My Optiarc AD-7173 using 18x burning = Coaster factory
This is true for all DVD media I have tried media except Taiyo Yuden 16x DVDÂ±R media (Plextor branded), and that includes MCC 004, YUDEN000 T02, TTH02, SonyD21, Sony16D1, CMC MAG. AM3.
Well, to be honest, there are some drives that will read the MCC 004 burned at 18x in my Optiarc 7173, but most drives won’t.
If your drive suddenly stops working as well as you’d like it to, it isn’t because I secretely replaced it during the night with my own 7173 - honestly, it wasn’t me!
I burn mostly at 8x which is fast enough for me and which is best for most 8x and 16x rated media in my drives, and it’s almost always better than 12x burning when jitter is considered and when multiple scans are taken into consideration, but for some drives and media I burn at 6x instead which is CLV in some drives (e.g. Plextor PX-712) and which can improve the PIE/PIF/Jitter even further than burning at 8x, and in my laptop burner it’s not advisable to burn at 8x so I burn at 6x.
I more or less only burn faster than 8x when I’m testing stuff - and of curse when I’m burning CD-R(W) media.