where did you hear that from? that can't be I think I might have to RMA my drive I had a friend test the rip speed of his PX-708 that he just installed a few days ago and he was getting 6000-8000kb/s
Read the FAQ in this Plextor forum
[b]Here is what it says in FAQ:
Q My Plextor PX-708A drive only reads DVD-Video discs at 2x! Can't I make it go any faster than that?
A Yes, you can 'unlock' the drive by making sure the drive is empty and closed. Then press and hold the drive's eject button for about three second until the drive's LED flashes green three times. Release the eject button so that the drive's tray will open. Now insert a DVD-Video disc and voila the drive reads faster. When you eject the disc or when you cut the drive's power, the PX-708A will be reset to 2x reading again.
Q I know that the Plextor PX-708A can be 'unlocked' (see previous question) so that it can read DVD-Video discs at 8x or 12x. But my drive can only reads at 3x no matter what I try! I am using an Abit Max3 motherboard.
A goblin1: I noticed that my unlocked Plextor 8x DVD burner was underperforming on DVD rips. Was not exactly sure why. Windows showed it to be set up as UDMA2 and the raptor SATA as UDMA5. It seems that with one drive connected to the ICH5 it shares with the standard EIDE ports. Originally I had DVD on IDE controller 2 as Master and the SATA raptor plugged into the ICH5. Above is where the drives were in windows. I then unplugged the DVD from the MB IDE controller 1 and plugged it into IDE controller 2. Since I switched my Plextor to another IDE controller the rip speeds are awsome! [/b]
As I've suggested if you want faster ripping speeds get a DVD-ROM for that task. If you insist on RMA your Plextor drive be prepared to do a SELF DIAGNOSTIC-TEST with the drive. Tech support may ask you to do it before getting a RMA number to return the drive. Just because the drive doesn't rip beyond 2x the speed is silly to want to RMA the drive. That of course is just my opinion.