Pioneer DVR-112 DVD-RW Drive Page: 1
Introduction

Pioneer are a world renowned manufacturer of electrical equipment. Specialising in audio and visual units, they produce a vast range of products ranging from Home theatre systems to Car audio solutions as we are told by their offical website:

Pioneer develops and manufactures innovative products for all your hi-tech entertainment needs – home, car audio, multimedia and DJ equipment. By combining cutting-edge technology with sophisticated design, our products can transport you to a world of fun.


In terms of computer components Pioneer manufacture high quality optical drives. They have kindly supplied OC3D with a sample unit of the DVR-112 DVD Multi-recorder, which is an impressive unit on paper. It boasts super fast DVD write speeds and a plethora of gadgets to ensure the drive is of the highest quality. So let's begin.

Packaging & Package

The drive came packaged in a small box just bigger than the drive itself. With reasonably thick walls the DVR-112 had little room to slide about and therefore was adequately protected.

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The drive was then wrapped in a plastic bag inside the box to protect it from scratches. It's nice to see that the drive would survive a long journey. I suspect the retail packaging would be even better.

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Most OEM optical drives are supplied without any kind of driver CD or cables and would arrive in a very similar package to this one. Where-as a retail sample may include software such as a CD/DVD burning application, the version supplied sadly did not.

Apperance

The sample I received had the standard beige fascia on it. Moulded into the front of the drive tray is a few CD and DVD logos that let the user know what the drive can do. On the top of the drive there is a sticker outlining the various aspects of the drive including its jumper settings, mandatory laser warnings, model & serial numbers, manufacture date and power consumption.

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Next we'll take a look at the drive's specifications...

Pioneer DVR-112 DVD-RW Drive Page: 2
Specification

The following specifications were taken from Pioneer' website:

Specifications DVR-112
Write Support
  • DVD-R (4.7GB, Ver 2.0 & 2.1 for General)
  • DVD-R DL (8.54GB, Dual Layer, Ver 3.0)
  • DVD-RW (4.7GB, Ver 1.0, 1.1 & 1.2)
  • +R (4.7GB, Ver 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3)
  • +R DL (8.54GB Double Layer, Ver 1.0 & 1.1)
  • +RW (4.7GB, Ver 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3)
  • +RW High Speed (4.7GB, Ver 1.0)
  • DVD-RAM (4.7GB, Ver 2.0, 2.1 & 2.2 (Class0) and [RAM2(Class1)], non-cartridge versions)
  • CD-R (Type 74, 650MB & Type 80, 700MB)
  • CD-RW (including HS, US, US+)
  • Read Support
  • DVD-ROM (Single & Dual Layer, Single & Dual Sided)
  • DVD-RAM (Ver 2.0, 2.1 & 2.2 (Class0) and [RAM2(Class1)], non-cartridge version)
  • DVD-R, DVD-R DL (Dual Layer), DVD-RW
  • +R, +R DL (Double Layer), +RW
  • CD-ROM Mode 1, CD-ROM XA Mode 2 (Form 1, Form 2)
  • CD-Text, Photo-CD (Single & Multiple Session), CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-Text, Video CD, CD-R, CD-RW (including HS, US, US+)
  • Write Speed DVD-R
  • 18x CAV (24.93 MB/sec)*
  • 16x CAV (22.16 MB/sec)*
  • 12x PCAV / Zone CLV (16.62 MB/sec)
  • 8x PCAV / Zone CLV (11.08 MB/sec)
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (5.54 MB/sec)
  • 2x CLV (2.77 MB/sec)
  • 1x CLV (1.385 MB/sec)

    *It is required to use a cable corresponding to U-ATA66 (80-wire conductor cable)
  • Write Speed DVD-R Dual Layer
  • 10x Zone CLV (13.85 MB/sec*
  • 8x Zone CLV (11.08 MB/sec*
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (5.54 MB/sec)
  • 2x CLV (2.77 MB/sec)

