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Old January 13, 2008, 02:19 PM
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Does anyone have this? Canada Computers - CD/DVD/RW Drives > Blu-Ray Drives : LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray HD DVD Combo Drive BD-R 6x/HD DVD-Rom 3x/16x DVD+/-R Lightscribe SATA W/Software.

For the price, it's soooo very tempting to throw into my HTPC.
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Old January 13, 2008, 03:48 PM
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A nice price it is, compared to $999 that it was. I am thinking of picking it up for my PC as well... but I think I'll wait a little longer.
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Old January 13, 2008, 06:16 PM
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It will probably be my next purchase
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Old January 15, 2008, 11:43 PM
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not a very good price. You can get it for $240ish from either NCIX or DirectCanada, one of the two. I have the said drive. Never used it for Blu-Ray as I don't own any (more will I until/if HD-DVD dies out). However for HD-DVD it works quiet.
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Old January 15, 2008, 11:54 PM
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I just also heard, a site of mine people were talking about the battle right now, and Blu-Ray is definitely taking the lead, I guess Paramont or something, a major company that was ''up in arms'' about which to join, has decided to join Blu-Ray, and also, a couple in which are linked for that company had in their contract with HD DVD that if this company went with Blu-Ray they could cancel the deal and go with Blu-Ray also, which now they are going through the legal work to get there.
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Old January 16, 2008, 08:57 AM
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I'll be throwing this drive into my HTPC as well. I am just waiting a bit longer for the price to come down some more.
Locally Memory Express has the retail version for $259. OEM versions will be just around the corner and drop the price to around $200 I'm guessing.
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Old January 19, 2008, 01:00 AM
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I have done a lot of testing with this drive, with BluRay, and the most important thing to do is to PAY ATTENTION to the system requirements - they are on the box itself. They are not underestimated requirements.

You need a good processor and a mid-to high-end video card. I tested with an Athlon XP 3400+ dual core and could only manage ~6 fps total with even a good video card, with 100% CPU usage (clean OS load). With an 8400GS and a dual core E6600 the full 30fps was achievable with MUCH lower CPU usage (I think it was around 40%).

FYI, Vista was much better than XP across the board. Some video cards wouldn't play BluRay at all (more would not play in XP than Vista). Only green and blue blotches would display with some lower video cards.

The resolution of high definition DVD (HDDVD or BluRay) is 6x the resolution of standard definition DVD, so imagine 6 times the requirements, at least!

Ours was installed in an Antec Fusion 430, Intel DG33TL board, Q6600, 4GB, ATI 2600XT, LG combo drive. Processor usage <20% on average during movie playback. BTW, the Antec Fusion is an amazing chassis, IMHO. I also have an Antec New Solutions HTPC chassis (without the VFD) and it too is super solid, very quiet. Great chassis.

Hope that helps!
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Well with in the next week or so, I'm getting my parts for a HTPC/PC build.
Parts include a
Intel e6550 2.33GHz , 2x1 GB Corsair DDR2-667 , P5E-VM HDMI (GMA x3500) ,
LG H20L Bluray/HDDVD Combo drive,
Hiper M580w PSU, Hitachi 320GB SATAII drive, in a Silverstone Sugo Evo case.

Since Asus advertises the P5E-VM HDMI can do "FULL HD 1080p"
I'm going to try to play Bluray and HDDVD on this system with the integrated
graphics of the g35 chipset, the GMA x3500 with HDMI output.

The system will be connected via HDMI to LCD TVs ranging from 50"~22"

BTW, the system is on Windows XP, so when I get to finish building, I'll tell
you guys if it works well enough.
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Here are the system sepcs for the LG drive.

System Requirements
  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 3.2GHz or equivalent (Recommended: Core 2 Duo E6300 or higher)
  • O/S: Windows XP (Home / Professional / Media Center Edition) with SP2, Windows Vista (x86, x64)
  • RAM: 1GB or more
  • HDD: 30GB or more of available space, Blu-ray Disc / HD DVD movie playback
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