I have recently bought two of these embarrassments to the Benq name (ok I’m exaggerating a little). I have firmware version 1.03 on both, and the problem I’m having with both drives is that the actual rip speeds are noticeably slower than read speeds judging from Transfer Rate Tests in Nero CD-DVD Speed.
For example, a rip of a 6.4GB pressed DL disc took 14:30 to rip using DVD Decrypter, with similar speeds ripping with DVD Shrink, either ripping in file mode or .ISO mode, with an average speed of 5.6x and a max of 7.8x. By comparison that same disc completes a TRT in 9:30 with an average of 9.06x and a max of 11.57x (running DVD43 in the background to bypass encryption)(I have a screen cap of the TRT, it’s smooth). Running DVD43 or AnyDVD in the background had no improvement on rip speed. There’s a similar discrepancy when ripping an unencrypted SL disc compared to a TRT, around 5 minutes vs. 7 1/2 minutes. The drive is currently the Secondary Slave drive, set to DMA 4. Used in an external USB 2.0 enclosure the behavior was the same. I’ve tried ripping to multiple different Hard Drives with no change. The previous drive (Benq 822) in the same setup ripped at ‘normal’ high speeds.
Maybe I’m overlooking something simple here, but I don’t know what the issue is here. WTF?