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Plextor offers 4X BD-R, HD DVD-ROM SATA drive

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 Feb 2008 20:59 User comments (12)

Plextor offers 4X BD-R, HD DVD-ROM SATA drive Earlier this month, Plextor Europe announced the upcoming availability of its new Blu-ray burning / HD DVD reading optical drive that uses the faster SATA interface. The Plextor PX-B920SA (pictured below) is capable of writing Blu-ray discs at 4X speed and also offers the disc-labeling Lightscribe technology.
"Plextor has developed its second Blu-ray drive to be faster, dual-format, as it reads HD-DVD discs, and utilizes the SATA interface. Plextor has a long history in providing premium, high reliability optical drives and the new PX-B920SA sets the standard again," Rudy de Meirsman, Sales & Marketing Manager of Plextor Europe, said.



Having been developed to strict environmental and recycling standards, the Plextor PX-B920SA meets EU RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives. The Plextor PX-B920SA will be available from end of February 2008 at Plextor's network of dealers. It is covered by Plextor's Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); other countries 1-year carry-in).

PX-B920SA
Internal/External Internal
Interface S-ATA
Loading mechanism Tray
Buffer size 4 MB
Positioning
Blu-Ray / HD DVDdrive
Writing speed DVD/CD
BD-R (SL/DL) / Blu-Ray
4x
BD-R (SL LTH)
2x
BD-RE (SL/DL)
2x
DVD+R / DVD-R
16x/16x
DVD+R DL / DVD-R DL
4x / 4x
DVD+RW / DVD-RW
8x / 6x
DVD-RAM
5x
CD-R
40x
CD-RW
24x
Reading speed DVD/CD
BD-ROM (Blu-Ray)
6x
BD-R (SL/DL)
6x
BD-R (S LTH)
3,8x
BD-RE (SL/DL)
2x
BDMV
4,8x
HD DVD-ROM
3x
HD DVD-Video
3x
DVD-RAM
5x
DVD-ROM
16x
CD-ROM
40x
Features
Buffer Underrun Proof Technology
Yes
Lightscbribe Technology
Yes
Accepts 8 cm discs
Yes

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12 user comments

115.2.2008 21:47

Excelent this New interface should solve the issue's with drive overhead and overheat problims. With the new interface the drive could easly obtain a write speed of 8X and higher.

Also the post seams to state that its a Hybrid Player This is good for those of us who sided With HD-DVD and still have there discs,and it dosent hamper with the future development this is good as well.

215.2.2008 22:46

I'll wait several generations before investing in a HD burner. Besides, the media is still waay too expensive to justify the cost..

315.2.2008 23:16

Originally posted by DXR88:
Excelent this New interface should solve the issue's with drive overhead and overheat problims. With the new interface the drive could easly obtain a write speed of 8X and higher.

Also the post seams to state that its a Hybrid Player This is good for those of us who sided With HD-DVD and still have there discs,and it dosent hamper with the future development this is good as well.
Ah, one slight problem, it only reads HD-DVD's, it cant burn them. It can only burn BluRays Disks.

Don't mean to sound like fan-boy nor rude but you really gotta feel sorry for all the 3rd party companies who were developing HD-DVD products at this point, it is impossible to recover after loosening WalMart entirely.

416.2.2008 0:13

I know, i meant it could read movie's on HD-DVD. i Backed HD-DVD for the longest time. its sad to say but the Format WAR Victor is upon us.

These means more of a chance to get my hands on Some Reverse Engineering For Blu-ray.

516.2.2008 23:47

So ......If sometime in the future, a blu-ray device will burn at 8x speed...........

The Quality is really no better on either format , against each other that is .

So the BIGGGGGGG , advantage is that the disc is blue ?????

617.2.2008 10:30

carp624- look at the spec chart it combines the best of the old with the new, it has write support for Blu-Ray DvD and CD, and it can read almost any format,

Blu-ray & HD-DVD are contenders for the new format, they both do the same thing they increase storage capacity to store more Hi definition
content, in other words more space better picture.

71.3.2008 6:32

I would look at getting it if my laptop (C2D 2GHz|2GB|x1400) wasn't the only computer that could run Blu Ray and HD DVDs. My quad fails at it with only a Nvidia 6800 inside, My Celeron, hehe no more needed, and my P4 HT 3.6 isn't fast enough to do it without lag (Tested with the 360 HD DVD Player)

89.4.2008 5:08

I like the drive but i want a writer not just a ROM drive.

99.4.2008 15:30

Originally posted by core2kid:
I would look at getting it if my laptop (C2D 2GHz|2GB|x1400) wasn't the only computer that could run Blu Ray and HD DVDs. My quad fails at it with only a Nvidia 6800 inside, My Celeron, hehe no more needed, and my P4 HT 3.6 isn't fast enough to do it without lag (Tested with the 360 HD DVD Player)
What OS you running My HD-DVD works fine on my X1900 crossfire with Intel DualCore 2.6 and 2-gigs o'ram on WINXP.

109.4.2008 18:40

All my computers are at XP but the Pentium 4 doesn't have enough power to run HD DVDs. A dual core is what you need. No single core runs HD DVDs perfectly.

119.4.2008 23:15

Originally posted by core2kid:
All my computers are at XP but the Pentium 4 doesn't have enough power to run HD DVDs. A dual core is what you need. No single core runs HD DVDs perfectly.
Your P4 HT 3.6 is above the Min Req. you need a new video card thats for sure. if you like Ati get an X1650 there like 70-80 dollars and are dame good entry cards. if Nvidea you deal there 7800 are going to hit a price drop soon nockin'em down to 90-100 or lower. i still recommend the x1650 wont break your wallet, and has a good set of features.

Iv read thats actualy based on the movies and how optimized the HDi Script is, and from other souces The Movie player.

if you dont have it already Try Vlc works like a charm for me on HD-DVD playback
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Apr 2008 @ 23:17

1210.4.2008 20:54

Actually the video card I have inside is the x1650 512MB version. I know that it is my CPU lagging because the useage is constantly at 100%. I didn't know that VLC did HD DVD playback, I am currently using PowerDVD Ultra. I bet VLC will have a better performance.

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