Originally posted by eagleskys
I have one question with respect to a feature called Silent Mode. (...)So, from your testing is the drive noisy or is the noise level comparable low like the Plextor 40x ?
At 52x the drive is louder than the PX-W4012A, since it rotates at much higher speed. When set to 40x, it's more silent than PX-W4012A.
So you need to decide, what you want: depending on your SilentRec settings the drive can be virtually silent. You can influence writing speed, reading speed, access time and even the speed of the tray.