Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD Burner Review
appeal of storing data on DVD discs is pretty clear; 4.7GB of storage space. As
games, and even programs gradually shift from muli-CDROM sets to single DVD
discs, there has never been a better time to consider a DVD-ROM for your PC....
or better yet, a DVD burner! I can think of more than
a few computer geeks who would salivate at the thought of being able to store that much data
onto one CD-sized disc. ;-)
has long embraced the CD-R/RW as a means of backing up information, or sending
large files from one location to another. With the advent of recordable DVD media, system
administrators can cost effectively back up data onto one DVD, rather than spanning a backup over 10 or 20 CD's!
In this review, PCstats is looking at the new Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD
burner. The Gigabyte GO-W0808A supports 8x DVD+/-R and 4x DVD+/-RW writing
methods, as well as burning of CD-R's at 40x, and CD-RW's at 24x. The drive is
able to read all DVD discs at 8x, CD/CD-R's at 40x, and CD-RW discs at 32x. All
in all, this makes the Gigabyte GO-W0808A a very versatile optical drive with a
sticker price of approximately $160CDN.
The GO-W0808A is a rather plain looking optical drive, but personally, I like
the design since it is nice and clean. I'm happy to see that the front bezel
is a light beige; the last thing I want is to buy a drive that
looks like it's ten years old already. ;-)
The Gigabyte GO-W0808A measures about
17cm deep, so it's on the compact side of CDROMs which could be good news for some
SFF owners. At the rear of the drive we find an unknown six pin connector, the
two pin digital audio port, four pin analog audio port, Master/Slave/Cable
Select jumper headers, IDE drive connector and molex power connector.
The Gigabyte GO-W0808A drive supports TAO (Track at
Once), DAO (Disc at Once), SAO (Session at Once), Multisession, Variable Packet
Writing, Fixed packet writing and Multi-Track Reservation writing
Since the drive tray has those little clips to keep
a CD from falling out of the recess, the Gigabyte GO-W0808A can be mounted both in
the horizontal and vertical positions. Tray eject times are also quite quick which is always good to see. In our tests, the drive would spit out the tray within a
few seconds of the eject button being pressed. Acoustically, during testing the GO-W0808A
was very quiet. I could hear a slight hum from the spinning media, but at maximum
transfer speeds the drive was barely audible.