16x -R - MCC 03RG20

For our first test, we used Verbatim 16x DVD-R media to test the high speed -R write capabilities of each drive.

16x -R - MCC 03RG20 Write

The GSA-4163B takes the lead as it writes a full disc in 316 seconds. Our winner from the last roundup, NEC, comes in at second place with its ND-3540A, writing the disc at 355 seconds. And last place goes to Toshiba's SD-R5372 as it writes a full 16x DVD-R disc in 447 seconds.

16x -R - MCC 03RG20 Read

As far as reading back the created data discs on each drive, BenQ's DW1640 reads back its disc the fastest, in 297 seconds, with the ND-3540A following closely behind at 300 seconds. The rest performed the task at above the 7min mark and the SD-R5372 couldn't even read back its disc.

16x -R - MCC 03RG20

It's not surprising that the SD-R5372 couldn't read its disc. It had 545,904 PI errors spread out across the disc. What is surprising is that the ND-3540A came in at the second fastest when reading back its disc while it had the second highest number of PI errors - 386,858 to be exact.

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

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  • g33k - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    Yup, it looks like you might be better off buying a last gen drive. It might take a while for the firmware updates that may improve these drives.

    From the looks of it, NEC and Pioneer are no longer the best drives. BenQ has that title now.
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  • Beenthere - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    Doesn't look like ANY of these drives are worth buying with so many errors.

    SOD, DD. Rushed to market CRAP !!!
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  • quadcity - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    "Special thanks to BenQ for supplying us with the DW1640."
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  • nutxo - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - link

    Where did they acquire a benq 1640? Reply

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