Do I really need to flash my NEC 3500AG & 3520A DVD burners?

vbimport

#1

My first NEC 3500AG is my main CD/DVD-ROM which I use for watching movies, playing games. Never used firmware and it still has the original firmware from the factory 2.16 version. (1* Below are results of Nero cd/dvd speed test results).
My second drive NEC 3520A is my burning rom drive which I just got today and I will used-it to burn mp3’s, data backup and transfer VHS to DVD format using a transfer program. It still got the original version 1.04 firmware. (2* Results of Nero speed test are below).
My question is do I really need to upgrade my firmware? Is it really necessary? I am using HP 4.7GB dvd+r 8X media to burn DVD stuff. Burning sequence is really quick for me, I think. From the results of the Nero speed test I think 6X-8X speed is ok and quality burns are excellent and better than VHS. A 1GB small movie can be burn in about 5 to 6-minutes.

1*

Nero CD Speed Test results

General Information

Operating System Windows XP Professional
Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG
Firmware Version 2.16
Serial Number 4XI33******
Disc DVD+R
Capacity 1.02 GB

Transfer Rate

Start 6.56x
End 9.60x
Average 8.21x
Type CAV

Seek Times

Random 89 ms
1/3 109 ms
Full 184 ms

CPU Usage

1X 7 %
2X 13 %
4X 25 %
8X 44 %

Interface

Burst Rate 1901 KB/sec

Spin Up/Down Times

Spin Up Time 4.11 sec
Spin Down Time 2.41 sec

Load/Eject Times

Load Time 13.12 sec
Eject Time 1.77 sec
Recognition Time 0.04 sec

2*

Nero CD Speed Test results

General Information

Operating System Windows XP Professional
Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3520A
Firmware Version 1.04
Serial Number 517E6******
Disc DVD+R
Capacity 1.02 GB

Transfer Rate

Start 6.61x
End 9.64x
Average 8.25x
Type CAV

Seek Times

Random 86 ms
1/3 110 ms
Full 160 ms

CPU Usage

1X 8 %
2X 15 %
4X 28 %
8X 47 %

Interface

Burst Rate 1257 KB/sec

Spin Up/Down Times

Spin Up Time 2.30 sec
Spin Down Time 2.65 sec

Load/Eject Times

Load Time 12.84 sec
Eject Time 1.84 sec
Recognition Time 0.00 sec

My Operating System:

DELL XPS GAMING SERIES COMPUTER SYSTEM
P4 3.0GHz 800MHz fsb
1024MB PC3200 DDR
BFG 6800 GT OC 256MB AGP
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS
Turtle Beach PCI Capture card
DELL E172FP 17-inch LCD
Maxtor 160.0GB SATA
NEC 3500AG DVD-RW OEM & NEC 3520A DVD-RW OEM
Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
Turtle Beach Video Advantage PCI


#2

No, you do not need to flash your drives. Nobody is forcing you. If you want to know what the effect of flashing with new firmware is, read the forum. There are lots of topics explaining it.


#3

A 1GB small movie can be burn in about 5 to 6-minutes.

That seems a bit slow at 8x. Are you sure it is 8x and not 2.4x or 4x?


#4

Yo-

You may want to upgrade your firmwares to the latest versions - if only to be able to burn a wider variety of medias at a quality speed -

The 3500 is currently at an official 2.18 version and the 3520 is currently up to revision 5 of the 1.04 version (NEC appears to be revising quite often - probably to fix problems - even more reason to reflash to the current)-

Mike


#5

No, you do not NEED to. But as has been said, to increase compatibility with varous media and improve burn quality, you may find that flashing (to officially released firmware, of course :smiley: ) is a wise move.

I always flash my drives… I can’t help myself. I just have to meddle :bigsmile:

Legs


#6

Me too lol!