I’ve had a Lite-on LTD-163D for several months now and the performance has been nothing short of what I expected. I’m not a demanding person so other than normal CD-ROM duties it doesn’t see much DVD use as I prefer to use my A/V system for that purpose.
I noticed a few posts where the drive seem to be having problems attaining rated speed and ran some tests myself using Nero CD Speed and nero DVD Speed. The tests were done with rented Region 1 media and also with the original GHR3 firmware as well as the GHR5 firmware. The drive barely got past 8X and had an average speed of slightly over 6X in the tests. The SiSoftware Sandra System Summary module defines the drive as LITEON DVD-ROM LTD 163D (CD 48x Rd)(DVD 6x Rd).
Posts at http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=51670&highlight=GHR3 and also at http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=51240&highlight=GHR3 seem to raise the same concerns. It appears inconclusive as whether an explanation was ever offered. Is this performance normal for this drive? Does the media used (Dual Layers) dictate warranty that performance?
I thought I would throw this out in the forum for some thoughts and inputs. I would obviously also be interested in comments from LTD-163D owners.
All comments and input are welcomed.