Let me start by saying my last 2 DVD burners were Lite-On drives. The LDW 811S, great drive I must say and the 1213S Crappola, can’t burn the same media as the 811S at 8X RICOHJPN01 rev 2.
My new Plextor drive right out of the box looked great updated the FW to 1.04, Its very solid and when the tray opened I barely heard it and very sterdy unlike the Lite-ON drives.
First I decrypted a movie and it did it in record speed for me, 11.9X.
I burned a TDK 4X RICOHJPN01 rev 2. at 8X with out a single issue
I tried to burn the disk that came with the drive at 12X and all the way up until the 3 gig area of the disk it was perfect then it went a little crazy and became unreadable. So far I would give this drive a perfect 10.
I don’t think the fact that my 12X failed is any fault of the drive I just don’t think there is a lot of media that can handle 12X yet.