I debated getting a DVD-ROM instead of a CD-ROM, but decided on a 40x CD-ROM
. The DVD-ROM drive was only about $60 more, but it used software decoding.
Kang said the envisioned minimum standard specification for the Internet PC will be a 400Mhz CPU, 64MB of RAM, a 6.4GB HDD, a 40X CD-ROM
drive, a 56kbps fax modem, an 8MB 3D graphic card, 120W speakers and bundled software including the Korean version of Windows 98, a word processor, a communications program and anti-virus software.
Even for multimedia applications, there was no humanly perceivable difference between a 20x and a 40x CD-ROM
drive, especially because multimedia CD-ROM databases were optimized for drives that represented the majority.
True, there are 32x and 40x CD-ROM
drives from reputable manufacturers for about $90-$ 120, but it makes no sense to buy such drives when you can have a second-generation DVD-ROM drive for about $150 that can read CD Audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-Video, and DVD-ROM discs.