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Quote:> I'm planning to buy a cd-writer.
> i don't have a scsi-controller and want to know if ASUS-SC200 is good enough
> for Philips 2600 and Pioneer DR466 12X ?
The ASUS SC-200 is based on the NCR/Symbios 53c810 chip, which is a
Fast/Narrow SCSI-2 DMA busmastering PCI device, roughly comparable to an
Adaptec 2940 in overall speed (but not the Ultra or Wide variants, though
other NCR/Symbios products compete with these, too). As such, it's quite
powerful enough to handle just about any SCSI CD-R and/or CD-ROM drive
currently on the market, AFAIK. I also don't know of any item-specific
incompatibilities. The main drawback to the 53c810-based boards is that
they don't contain any BIOS, so you can't boot a hard drive from them
unless your motherboard includes the SDMS BIOS support, which many -- but
not all -- motherboards do. Of course, the 53c810 is "only" a
Fast/Narrow adapter, so if you need more speed, you need to move up the
product line. Not many CD-R or CD-ROM drives use more bandwidth than
this, though. (I think Plextor's got one in the pipeline that's
UltraSCSI, but AFAIK that's it).
Quote:> Is the pioneer CD-Rom good for audio-copy?
I can't help you there. I've heard that SOME Pioneers are good for DAE,
but I don't know about the specific model you mention.
Quote:> Is the configuration explained above good enough for Disc-At-Once ?
DAO is entirely a function of the burning CD-R drive. I believe the
Philips 2600 does support DAO, but check with Philips to be sure.
Quote:> I don't have much money.
In this case, I'd say the 53c810 is probably an excellent choice. Oh,
actually, I just remembered I'd saved a phone number: 1-619-677-3135.
This is for Insight Electronics, which resells Symbios products. They
reportedly have the Symbios SYM20810 adapter, which is equivalent to the
ASUS model but made by Symbios, for $35. Somebody recently posted this
to a Linux newsgroup, and said he's happy with the board. I've no
personal experience with Insight Electronics, though. IMHO, $35 is a
great price, though the 53c810 isn't exactly on the cutting edge any more.
As I said, though, it's more than adequate for CD-R burning.
(FWIW, I've got a board based on the 53c825, which is a Fast/Wide variant
of the 53c810, driving seven Narrow devices, including my CD-R, and I've
no complaints about it. In my configuration, I might as well have a
53c810, except that I've no SDMS support on my motherboard, so I need a
53c8x5 chip to boot from my SCSI hard drives.)
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