Here is my summary; for these tests, I just used 8x media. Itâ€™s pointless to test less than 8x speed and now, the 16x is already available. Although I did manage to get some of the 8x branded media because some of them are not available at my local stores or only sell on spindles.
You will notice that most of the posted results are based on max. speed. The point is to test the performance of the hardware(the burner) and the media! From technical point of view; if you get the low error on PIPO result at max. burnt speed, it means the burner has good performance. Again itâ€™s pointless to use low speed for testing. If you want to go at low speed, then might as well get the lower speed burner at lower cost!
From the tested results, the best performance is BenQ. The BenQ DVD+R is likely tailored to BenQ burner(its OEM from Lite-On). Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s better performance than others. The Ritek is bad at this round, compared to TDK. TDK did better and both is made by Ricoh.
My Lite-On 1633Sâ€™s firmware is using â€œCodeguyâ€ â€˜s BS0H and no other tweak is added. I did compare with the Lite-On official release firmware BS0K when I flashed last weekends. â€œCodeguyâ€ â€˜s BS0H performed better. Not much, about 10% difference.(not very sure but will try again the BS0K) Still I prefer â€œCodeguyâ€â€™s firmware because itâ€™s better.