any proper trade name for Mediatek's buffer-underrun protection.

The 48x and 52x (24x rewrite) will more than likely be the same drive with differing firmware, and the MSI drives will be the same. The 32x rewrite I'm not sure about.

The 48x (16x rewrite) I think is a badge or modification of the MSI 40x drives in the same way as Artec -- a wholly new design of 48x drive using ZCLV just isn't sensible.

Do Sanyo even make chipsets any more? I was under the impression that even Plextor were Mediatek now.....
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Postby Ian on Tue Jan 28, 2003 10:04 am

jase wrote:It probably won't be Sanyo. My guess, given that MSI/Accesstek/Optorite are related business-wise to Cyberdrive/CIS (Arrgo) is that the drives will be Mediatek, and BURN-Proof is probably a name they've used in the absence of any proper trade name for Mediatek's buffer-underrun protection.


Actually, their 40x writer, the CW4001, used Sanyo's BURN-Proof.

http://www.ssct.co.jp/bpcenter/en/list.html

Their new drives haven't shown up on the BURN-Proof authorization list yet, so who knows.
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Postby jase on Tue Jan 28, 2003 11:04 am

That's interesting. I know someone with an Optowrite 40x (same as Accesstek) and he says it has Exaclink. Surely a company as small as this wouldn't have two designs of writer?

It'll be interesting if this drive is a Sanyo. It'll mean that a tiny Taiwanese company will be the only manufacturer with a 52x Sanyo-based writer. Peculiar, especially as the Sanyo chipset should make the drive quite expensive!
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Postby Ian on Tue Jan 28, 2003 12:45 pm

jase wrote:That's interesting. I know someone with an Optowrite 40x (same as Accesstek) and he says it has Exaclink. Surely a company as small as this wouldn't have two designs of writer?


Yeah, he probably has the CW4002.
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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Jan 28, 2003 7:54 pm

jase wrote:I was under the impression that even Plextor were Mediatek now.....

why's that?
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Postby jase on Tue Jan 28, 2003 9:04 pm

Because I'm an idiot. Please ignore me :oops: :lol: :roll:
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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Jan 28, 2003 9:18 pm

LOL :D :wink:
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Postby Ian on Wed Jan 29, 2003 10:15 am

On a more serious topic, it looks like Optorite removed the CW5201 and CW5205 from their website. You can still access the pages via the links I posted, but they aren't on the product page anymore.

On the other hand, they have released firmware for the CW5202, CW5205 and CW4801.

http://www.optorite.com/firmware.htm

I'm guessing that these drives might by showing up sooner than we expected.
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Postby Bloody Aztec on Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:15 am

Seems to really be Sanyo, you can see the official Burn Proof logo on their newest DVD writer!
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Postby jase on Fri Jan 31, 2003 6:14 am

Let's hope so. It is possible that Optorite have designed the Sanyo drive simply to cover themselves in case they're short of Oak (or whatever they're using now) chips, since as I have said the Sanyo chipsets are more expensive than many of the others, and that we won't see many Sanyo Optorite drives out there. But I may be totally wrong.

Has to be said though the quality of a burner has more to do with the quality of the transport and firmware support than the chipset employed. But, this drive could still be very interesting. And with Optorite and LiteOn getting in on the act with DVD recorders, this can only be a good thing, Taiwanese competition will bring prices down and the quality so far of the Japanese drives has been lacking in some areas.
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Postby Reg-da-Ripper on Fri Jan 31, 2003 4:13 pm

The Optorite CW5202 is available at newegg.com for $46 (plus $5.00 shipping).

Hmmm...8 MB buffer, BURNProof...must...resist...buying...another...(inexpensive) burner! :D :D :D :D :)

I've noticed on Optorite's website that they are advertising a combo drive, the DC4801 (48x24x48x and 16x DVD read).

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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:15 pm

Yeah, the DC4801 has been up there for awhile now. Has anyone seen it for sale?

I might pick up that Optorite drive for sh*ts and giggles.
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Postby UALOneKPlus on Wed Feb 05, 2003 8:31 am

I picked up the iomega Optorite 48x16x48x CDRW from OfficeMax today for $40, w/ a $20 MIR.

So far the drive works great, except for the noted bug of not being able to surface scan correctly w/ CD Speed.

I read the following review which was interesting:

http://www.makeitsimple.com/article.php?sid=813

All in all it's not too shabby for $20.

Would you guys give a thumbs up to a drive like this?
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Postby Ian on Wed Feb 05, 2003 10:17 pm

There shouldn't be any doubt that the CW5205 uses BURN-Proof now. It's on Sanyo's authorization list:

http://www.ssct.co.jp/bpcenter/en/list.htm
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