I've been looking for a hardware review of the new Plextor DVD-Rom drive for a while and couldn't find any. So I decided to buy the drive anyway. I chose this drive to replace my SCSI CD-Rom drive TEAC 532S and to help my slow DVD Rom drive Creative labs 6x with ripping. I can now get rid off the SCSI card for the CD-Rom drive was the last SCSI peripheral plugged in. The Creative drive is RPC1, zone-free if you prefer.
It's a pity that no major CD/DVD Recording sites publish DVD-Rom or CD-Rom drives reviews !
Please find here some infos and benchmarks (made with Nero CD Speed 1.02g) I could do until now. I did not finish all of my tests, this is just the beginning, so expect more results today or this week !
Pressed Audio CD :
My first tests show different behaviours depending the audio CD, therefore I propose you 3 benchmark results :
John'00'Fleming - For your ears only CD 1 (length : 80'02)
- Junkie XL - Broadcast from the computer hell cabin CD 2 (length : 73'12)
- Alanis Morissette - Supposed former infatuation Junkie (length : 71'10) :
I can't tell you why the results are so different, especially at the beginning of the CD, but what we can see for sure is that the drive is fast and reliable.
- CD-R Audio CD
I used The Ministry Of Sound - Annual 2000 CD 2 for this test. It was burned on an unknown computer CD Burner onto a TDK 80 min CDR.
As you can see, the same results as before can be expected.
- CDR Data
Pressed Data DVD
I used a Data DVD from the UK video games Magasine PC Gamer (issue april 2001)
Strange results altough no damaged sectors appear with a surface scan !
So I tested another Data DVD, a DVD Rom from the French video games magasine Joystick :
Here we almost reach the 16x. With any doubt, it can be possible with a higher capacity DVD.
This is a custom made DVD-R burned by a Sony DRU-500A DVD burned. The media is a Lead Data 2x DVD-R.
Sorry, I don't have any Data DVD+R nor any DVD-RW for the time being.
That's all for the time being !