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Gigabyte GO-0804A

Here’s the second reviewee, the more advanced GO-0804A model. It is shipped in a retail package, like the first drive:

The package is somewhat different, but looks no less impressive than the box the junior model comes in.

We have the same cute door on the front panel here, concealing the detailed specs of the drive. The accessories have got thinner, though. The DVD+RW blank is missing; the detailed user manual has transformed into a multi-language poster that only described the installation process, skipping the specifications. The audio cable and a pack of mounting screws are the only things that remained intact. The software bundle now includes MyDVD and PowerDVD. That’s all.

The exterior of the drive fully complies with the standards of the company it is actually manufactured by (I mean Lite-On): the same shape of the tray and controls and indicators. Typically for the latest Lite-Ons, this one is made by a “shortened” design. The GO-0804A does differ from regular Lite-Ons, although very slightly. First, there’s the Gigabyte label in the left corner of the tray, and second, the order of the logotypes of different disc formats and of the maximum burn speed is different.

Turning the device upside down we can notice a total lack of any changes compared to Lite-On drives: the same construction, no ventilation or cooling of the device’s internals. Seems like we’ve got a typical clone here.

  

Like the GO-0404A, the GO-0804A is based on the same last-generation MT1818E/MT1816E chipset from MediaTek. This time, however, the potential of this chipset is realized more fully. As for the internal organization and the PCB design – they once again indicate that we’re dealing with a classic Lite-On.

Now let’s browse through the device’s specs.

  • Supported burn speeds:
    • DVD-R: 1x, 2x, 4x (CLV);
    • DVD-RW: 1x, 2x (CLV);
    • DVD+R: 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x (CLV);
    • DVD+RW: 2.4x, 4x (CLV);
    • CD-R: 8x, 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x;
    • CD-RW: 4x, 10x, 16x, 24x (P-CAV);
  • Supported read speeds:
    • DVD-ROM (single-layer): 12x CAV;
    • DVD-ROM (dual-layer): 6x CAV;
    • DVD+R/RW: 6x;
    • DVD-R/RW: 6x;
    • CD-ROM: 40x CAV;
    • CD-RW: 32x CAV;
  • Supported disc formats:
    • DVD-ROM, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video CD, CD-DA, CD-ROM (XA), CD Extra, Video CD, Photo CD, CD Text, multi-session;
  • Buffer size: 2MB;
  • Average access time: 160 milliseconds (both DVD and CD);
  • Weight: 0.9kg.

So, what has changed since the Gigabyte GO-0404A model? First, the DVD+R burn speed has increased from archaic 4x to quite acceptable 8x, although DVD-R discs are still recorded at 4x only. The rewrite speeds have remained the same. The 8x speed has been added for CD-Rs. What’s curious, the average access time for CDs has grown from 130 to 160 milliseconds. The GO-0804A can be considered as a slightly reworked and minimally enhanced version of the GO-0404A as concerns functionality (not design). This gives me the right to compare the two DVD-burners in tests.

The reports of Nero Info Tool and DVDInfo follow below:

  

Mark the support of S.M.A.R.T. and Streaming.

It’s time to proceed to our tests now.

 
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