The extra bezel supplied by Gigabyte with its GO-W1616C drive allows users to dress it up in either black or white.
For extra funkiness, they could mix and match the tray plate with the main bezel and become the only kid on the block with a black and white burner!
Aesthetics aside, this inexpensive unit provides excellent DVD write performance, using the CAV method, but slightly sluggish read performance.
It also mysteriously changed from using Ultra DMA mode to PIO.
This was perhaps due to the drive having a problem reading one of our pressed discs, and it took us a few system restarts to get the drive working in DMA mode again.
For the record, using PIO mode with this drive, even on a powerful system, really made for snail-paced burning and used up to 100 per cent of our system CPU.
Software-wise, the drive comes with Nero Express 6 and PowerDVD.
That's fantastic value considering this drive costs less than $100.
Even though we did experience some problems with the data transfer mode of the drive, it still produced solid results that make it worth considering, especially for those on a budget. Its DVD+R performance was fast and its CD performance was solid. It was a little slow in its completion of a DVD+R DL burn, so anyone requiring killer double-layer performance should consider a faster drive.
Specifications: 2MB buffer, 170mm depth, 16x DVD+R, 4x DVD+R DL, 16x DVD-R, Nero Express 6.
This product is available from Synnex and Rectron.