Hello my fellow CD Freaks,
a friend of mine wanted to get a new DVD burner with decent writing quality and Nero CD/DVD Speed scanning ability and asked for my recommendation.
I told him that the BenQ DW1655 would be a good choice at a decent price and could manage all tasks he expected from a drive.
We then went out and bought a bulk version of the 1655. Looking at the unit, I was wondering why the typical BenQ bezel was missing (the drive looks more like a NEC with a rather square eject button) and no BenQ logo on it (which might just be some OEM design I don’t worry about). We then flashed the latest firmware (BCDB) and the drive was properly recognized in UDMA4 mode.
What really makes me wonder is why this drive shows some strange (but somewhat regular) speeddown during DVD scanning. Roughly every 125 MB, the drive will spin down (speed drops to ~ 0,5x) and spin up again, continuing the scanning process. This wouldn’t be a problem if the scanning time wouldn’t be extended to 11:30 minutes @ 8x. The pure read test (benchmark) in Nero works without any problems at all.
I have seen the same behaviour by some (but not all) users that are posting in the “BenQ 1655 SL Quality” thread and I am wondering why some drives do not show that behaviour.
Motherboard is an nForce2 with M$ drivers, drive is connected via 80-conductor IDE cable as secondary master.
Any ideas ?
Edit: Nero CD Speed version is 4.11, Nero version is 22.214.171.124