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Conclusion

The reviewed drives achieved good results in my tests, but require a serious overhaul as concerns processing DVD-R media. The strong and weak points of each model are listed below.

Gigabyte GO-0804A

Highs:

  • Excellent burn quality with DVD media, save for DVD-R format;
  • Fast error correction mechanism;
  • Can read data from the housekeeping areas of the disc;
  • Small offset;
  • High audio grabbing speed.

Lows:

  • Average CD burn quality, especially at the lower speeds;
  • Low-quality reading of damaged Audio CDs;
  • Poor burning of DVD-R media.

Gigabyte GO-0404A

Highs:

  • Good CD-R burn quality;
  • Excellent DVD burn quality, save for the DVD-R format;
  • 100% return of C2 errors;
  • Excellently reads damaged Audio CDs.

Lows:

  • Cannot burn DVD-R discs;
  • Cannot read the Lead-In and Lead-Out areas;
  • Errors when copying audio data “on the fly”.
 
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