Originally posted by pchilson
I will stick to +R until the -R strategies improve.
I doubt that they will. That media was never meant to be burned greater than 4x, so LiteOn will probably spend no time trying to optimize the 8x strat for it.
Based on what I see here (with that cliff at 8x) and also on the recent positive results with Ricoh R01@R02 and Ritek R01@R03, I've come to the conclusion that using speedhacking to increase burning speed is a really crude way of doing things--it's probably best if it's also accompanied by some refinement of the writing strat to support the higher speeds (which is what Herrie has been doing for the NEC... unfortunately, this is a very time-consuming and media-expensive task, which is why it hasn't been done very much for LiteOn drives and why >NIL: doesn't do it for the Pioneer drives).
So it looks like that right now, the success of speedhacking is dependent on a combination of the disc quality and how lucky we when we force a write strat not designed for 8x to be used at 8x. In the case of the Ricohs, that worked great (but could still be improved upon to get even better results, as we saw), and here, it didn't really work at all--in certain cases, the strat is playing a much bigger role in deciding success than the disc itself.