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Old May 2, 2014, 09:45 AM
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I didn't notice any issues ripping to flac, however I was using a dual core Celeron when I ripped all of my cds so I wasn't expecting blistering speeds... :)

When I started looking into external ODDs I avoided any of the slim USB powered ones based on feedback I got from members here about them not being optimal. I had been running a full sized Samsung for quite a while but buggered that one up myself trying to flash the firmware on it (not even completely sure I had the right model.... ;) ). Once that died I started looking for something I could upgrade with a stock ODD if required and the Vantec was pretty much the only available option I could find (even then it was one of those "we don't stock it, but we can get it over XXX period of time" items).

edit: Just read your response to 10e and am not sure what settings I'm using... I just started on flac and used XBMC defaults.

edit2: I'd think that it would be the ODD itself that affects this as opposed to the interface. With a unit like the Vantec you can put whatever ODD into it that you want.
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Old May 2, 2014, 12:06 PM
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Yeah, my only concern is any potential artificial restriction placed on speed through USB that would not be apparent through direct SATA. If that seems to have no effect, it is essentially the perfect solution for any machine without 3.5" bays where using a slim drive is not feasible.
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Old May 2, 2014, 12:20 PM
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No optical drives, I must really be an old fart now, I've got 3 of the things.
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Old May 2, 2014, 12:22 PM
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Optical drives can not come close to maxing out even USB2.0. I quit using internal 5.25 devices close to 10 years ago. I just keep my BD / HDDVD () drives in USB enclosures.
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I have a slim BlueRay external sitting on top of my Prodigy. 200 mm rad and 5.25 were not comparable.
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