[QUOTE=Dee;2413909]The statement that 22x - 24x is a gimmick should have probably started with the advent of 20x writers, but was somehow overlooked because i guess that most of us were caught up in the technology required to burn at this speed.
[B]But why 20x?[/B]
At 20x writing speed an important milestone was reached and it has never been taken advantage of.
To burn a disc at 20x or faster, the rotational speed of the drive is enough to start the burn speed at 8x. Now suddenly there is an opportunity to have a true 8x burn speed (8x CLV). There is also an opportunity to burn at 12x and 16x using a fast 12x/16x P-CAV writing strategy, starting the burn at 8x instead of around 6x.
That could have been implemented for all media that was able to burn at these speeds, rather than just 1 DVD+R and 1 DVD-R, and drastically cut the writing time at 12x and 16x, not to mention a drastic cut in the time taken to burn a media at 8x with an 8x CLV writing strategy.
This for sure would give better results than burning at 24x.
Now let’s look at the technology required to burn at 20x and above.
Each speed hike perhaps requires a new spindle and motor, a new chipset, and possibly a new laser. All for just two media.
That technology would have been better served to all customers if they implemented a fast P-CAV writing strategy for all 12x and 16x burns, and an 8x CLV writing strategy for 8x. It hasn’t been done, and that is why i say that 20x, 22x, and now 24x is just a gimmick, because they could have done a lot more as explained above, but only done enough to put a 20x, 22x or 24x sticker on the box.[/QUOTE]