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Guyver
16th August 1999, 12:17
Hey All,

Just thought I'd write and let you know that I've just recently tested a very (repeat Very) fast CDROM drive.

The Kenwood 52X True-X ATAPI / Ultra SCSI (2 different products) are among the fastest drives I've every worked with.

I'll try and get some benchmark numbers, although it only took around 2.5 minutes to copy the entire Windows98SE cdrom to an already full hard drive.

ALBPM
16th August 1999, 22:02
Thanks for the heads-up. It does look fast.

Paul

Alfie
17th August 1999, 11:01
Guyver-Any problems with installing either device?Thanks for the info!Will start pricing them today.

Tn
17th August 1999, 11:24
Any of you have problems with CD Drives that spin too fast? My brother was listening to a CD on a 48x drive and sometimes it would skip.

Tn
17th August 1999, 11:25
Any of you have problems with CD Drives that spin too fast? My brother was listening to a CD on a 48x drive and sometimes it would skip.

Guyver
17th August 1999, 11:50
Negative - no problems. Windows 98 detected it with no problems at all.

- No skips either...

Wombat
17th August 1999, 12:07
That's the cool thing about the Kenwood drive, it only spins at 20x or 24x speed. This also reduces that annoying whine.
Multiple lasers are cool.

-Wombat

Guyver
17th August 1999, 13:52
Yeah, this ZEN technology is cool. The CD doesn't have to actually spin @ 52X. The drive uses 7 Laser beams and a custom ASIC to read multiple tracks simultaneously and merge them into a single data stream. Couple that with a 2MB buffer and watch out... WooHoo... This thing hauls @$$....

Windows 95 may require a driver download from Kenwood. DOS drivers are available, however a generic ATAPI driver should work. Windows 98 built in drivers just plain work.

This drive rocks...


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Running an ABIT BE6, PIII-450 @ 600Mhz, 128MB (128x1) PC133HSDRAM (running @ 133), Matrox Mystique G200 8MB, SBLive! Full Retail, Adaptec AHA-2940UW (Dual Channel)
All kinds of other SCSI and ATAPI goodies....
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Waiting for my G400Max Very Impatiently, Having already maxed system performance to give it a good home.....

ALBPM
21st August 1999, 11:38
Well I had to get another CD Rom to to finish another system for my Brother Inlaw. So I indulged myself and picked up one of these Kenwoods (I'm such a Slut). Damn they are FAST!!!!

Paul

Guyver
22nd August 1999, 11:06
YUP! Toldja!

M Ragsdale
22nd August 1999, 11:59
Dammit Paul!!! I can't ever get any of the toys I want before you. Lucky shitzu!!

Rags



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