Well, I've just received my 3520 from Newegg today. I upgraded from my Pioneer 106. I justified my purchase of the 3520 due to the fact that i'm burning movies all the time. I thought purchasing a 16x burner would save me a whole bunch of time on the ripping/burning. However, I feel like i'm not really saving time @ all. I put in a bit of research thinking of which drive I was going to go with and I narrowed it down to either the NEC 3520 or BENQ 1620. In the end, I went the NEC route because of it's increased support of dvd-r's ( I like -R's because I burn a lot of PS2 and more dvd players seem to accept the -R format.)
Now that i've installed the burner, I realize the ripping speed is TERRIBLY slow. Maybe even slower than my Pio 106. When I ripped with the PIO, which is labeled a 4x burner, i seemed to always go @ 4x. NOw with this 16x, I seem to rip @ the same speed. IN DVD Decrypter, it starts off fat a crawl @ 2x then about 30 percent it's up to around 4x and just sits there. Is everybody's NEC like that? Why is this thing so slow @ reading?? Did I install this thing incorrectly? Are there any special instructions I should know? Also, is there a chance that a new FW upgrade will help? I'm thoroughly disappointed and I hope that you guys can help me out. Cause if not, I may have to just go out and get myself a BENQ. Or anything with a better rip speed.