I picked up my first 8x DVD+R media, Memorex-branded Ritek R03 (reported as RITEK-R03-002 by DVD Identifier). This is because I just got the 3520A (to replace a 4X Pioneer 106). I burnt my "old" Ritek G04s fine with this new drive, at rated 4X. But the new media, which is labeled 8X, only burns at what I calculated to be ~6X, maybe even less. It takes about 10 minutes for a full DVD, which is way more than I expected.
Is there something wrong, or is this the way it's supposed to work? I understand ZCLV, but if it says 8X, it should somehow make up for it. This is BS, I have 8X media in an 8X-compatible burner, I select 8X in the burning software, and it burns at <6X.
Any solutions? Doesn't seem that I can overspeed this media. I run the 1.24 firmware.
P.S. Something very confusing, the media has the "RW" logo on it, and the Memorex packaging said something like "write-once RW media" - WTF is that supposed to mean? But what can you expect from a company who's motto is "Is it live or is it Memorex?"
P.P.S. Before you flame, I got the discs very cheap ($22 for 50) and I've had good experience with Ritek G04s - not 1 coaster because of media in 100+ burns. I was actually expecting CMC, secretly hoping I'd get lucky and get MCC I consider the Ritek to be in between (better than CMC, worse than MCC). But not being able to burn it at 8X is a prob.