16x +R - Ritek R04

Here, we start to see that not all drives accepted Ritek media.

16x +R - Ritek R04 Write

Only 4 out of the 6 competitors could see the disc, let alone write to it. The DW1640 wrote to the disc the fastest in 349 seconds with Sony's DRU-720A following at second.

16x +R - Ritek R04 Read

Here, the DRU-720A could not even complete a read, which means the write wasn't as successful as we thought.

16x +R - Ritek R04

The number of PI errors is in the millions for the SD-R5372 and DVR-109D, more than 2.6 million for the latter.

We have created ZIP files of the screenshots that we have taken of the Nero CD-DVD Speed and PlexTools benchmarks. Feel free to click on the links below to download them.

BenQ DW1640
LG GSA-4163B
NEC ND-3540A
Pioneer DVR-109D
Sony DRU-720A
Toshiba SD-R5372

16x +R - MCC 004 4x -R DL - MKM 01RD30


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  • Quanticles - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    Sounds like things need to be standardized better if there are this many failures... any drive should work with any media as long as both the drive and the media are within spec. Reply
  • semo - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    i'm pretty certain that the benq dw1640 is better than the nec 3540a. maybe the 4550a will give the crown back to nec but the drive will cost a lot more since it will have lightscribe and the license for that must be expensive (there are no cheap lightscribe drives yet).

    the new plextor is a joke. the 740a is a exactly the same as the dw1640. even plextools do not work on the plextor 740a (even though it is a "plextor" drive and they are included in the retail package).

    i'm not sure if they've fixed it now but plextools don't work with the plextor 740a because of the above reason.
  • nserra - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    #27 LoneWolf15

    If recorder record crap media and read crap media = good recorder

    If recorder record crap media and don’t read crap media = bad recorder

    If recorder don’t record crap media and don’t read crap media = bad recorder

    50 DVD-R 8x Princo crap's same price of 25 DVD of other manufactures

    My NEC drive has difficulties reading Princo media, LG not a problem. Writing OK on both writers.
  • Miggle - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    I have the toshiba SD-R5372V. Its cheap but not a great writer. Pretty slow. But you'll be fine if you use good discs. Just bought the LG yesterday, a bit faster than toshiba drive and lets me overspec writes. Reply
  • Calin - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    "What no PRINCO media, useless review!"

    Interesting, as I use almost only PRINCO media now (however, I have some small DVD-R made by Memorex and I can't wait to use them for something... too bad I don't know yet what to use them for
  • Calin - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    xsilver (or #16), my DVD writer (LG 4160, capable of DVDRAM, Dual Layer and so on) can write some media with no problems at 4x (the max rated speed) but gives consistent failures at 2.4x (which is any lower speed). I find out that using the same media but rated at 4x (well, it looks just the same but have certified speeds 1-8x) can burn at 4x and 8x with no problems (I haven't tested that media at 2.4x). Reply
  • Dennis Travis - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - link

    Can't you people read? Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    funny they have no plextor in their review. Reply
  • USAF1 - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    You REALLY should have included a Plextor... ;) Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    AGAIN, for those of you wondering why we did not include the Plextor PX-716 drive, we simply could not get a unit in time. HOWEVER, we do hope to include a Plextor unit in the next roundup.



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