Recommendations for a CD-ROM

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I'm building a new system and I'm trying to figure out what the best CD-ROM drive is. I've looked all over the Internet and maximum PC and can't get any current recommendations. I've seen quite a few professional reviews on the Kenwood 72 TrueX but I've also seen a lot of consumer reviews that weren't so good. Also I can't find it for sale or in stock on any online vendors and I have tried about 50 different vendors plus computershopper.com and pricewatch.com. Plus, this drive is over 1 year old. I want a good CD-ROM for CD to CD-RW copies and fast audio extraction plus running games more efficiently. I just don't know what to get. No one seems to concentrate reviews on CD-ROMs unless they are CD-RWs or DVD/CD-ROMS. Hopefully a Tomshardware reader will give me a few suggestions. Thanks.
 
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Have a look for info on the Asus 50X. I have read that this is a good drive for £39 UK price But I cannot confirm this myself.
 
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Yes, the Kenwood can be a little flaky. I use plextor SCSI drives, but for IDE I would probably go with Teac or Asus.

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I've got the Asus 50x. It's a decent drive, but loud. It's also started making grinding noises on bootup (have had it installed for two months). Not usually a good thing.

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I really reccomend you get a DVD drive.
they read CD's at 40x or 48x, are just as quiet, and u can look at dvd's too! :)

ive got a pioneer 106S.
ata 66, slow loading (looks cool)
audio data reading @ 40x
dvd @ 16x
audio cd DAE (ripping) @ 16x sustained for almost the entire disc.

combined with my ricoh 12x on the same ide cable i can do flawless cd to cd on the fly burns :)

i had a sony 52x, but i dumped it cauz it ripped too many error containing songs. plus it was loud and slow to spin up. DAE also sucked.

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lhgpoobaa

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oh yeah...
<A HREF="http://www.storagereview.com" target="_new">http://www.storagereview.com</A>
for cd reviews.

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Guess they made their model better. Mine spins up really fast, and rips really fast with no errors. Wonder what my 100xCD will do when it comes out:)

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Don't get an Aopen 52x. Mine has major problems reading certain CDs, like the driver CD that came with my GeForce 3.
 

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I have a kenwood true-x 72x. The drive is amazing. It's quiet, quick and unfortunently very pricey. I think it's a sweet drive but i don't think it's worth $100. I got mine from compusa. I believe <A HREF="http://www.buy.com" target="_new">http://www.buy.com</A> has the drive.

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AEboy128

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When is it coming out??

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flamethrower205

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Should come out within a month or two. Was scheduled to be out by septmeber/ early october, but they delayed it a bit. Aw hell, I'll send em another e-mail right now to get a more exact date:)

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AEboy128

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Sweet. I wonder how much faster it'll be than my true-X.

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flamethrower205

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Well it too uses truex technology, just that it spins at 10x and has 10 lasers. I think the DVD will be very fast, considering it'll transfer faster than my hard drive!!

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I would assume that since mine has 7 lasers it spins at about 10X also.

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Hmm... Good idea. Then they'd have to use more than udma33. Hmmmm... A 520x true-x cdrom drive with 20mb buffer and 10 lasers. SWEET!!

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There's no point in having a CD-ROM drive that's faster than an IDE RAID 0 because the hard drive will be the bottleneck. Plus, at 52X, it'll be loud.

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True, But it'd still be sweet.

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