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Using the Spiderman DVD, we tested the M1600A which is
rated for 16X speed, and found it capped off at about 5X DVD playback on this
disc. Realistically speaking, this is still a pretty good speed, and produced an
error free image. Hint, if you would like to test out a DVD of your own in
Nero DVDSpeed, but get errors every time you start the test, the problem lies
with the copy protection on the DVD. Start the DVD playing on you computer
first, close that program and then try testing your DVD-ROM once more. Playing
the movie for a few seconds unlocks the DVD, and allows Nero to read the data
for its tests.
The Gigabyte M1600A is a pretty cool drive all things
considered. Officially rated at 16X DVD read speeds,
our tests came up a little less, but realistically speaking, all DVD drives tend to. The remainder of
the benchmarks peg the M1600A as a competent 48X CD-ROM, though it's not about to nudge
out the speedy Samsung optical drives from the top spot.
What really makes the Gigabyte M1600A a cool device to
add to any small formfactor PC, or even full size PC, is the stylishly
illuminated console with FM tuner. And most importantly, the ability to keep
the tunes coming even with the PC turned off. There are a few
quirks that might cause some frustration, the most significant of which is having to use the remote to
choose a radio station, but perhaps a future firmware update will correct that... in the mean
time, the remote handles the job, even if a little slowly.
I listen to a lot of music, and the hum of three or four cooling fans late in
the night when I just want to play a CD, or a CD full of MP3's is a necessary
evil we've all had to get used to. With the M1600A, we now have the option
of shutting the PC down, and just playing the music.
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