The Sony AWG170A offers the industry's fastest level writing capability, supporting 18x DVD±R overspeed writing on 16x single layer media. The Sony drives now also offer 12x DVD-RAM write/read speed, an increase of over 50%.
The AWG170A supports all DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW media including the latest double and dual layer DVD Recordable discs as well as DVD RAM. The Sony AWG170A delivers swift performance with over 400 tested and supported media types, including 8x recording of both DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL double/dual layer discs. Rewriteable DVDs are recorded at 8x (DVD+RW) or 6x (DVD-RW) speed but can be read at up to 13x. The drive also supports CD-R writing/reading of 48x CD Speed. The AWG170A is an Ultra DMA66 Mode 4 ATAPI device.
Other key features include an Active Disc Position Adjustment - a function that compensates for an unbalanced disc and the Static Damper System used to minimize shock and vibration during the read/write operation. The AWG170A has a self-cooling design that does not require a mechanical fan and is one of the shortest drives on the market, which further improves the airflow within the PC.