Notice that the burner also writes and burns DVD's and CD's, and is rated at 8X for DVD-R and +R, 4X for DVD-RW and +RW, 2.4X for double-layer DVD+R, and double-layer DVD-R discs at 2X speed. Buffering is 8MB for Blu-ray and a 2MB for DVDs.
A rather spangly looking BDR
The rear of the disk....Black!
Apart from the (not included or currently supported) Blu Ray movie I've stuck in here for show, the drive comes with:
1 x BD R disc (writeable)
1 x BD RE disc (re-writeable)
1 x Copy Roxio DigitalMedia V7
And that's it. As I said earlier, this is aimed at early adopters and professional applications.Tests
I used my test setup which is as follows:
Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 3.3Ghz
Asus P5W Dh Deluxe
1gb Mushkin HP2 5300 (ruinning @ DDR800 4-4-4-10)
OCZ Gamextreme 850w
1 x Hitachi 7K150
2 x Hitachi 7K80 in RAID 0
I set up some quick tests on the drive to see what you can do with it. First I made a random file of 22GB text and burned this to the drive. This took a pretty nice 43mins 58seconds. Writing this back to my RAID 0 hard drive took 24mins 46seconds, not too shabby. This works out at a reasonable 68Mbps, pretty close to what the drive is rated at (72mbps for 2X BD-R).
Taking this file from my RAID 0 drive to my internal Hitachi SATA300 drive took 11mins 48seconds.
I then decided to take an 18gb HD movie file from my RAID 0 drive and transfer it to the Blu Ray drive. This took 40minutes 58seconds, matching the speed in test 1 of 68mbps. This was slightly faster than those of other sites who reported 67mbps, but I did it a few times to test and it seems right.Conclusion
The future for Blu Ray as a storage media seems to be pretty good with speeds rated very close to what the media is rated at and quite a bit more storage space on a dual layer Blu-Ray disk than a HD DVD disk, the technology is certainly there. Whether it gets steered in the right direction by the Blu-ray Disc Association is another thing of course.
The Pioneer BDR 101A is certainly not something your average user is likely to see in the near future with prices listed £513 @ SCAN
for this simple internal drive with pretty frugal software package. Having said that if you need to write some uncompressed HD content to disc, or simply need convenient and high-capacity optical media storage then Blu Ray certainly does the job.Pro's
+ Large Storage capacity
+ Speeds At close to rated
+ Great for early adopters
+ Future playback of BD-ROM movie'sCon's
- Prohibitively expensive
- Uncertain future of Blu Ray
- A lot faster transfer over an external disc
- Lack of Movie playback at this timeHelpful Links
Blue-Ray facts @ Blu-Ray.com
Specs @ Blue-Ray.com
Blu-Ray @ Wikipedia
How Blu-Ray works @ How Stuff Works
Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD @ Engadget
Blu-Ray vs HD DVD @ CDFreaks
Thanks to Pioneer
for providing the review sample
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