Most new computer cases no longer come with optical drive bays

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by Pelvis Popcan, Aug 5, 2022 at 11:21 AM.

  1. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    Nice try? Not sure what you are out to prove man. I was just trying to show you what I ran in hopes it helped you. It wasn't a competition or anything. I did not mean it like that.
     
  2. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    A dedicated Plex machine fed by a NAS on a 2.5GB network. But the Rokus only run across wireless for this. They have ethernet but they only run at 100mb which is not fast enough.
     
  3. coopervid

    coopervid Moderator

    Wrong answer. How do you receive your UHD content?
     
  4. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    I am thinking I just misunderstood your 3 word question more than having a wrong answer. But anyway, it comes from UHD discs.
     
  5. RedFox 1

    RedFox 1 Super Moderator

    This was the KIng of Optical Drive Cases, it was remade until 2007, this was the last iteration of the Thermaltake Armour

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  6. coopervid

    coopervid Moderator

    I guessed so anyway :sneaky:. More or less a rhetorical question. But causality leads to UHD discs. And drives. And...
     
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  7. Pelvis Popcan

    Pelvis Popcan Well-Known Member

    This is impossible. How can a super moderator for RedFox not use an optical drive? :D

    Anyways, I guess this shows how a lot of people just use external USB. I can't imagine that discs are going to completely go away in favor of streaming. You just simply can't get the quality of 4K discs via streaming. And a PC that actually plays commercial 4K discs is going to need a drive connected to SATA (or external SATA). So no optical drives except USB justifies AnyDVD's existence, since you're going to need to rip a 4K disc using a 4K friendly drive in order to be able to watch it on a PC without an optical drive, or with external USB only.
     
  8. coopervid

    coopervid Moderator

    We are taking care of things and split the subjects. Redfox1 takes mostly care of Anystream and I take care of AnyDVD and CloneBD. Regarding the discs subject he will most likely answer himself but he had severe eye sight issues in the past. Seems to be at least OK again now.
     
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  9. whatever_gong82

    whatever_gong82 Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that @RedFox 1 eyesight issue is being addressed.

    Back on topic, I'm actually enjoying this discussion. Very informative.

    :)
     
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  10. RedFox 1

    RedFox 1 Super Moderator

    Its kind of funny because back at the turn of the century I worked at a computer company and optical drives were just becoming big with the advent of Pioneer BDR-101A (the first Blu-ray drive) in 2007. Before that BenQ had a stronghold on the business, and when they suddenly went out of business I knew another format was coming, at one time I owned over 50 BenQ optical, from DW1620 to the DW1655 and Taiyo Yuden ruled the disc business from Japan.
     
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  11. coopervid

    coopervid Moderator

    Regarding SATA you are wrong. You can place an ODD in an USB enclosure and you can rip as good as connected to SATA. Yes, that enclosure has to be compatible with ODDs. Some are not.
     
  12. Ch3vr0n

    Ch3vr0n Translator NL

    Nor did i mate. Thats what i mean, it was a nice try! (y) Being corsair was even a bonus, they make good quality stuff. I love using them. It was a good suggestion, unfortunately, doesn't meet my requirements. Hence me saying, if you have any other suggestions, i'm all ears! I really wanna replace this aging case (even though its still in perfect shape). Please if you want, keep looking!
     
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  13. coopervid

    coopervid Moderator

    Thanks! The case I got is pretty good as cartman also confirmed. It just doesn't have the front fast USB ports. Be quiet has "German engineering" if you remember that old funny Volkswagen commercial. Yes, it was less funny after the Diesel scandal. But this company has good quality if you want to build a silent PC.
     
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  14. Pelvis Popcan

    Pelvis Popcan Well-Known Member

    I'm talking about playing a commercial UHD disc on a PC using a commercial software player that can play original 4K discs. If computer cases don't have any space for optical drives, then I'm not certain if you can legitimately play commercial discs on such a build via an external USB drive or external USB enclosure. (Maybe via eSATA?) I could be wrong about that though.

    Ripping of course is different and works fine in a USB enclosure. But that's illegal. :)
     
  15. Pelvis Popcan

    Pelvis Popcan Well-Known Member

    I really like the look of this one (Fractal Meshify 2 XL), except for the fact that it has no optical bays:

    https://www.fractal-design.com/products/cases/meshify/meshify-2-xl-light-tempered-glass/black/


    Fractal does make a model (Define) that is several years old now that supports two optical drives:

    https://www.fractal-design.com/products/cases/define/define-7-xl-light-tempered-glass/black/


    But, it looks pretty plain. The two optical drives mount on top, and the front of the case is a door that swings open. (I had to check the manual to confirm that, because from the pictures it does not look like there's any way to access any optical drives.)
     
  16. coopervid

    coopervid Moderator

    It's not a problem to play a disc with a drive attached via USB e.g. with PowerDVD. Not at all. You are wrong about that.
     
  17. DaveO88

    DaveO88 Moderator

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  18. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    Just speaking out of experience and to highlight the OP's statement the last 2 cases I bought I had to weed through hundreds of cases to find one with external bays. There were soooo many cool and nice cases I had to discount because there were no bays.

    -BUT-

    The next case I am thinking I will go enclosure with USB and give that a try. Am I wrong to think that so long as the drive is compatible I should be OK? Or are we stuck with SATA for compatibility/performance?
     
  19. ChuckH

    ChuckH Well-Known Member

    Not only do they no longer have optical drives, they are loading with annoying LED lights. I really don't want my computer to look like a Christmas tree.
     
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  20. Ch3vr0n

    Ch3vr0n Translator NL

    inside enclosures there's gonna be a controlboard that converts the ODD's sata connector to USB. If there's gonna be a stability/performance problem with the drive, it's gonna be due to that control board. Then there's also the caveat that not all 5.25" enclosures support ODD's