40x CD Writer Shootout - PAGE 1

- Monday, July 29th, 2002 Like Share






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Mosplantje Oct 12, 02
quote Wei
I don't understand why it takes 6'30mins to erase a full cd-rw with all these burners...it taks my "little" LG 12x8x32x just over 50 SECONDS to erase a complete RW-CD...
That's probably because you do a quick erase, it only removes the TOC, not the entire contents of the cd. Erasing an entire cdrw will for sure take longer than 50 seconds with your burner.
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Wei Sep 17, 02
I don't understand why it takes 6'30mins to erase a full cd-rw with all these burners...it taks my "little" LG 12x8x32x just over 50 SECONDS to erase a complete RW-CD...
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Picoz Aug 5, 02
I wish you'd give more detailed info (like CDRInfo) on the burn capabilities of the drives you review, e.g. how well do these copy protected cds, burn music downloads, which
media do they 'prefer', etc. In fact, CDRInfo needs a little competition. Others (yourselves) might replicate their findings or you might not and have a good explanation why. It's a burner-buyer's jungle out there and while cheapies seem to do a reasonable job of simple tasks, e.g. backing HD data, they suddenly turn to cheese when asked to perform intensive routines (backups of copy-protected CDs.) I'm wondering, too..what's the story with the move towards tiny 2MB buffers with buffer underrun (whichever type)? Plextor and others insist on 4MB - some manufacturers, 8MB (e.g. Teac (+ BurnProof) and until recently AOpen (plus JustLink).) I've read it's 'balanced technology.' Yet the 2MB drives are mainly cheap. Is the real reason market share, not true quality? A good example - the 3248 2MB Aopen. Useless (though their more expensive, now redundant 8MB was OK.)
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Ether Jul 30, 02
We weren't really trying to compare Z-CLV to Z-CLV, though I guess the first portion of the article gave that impression, and I really didn't know that the newest firmware supported P-CAV/Mt.Rainier.

I think the CDInfo vs. CD-Speed firmware discrepancy is a goof up. We made the CD-Info screenshot before we did testing. All testing was done on the latest firmware though. The Lite-On is damn fast.
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Porch Song Jul 29, 02
First off, re-check you Liteon test. On your Liteon Page, under the Nero Info Tool shot, the firmware is ZS04 which is Z-CLV writing and no Mt. Rainier support. But on the CD Speed screenie (the very next screenie, the firmware has been upgraded to ZS0K which is P-CAV writing and has Mt. Rainier support.

The reason I mention this is if you are trying to do a Z-CLV comparrison, then using the ZS0K is not fair, as it is in P-CAV format and will write faster across the spread on a large burn.

But, this should not change your results as the Liteon is faster than all the other dirves for the most part anyway with all the other ZSxx firmwares. Not to mention that the Liteon will make backups of any protected CD out there. Whereas the Plextor can not do Safe Disk v2.51 without using software tricks (i.e. "amplify weak sectors" ala Clone CD or Blindwrite).
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