Below, you can see the Infotool readout from Nero. Nero incorrectly reports the drive as only an 8X read, 4X write drive. For a little more detail, we will have to rely on DVD Info Pro. You may notice that we are still using the version 1.04 firmware; you can download the 1.06 firmware from the Pioneer Japan or Pioneer Australia websites, but since we bought the drive in the US, it only makes sense to wait for a retail US firmware update.

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There are no stellar features on this drive. We do not have any HD-Burn capability, and Mount Rainier DVD+RW is obviously not supported either. However, DVD+R Dual Layer (DVD+R9) is fully supported, and we are excited to see such an inexpensive drive support such features.

Pioneer DVR-108D 16x DVD-/+RW Drive
Interface PATA
CD Write Speed 32X, 24X ZCLV
16X, 8X, 4X CLV
CD Rewrite Speed 24X ZCLV
16X, 10X, 4X CLV
CD Read Speed 40X MAX CAV
DVD-R Write Speed 16X, 12X, 8X CLV
4X, 2X, 1X
DVD-RW Rewrite Speed 4X, 2X, 1X CLV
DVD+R Write Speed 16X, 12X, 8X ZCLV
4X, 2.4X
DVD+RW Rewrite Speed 4X, 2.4X CLV
DVD-RAM Read Speed 2X CLV
DVD Read Speed 16X MAX CAV
Supported Modes DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16 & 96
Packet Write
Supported Formats DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD+RW (random)
DVD-R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-RW (restricted overwrite)

Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
Access Time CD: 130ms
DVD: 140ms
Buffer 2MB

From the chipset information, this is by far the most ambitious drive that we have seen to date. We see identical features surface on a few other drives, including the NEC 3500A and the ASUS DRW-1604P, but we will get more into detail about those drives later.

The DVR-108D has the capabilities to write to DVD+R DL media at up to 4x and read it back at up to 8x speeds.

Construction Burn Tests CDR Media


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  • DarthRanger - Saturday, September 4, 2004 - link

    Hi Kristopher -
    Saw your post to my question; so you're saying Plextor has a d/l DVD RW? I checked Plextor-America's site and didn't see a D/L model there. Can you point me to a link?


    Darth Ranger
  • Bozo Galora - Saturday, September 4, 2004 - link

    Well well, quite a hodge podge of opinions and corrections.

    First of all the "retail" version with "honeycombed" casing to lower noise is not out yet. Its PART number is DVR-A08XL.
    DVR-108 is the name of the drive and DVR-108D is the bare drive OEM bulk PART number.

    I got that info from the cdrinfo article touted above, which does seem to be a lot more informative, and paints a lot less rosy picture of the drive.

    After reading AT review, I had actually written a check to edazz.com for 5 of them ($89 shipped). Thanks to comments here, I ripped up the check and am now on hold again.

    As far as the Plextor being $30 more expensive, pricegrabber.com has it for ~$122 at several vendors with 2 dif $30 rebate coupons noted, good until Oct.

    So then I went to cdrlabs.com and saw one of the the new Liteon 16X will have a USB port version...
    "Also available in an external version around October, the SOHW-1633SX offers an integrated USB 2.0 port for easy, flexible connectivity, and is ideal for users ‘on the go’."

    "Fewer mistakes than usual" comment by belzer - heh heh. Quite an indictment.

    I really need some DVD burners badly, but I guess I have to wait this stuff out.

    And will have to take future AT optical reviews with a grain of salt - so to speak.

  • kcma - Friday, September 3, 2004 - link

    I never read Anandtech's optical storage reviews, why? Because any burner reviews without tests on protected media is not worth my time reading. I browsed through the article quickly and once again, no tests are done on ripping and burning protected titles. If I was wrong because I browsed too quickly, I apologize. I would love to see this changed though, Maybe future articles can include these tests? Reply
  • bendixG15 - Thursday, September 2, 2004 - link

    Okay;;Is there a diference between the model
    DVR-108 asnd the DVR-108D ????

  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, September 2, 2004 - link

    Questar: The ridata media is pretty terrible. I havent seen another burner that burns it well either.

    Then again, look at some of our other dual layer tests that cant even burn the good MKM stuff.

  • mud - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    "but since dual layer media still costs several dollars a disc"

    Can someone tell me where I can find dual layer media at that price!?
  • Questar - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    A drive that FAILED half of the +R9 tests is considered the best drive you have ever tested?!?

    WTF was an average drive then??

  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    Belzer youre correct, ill have that changed.

  • Belzer - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    Congratulations, fewer mistakes in this reveiw than usual. Here is a major one though:
    "CMC MAG F01
    This is an Imation disc rated at 8x write speeds."

    If this was rated 8x, which I doubt, it must be a mistake in production. CMC MAG F01 is the MID for CMC Magnetics 4x certified discs. If you had really tried a CMC Magnetics 8x disc, MID CMC MAG E01, you would actually have been able to try the burner @16x speed as it allows overspeeding on this media.
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - link

    DarthRanger: I am guessing you didnt read the review.


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