    *This specification describes the maximum speed in one zone
  • Write Speed DVD-RW
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (5.54 MB/sec)
  • 2x CLV (2.77 MB/sec)
  • 1x CLV (1.385 MB/sec)
  • Write Speed 8cm DVD-R/RW with Adapter
  • 2x CLV (2.77 MB/sec)
  • 1x CLV (1.385 MB/sec)
  • Write Speed +R
  • 18x CAV (24.93 MB/sec)*
  • 16x CAV (22.16 MB/sec)*
  • 12x PCAV / Zone CLV (16.62 MB/sec)
  • 8x PCAV / Zone CLV (11.08 MB/sec) MB/sec)
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (5.54 MB/sec)
  • 2.4x CLV (3.32 MB/sec)

    *It is required to use a cable corresponding to U-ATA66 (80-wire conductor cable)
  • Write Speed +R Double Layer
  • 10x Zone CLV (13.85 MB/sec*
  • 8x Zone CLV (11.08 MB/sec*
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (5.54 MB/sec)
  • 2.4x CLV (3.32 MB/sec)

    This specification describes the maximum speed in one zone
  • Write Speed +RW
  • 8x Zone CLV (11.08 MB/sec)
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (5.54 MB/sec)
  • 3.3x CLV (4.57 MB/sec)
  • 2.4x CLV (3.32 MB/sec)
  • Write Speed DVD-RAM
  • 12x PCAV (16.62 MB/sec)
  • 8x PCAV (11.08 MB/sec)
  • 6x CLV (8.31 MB/sec)
  • 5x CLV (6.92 MB/sec)
  • 3x CLV (4.15 MB/sec)
  • 2x CLV (2.77 MB/sec)
  • Write Speed CD-R
  • 40x CAV (6.00 MB/sec)
  • 32x PCAV / Zone CLV (4.80 MB/sec)
  • 24x PCAV / Zone CLV (3.60 MB/sec)
  • 16x CLV (2.40 MB/sec)
  • 10x CLV (1.50 MB/sec)
  • 4x CLV (0.60 MB/sec)
  • Write Speed CD-RW
  • 32x Zone CLV (4.80 MB/sec) (US+)
  • 24x Zone CLV (3.60 MB/sec) (US and US+)
  • 20x Zone CLV (3.00 MB/sec) (US)
  • 16x CLV (2.40 MB/sec) (US and US+)
  • 10x CLV (1.50 MB/sec) (HS and US)
  • 4x CLV (0.60 MB/sec) (Normal and HS)
  • Write Speed 8cm CD-R/RW with Adapter 4x CLV (0.60 MB/sec)
    Read Speed DVD-ROM (Single Layer) Max. 16x CAV (22.16 MB/sec)
    Read Speed DVD-ROM (Dual Layer) Max. 12x CAV (16.62 MB/sec)
    Read Speed DVD-Video
    (with CSS, Single / Dual Layer)
    Max. 5x CAV (6.925 MB/sec)
    Read Speed DVD-RAM 12x PCAV (16.62 MB/sec)
    Read Speed DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RW Max. 12x CAV (16.62 MB/sec), Max. 8x CAV (11.08 MB/sec), Max. 8x CAV (11.08 MB/sec)
    Read Speed +R, +R Double Layer, +RW Max. 12x CAV (16.62 MB/sec), Max. 8x CAV (11.08 MB/sec), Max. 8x CAV (11.08 MB/sec)
    Read Speed 8cm DVD-ROM DVD-R/RW DVD Video with Adapter Max. 3.4x CAV (4.70 MB/sec)
    Read Speed CD-ROM Max. 40x CAV (6.00 MB/sec)
    Read Speed CD-R Max. 40x CAV (6.00 MB/sec), Max. 32x CAV (4.80 MB/sec)
    Read Speed 8cm CDROM CDR/RW CDDA with Adapter Max. 6.1x CAV (0.91 MB/sec)
    Read Speed CD-DA CD-TEXT Mixed CD CD-Extra (Play audio) Max. 9.3x CAV (1.39 MB/sec)
    Read Speed CD-DA CD-TEXT Mixed CD CD-Extra (Data extraction) Max. 40x CAV (6.00 MB/sec)
    Read Speed Video-CD Max. 9.3x CAV (1.39 MB/sec)
    Access Time DVD-ROM 130 msec (Random Average)
    Access Time DVD-RAM 210 msec (Random Average)
    Access Time CD 120 msec (Random Average)
    Interface ATA/ATAPI-7, SFF-8090
    IDE Data Transfer Mode PIO Mode 4, Multi Word DMA Mode 2, Ultra DMA Mode 2, Ultra DMA Mode 4 (Ultra-DMA66)*

