Best Blu-Ray/DVD drive for nMP?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by carrerascott, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. carrerascott macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2009
    Need one for ripping, not burning.

    Plenty of highly rated usb2 ones on Amazon for <$100. Would usb3 help at all? Or is the format too slow to matter?

    I assume there is no thunderbolt one out there.
  2. ZnU macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    In theory you may see a small benefit with Blu-Ray 10x or higher via USB 3.0, in practice I'm skeptical it makes much difference.

    We have a couple of these kicking around. It's a burner with USB 3.0, so maybe you can find something cheaper and/or smaller if you don't need those features, but this model is $88 and I can vouch for it working well with OS X, so I thought I'd mention it.
  3. Einz macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    This is the only one that looks like it belongs with the nMP.
  5. carrerascott thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2009
    Looks nicest, but assume it's USB2 and no reviews....
  6. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    Unless they use a really bad controller, USB2 should not be a limiting factor with that drive - especially when it seems to be based around a slot-loading notebook drive. (much slower than the large desktop drives)

    6x Blu-ray is only 27MB/s - and you won't actually be reaching those speeds.
    My SATA 12x BDXL drive only reads about 30-40MB/s at peak speeds.
  7. Killerbob macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2008
    I am wondering if the old USB DVD Apple drive that I got for my MacBook Air will work on the nMP? I see that the new SuperDrive is compatible with the nMP, but what about the older version? Anyone?

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