Many burning applications give you the choice “MAX” or something similar in their speed setting option box.
Now is it right to assume that when I choose MAX the drive uses the “best+fastest” (in that order) write strategy instead of the “fastest” it supports for that medium?
For instance I have SONY D11 discs (8x DVD+R) here and according to MediaCodeSpeedEdit my firmware supports 12x, 8x, and 4x writing for it.
Out of the several writing strategies that are listed, is there an optimum one hardcoded into the firmware? I always thought so…
Anyway let’s just assume that this is the case and that 8x writing will be the optimum choice hardcoded into the firmware for the D11s. So when I choose MAX in my burning app (ImgBurn btw) the drive will automatically choose the optimum write strategy 8x and not 12x (which would be the MAX writing speed actually supported by this firmware/drive).
So is my way of thinking (MAX == fw default/best/optimum) correct or does it work totally different?
I mean how do I know what speed to burn a medium is best in the first place? I can’t even see it in a program like MediaCodeSpeedEdit which one of the speeds gives to best results (I ask again, is the best one also coded into the fw?).
But a user who doesn’t even has such a program simply uses the speed that is written on the medium or MAX. But for instance when I choose 16x in the burning app for a 16x medium while my writer only supports writing upto 12x for this medium I think the writer will be forced to use 16x anyway which will probably result in a coaster, right?
Can someone enlighten me on this matter please?