    It is required to use a cable corresponding to U-ATA66 (80-wire conductor cable)
    Data Buffer 2 MB
    Mounting Orientation Horizontal and Vertical (+/- 5 degrees)

    *80mm discs cannot be used when the drive is vertically mounted. The case remains even when an adapter is used.
    Power Requirement +5V 1.4A
    +12V 0.85A (Average during 18x CAV DVD-R writing process)
    Power Consumption 17.2W (Average during 18x DVD-R CAV writing process)
    Regulatory Approval UL60950-1 First Edition, CSA C22.2 No.60950-1-03, EN60950-1:2001+A11, CB Report: IEC60950-1:2001, FIMKO, SEMKO (Optional)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) mm (Including height of Front Bezel) 148 x 42.3 x 180
    Net Weight 0.9 kg



    Pioneer DVR-112 DVD-RW Drive Page: 3
    Testing

    To test the drive I installed it into a system comprised of:

    Intel Core 2 Due E4300 (3.0ghz, 1.45v)
    Asus P5N-E SLI
    2GB Patriot PC8500
    Antec P180b


    Nero CD-DVD Speed


    To gauge an accurate comparison I tested the drive against an Operatic DVD-RW AD-7170S. First up I wanted to test the drive''s performance and subsequently I ran the test using a knoppix live cd burned onto a generic CD-R.

    pion_cd Oper_cd
    Pioneer DVR-112 Operatic AD-7170S

    The Pioneer came out of the CD burning tests rather successfully considering it was up against a unit with a superior interface. The Pioneer actually managed to beat the Operatic DVD-RW AD-7170S in some of the seek tests. The speeds were slightly lower, possibly due to to the interfaces, but an strange anomaly occurred in the Pioneer results; the drive speed started going up and down like a yo-yo, as you can see by its graph.

    Next I repeated the test but with a DVD-RW burned with 3.7GB of data on it.

    pio_dvd oper_dvd
    Pioneer DVR-112 vs Operatic AD-7170S

    The DVD results were a lot more stable than the CD results.

    SiSoft Sandra

    For testing with sandra I took sisofts' advice and used a pressed, non-encrypted DVD that was as close to full as possible. This happened to take the shape of a PS2 demo disc I got with a magazine some years ago.

    Pioneer_sandra1 Pioneer_sandra2

    The DVR-112 came out tops in the first of these tests. It beat the indexing results of the drives in the programs database by a large margin, averaging 27.5% faster. Unfortunately, in the random access time tests it lost out by an even larger margin. On average 77.5% slower than the databased drives.

    I feel that the benchmarks here are very heavily influenced by the media used, and therefore performance would differ for every different type and make available. Hopefully the results will give a rough idea of the drives performance however.

    Noise

    With no proper noise measuring equipment at my disposal I'm unable to provide any figures about the volume of the DVR-112. Instead, I tested the drive's volume by putting in and watching a DVD film with my speakers on low volume.

    I can safely say the the DVR-112 is a lot quieter reading at full speed than my Operatic. It does make some odd 'grinding' noises while seeking, and it's still far from silent. But overall, it is still quieter than the drive I use on a daily basis which is a large improvement.

    Read on to find out the final thought on the DVR-112...


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    Conclusion

    Overall the Pioneer DRV-112 is a solid drive. It faired well throughout the tests and has proven itself more than capable of catering to those who prefer less noise. With the drive available in 3 different fascia plate colours it will match up to nearly any case that you would find today. The fact that it's IDE shouldn't deter you either, as it still beats the tested SATA drive in some aspects.


    Circling the £20 mark from Komplett and Tekheads the price is on par with every other quality burner on the market.

    Pros:

    Quiet
    Overall Performance is good
    Good price

    Cons:

    Poor radom access time
    Does give out some rather odd noises.



    Recommended Award

    Thanks to Pioneer for providing this sample.

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