Plextor 708A: First exclusive look at 8X DVD+Rby Kristopher Kubicki on September 12, 2003 11:11 PM EST
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SpecificationsBelow is a quick overview of specifications on the drive:
|Plextor 708A DVD-/+R Drive|
|CD Write Speed||40X, 32X, 24X (CAV)
16X, 12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
|CD Rewrite Speed||24X, 16X (CAV)
12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
|CD Read Speed||40X Max (CAV)|
|DVD-R Write Speed||4X, 2X, 1X (CLV)|
|DVD-RW Rewrite Speed||2X, 1X (CLV)|
|DVD+R Write Speed||8X (Z-CLV)
4X, 2X (CLV)
|DVD+RW Rewrite Speed||4X, 2.4X (CLV)|
|DVD Read Speed||12X Max (16,620KB/s) (CAV)|
|Supported Modes||DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / SAO 16 & 96
|Supported Formats||DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-R (DAO, incremental, seq)
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA,
CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
|Access Time||CD: 130ms
Specifications on the drive are quite impressive. Aside from 8X DVD+R, also note that the drive is capable of high speed 40X CD-R (something the Pioneer A06 severely lacks), DVD+RW 4X (again, something the A06 lacks), and 40X CD read. We were a little disappointed that the drive only came with 2MB of cache. Plextor made a name for themselves with 8MB buffers on their CDR drives. It’s a shame that they did not continue the tradition with the 708A.
In fact, just by looking at the stats, the only thing we are concerned with is the DVD access time, which seems a little high at 180ms. Remember, access times are typically “best time” specifications, so testing the device might yield much higher results. Also, for whatever reason, the website access times are much lower, claiming CD response times under 100ms and DVD response times under 130ms.
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At time of publication, we were stuck with the 1.00 BIOS. Plextor has been fairly good about regular BIOS updates on their other drives, so we expect a full line of continuing support.