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Installation

We used the TEKRAM DC-390U2W SCSI controller, sold at 165$ retail. Thanks to Azzo Computers for the supply, we can always count on them! Of course such an expensive and high quality card is not required for a CDR-W drive to operate, unless you run a good branded, fast SCSI hard-drive and plan to use it at the same time. If you plan to buy one for use with a CDR-W/CD-ROM drive such as the SANYO, we don't recommend you dump all of your pocket money and go for the top branded SCSI card. Basically any SCSI card will do the job great. We recommend the TEKRAM DC390F Sold at 89$ at Azzo.

We inserted the drive in the Aqua Blue Case, which I reviewed not too long ago. We leaved the default SCSI ID to 4. On the boot, the BIOS detected the drive as SANYO CRD-BP2. Mission completed. On the windows boot, everything was detected and ready to run without any hassle.

Test system

Test System

CPU(s)



Intel Pentium III 550E

   
Motherboard(s) ASUS P3V4X      
Memory

128MB PC133 Mushkin

     
Hard Drive

Maxtor Diamond 10.2GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA 66

CDROM(s)

Sanyo CRD-BP2 w/Tekram DC-390U2W SCSI controller

Video Card(s)

Matrox Millenium G400

Operating System

Name(s)

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98 SE

Benchmarking/Burning
Names(s)

NERO BURNING ROM 4.0.9.1, NTI CD-Maker Pro

Conclusion

Sanyo has put up a very interesting and appealing product. Being the first drive with the BURN-Proof technology to eliminate Buffer under runs and offering the fastest recording speeds to date! This drive is not available just yet, but when it isl, it unfortunately won't be available for the end user nor in retail versions in the store near you. But again, this doesn't mean you couldn't get a hand on one. I would say, about 2 weeks after the official release, some stores should have them already in stock, and Azzo Computers should be one of the first. Lacie already announced their CDR-(W) product line to be available in MARCH/APRIL 2000 and several other companies should fallow.

As we already gave a brief description and introduction to BURN-Proof, it ends up being a very interesting and promising technology, especially for fast drives. If you are planning to buy one of these 12x CDR beasts, we highly recommend you to invest the extra buck.

Currently the drive doesn't support over-burning, and misses the MMC RAW Feature. Our buddy John Makos at CDRINFO let us know that the upcoming firmware will have MMC RAW support. Hopefully in the final version of the unit a firmware update will be available to enable over-burning. We didn't have any special details or estimates on prices because the product hasn't been released just yet, but expect slightly higher prices than regular 12x burners.

Update 00/04/13: Sanyo let us know that the drive is now available for OEM sales. Check their BURN-Proof site for details.

Oleg Mitskaniouk
00/04/14





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