I just got a new 3540A drive from Newegg this past weekend. My friend copied me several stuff (His is Liteon 832S) that my NEC writer refused to read or read it really slow. Then I burned some stuff and noticed its not really burning any faster then my 4x OptoRite drive. This is all after I updated the firmware to 1.03. I have tried 2 different 8x Media, one that my friend gave me, its a Imation Media 8x you find at your local Wal-fart. Burn time 13 minutes and some odd seconds on 8x The other one came free with the 3540A http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817131034 This one is supposed to burn at 8x and I have the option to burn it at 8x, but burn time is around 13:00…almost the same as my old OptoRite drive.
Started to play around Plex Tools last night and ran some DVD Write test and they were really odd…i selected burn speed at 8x. It starts off at 4x, jumps to 6x around 1 Gig, and then to 8x around 2 gig…and then it goes up and down. Hmmm…I dont think its supposed to burn DVD-R at Z-CLV.
My brother bought Liteon 1693S last week too…I had to investigate so I bought his drive home with me. Plugged it in and reading all my friends cds. And ran Plex Tools DVD Write test with both drives, same media, 8x certified and look at this picture. http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/1613/nec2bu.jpg
I thought NEC 3540A Rocked and its getting stomped by LiteOn. Do I need to exchange NEC drive or just return it and buy LiteOn instead. I think either I have a bad drive or NEC is not as good as people think. Please advise.