When I am ripping an audio cd to a mp3pro at the highest quality (96) the rip rate never gets over 2.9x! Is this rate the max and is it determined by the speed of the CPU? I have an HP system running an ADM - K6 at 600 mhz.
Ripping is dependant on lots of things. Most of the time it's your reader. Look yours up here:
Your CPU, bus speed, etc. all effect ripping.