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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  • IceWindius - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    Wheres the damn Plextor 716A in the review???? Thats like blasphemy! Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

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

  • DrZoidberg - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    Just imagine if these drives tried to burn generic media. The PI errors would be in the millions and half the drives cannot read the discs then.

    Anyway burning 8x dvd is like 8 mins now so its fairly quick, just watch tv drink a beer and your done. Prefer a few more mins and half the number of PI errors anyway
  • USAF1 - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    I agree with the lynch mob above that the drives should be tested with a wider variety of media before crowning a winner. Also, the thing that I found most disturbing about the review is that it contradicts the recommendation made in the July 2005 storage guide from two days ago. I suppose the 1640 isn't yet available in the US and thus wasn't an option in the storage guide or maybe Anandtech hadn't yet received the 1640 to test. However, if I'd listened to the quote below from the storage guide and went ahead and bought an NEC 3540, I'd certainly be upset to see it perform poorly relative to a competing drive two days later. I guess that's the price you pay to be on the cutting edge...

    "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the best DVD burner these days; NEC's 3540A"
  • USAF1 - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

  • timmiser - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    I would like to have seen tests of how well a burned DVD would work in a DVD player? I regularly produce DVD's and to mass burning processes but reliability in set top DVD player is my highest priority.

  • RMSe17 - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    How come Plextor 716 wasn't part of the reviewed drives? Isn't it supposed to be one of the best?
  • LoneWolf15 - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    #20, I hope your reply was a joke, seeing as that's what Princo media generally is --a joke. It's cheap crap, and a major rule of DVD burning is that if you use crap media, you'll get crap results. Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    We do miss Plextor drives and will definitely include the new 16x unit in our next roundup. We have been using PlexTools for a while now and the only drive that will work with the software is a Plextor drive. Maybe its time we update our Plextor unit though :).

    As far as media testing goes, we chose MCC/MKM and Ritek media because of their track record with us. However, nothing is set in stone and we would be happy to hear any suggestions for future reviews.


  • Dennis Travis - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    I loved the review. Only thing I would like to eventually see is the latest Plextor 16X drive tested so I can compair it to the other new drives. Reply

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