Supermediastore is also a very good chice, though I prefer Rima. Excelent chioce on the TY media, adn arguably a good chice on the Ritek. (I don’t personaly buy ANYTHING Ritek after receiving a bad 50 piece spindle my first time using their media.) You know, it’s the whole, “dog bites me once,” thing. Alot of people like Ritek media, but even of those, they generaly like TY better.
Have you downloaded CD/DVD Speed yet? Get that, and you can begin doing transfer rate tests. Here’s what a good one looks like:
Here’s one that I consider, “OK, but not perfect.” :
Here’s what one of marginal/poor quality looks like:
And this is what REAL bad looks like:
You’ll note a couple things. First off, these scans were actualy DVD media, but the CD’s look the same way. Secondly, I did have a problem with DMA settings in bios when I first set the drive up, (the bios is a bit unusual in this motherboard because of how many different chipsets it uses), and was running, in effect, in the wrong mode. You’ll notice on the last scan that’s failed, the part that WAS reading capped at about 10.5 X. That’s evedance of improperly set up DMA mode. Here’s another one that completed the scan but was also limited by not using DMA mode:
Now, knowing what you’re looking at, you should be able to do a few scans yourself. You’ll also notice that the boxes for seek times and CPU useage have no values in them. This is because generaly, I ONLY do the transfer rate test, not the others. (Pull down the “tests,” menu and you’ll see the option to just run transfer rate under there.)
Welcome to the wonderful wide world of being a CD-Freak!