Superdrive not so super?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by luffx, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. luffx macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    Howdy all,

    First off, let me just say I'm not trying to incite a riot or flame-war...

    I'm considering purchasing the new 27" iMac. I noticed the ODD specs look similar to the Powerbook G4 I had 3+ years ago...

    Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    * Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 4x speed
    * Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed
    * Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
    * Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
    * Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed
    * Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed
    * Reads CDs at up to 24x speed

    I was a little peeved to see that Apple isn't implementing a BR-Drive. But oh well, I can get over that. However, I noticed the speeds leave much to be desired. 24x CD? 8x DVD? I remember thinking how slow it was to write data on the Powerbook compared to my home-built machine; should I still anticipate this? Does Apple have a vendor-contract? Is it b/c they are slim/slot-load drives?

  2. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2007
    Yup it's not really that "SUPER" after all. However you can buy an external DVD burner that writes at 20X speeds for very cheap. I strongly recommend you buy one.
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    The iMac uses a slot loading drive which is basically a laptop drive. Because they are so thin, they speeds that the drive can physically spin the disc are much lower compared to the larger drives that you typically find in a tower case. Thus, the speeds are much lower.

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