RW8080A- Page 1
now, we have tested various portable CD-R/RW drives. These drives, except from
their obvious advantage- portability- against the internal brothers, come with
an attractive design, small dimensions and weight, high compatibility and sometimes
not easily ignored performance. This time we have in our labs another portable
CD-R/RW drive by CyQ've. The "CyQ've RW8080A" is an 8/4/24 portable
drive that supports both USB and FireWire interfaces, and optimistically comes
to gain a part in the portable drive market. We will test the drive's performance,
and compare it with two other category drives, PleXWriter PX-S88TU and TEAC
- The package
RW8080A was provided by MET
Technology Co.,Ltd. The retail package includes the CyQ've RW8080A drive,
a PCMCA card bus and a USB (4x4x6) cable. The attached recording software is
Nero Burning-Rom. Although the drive supports the FireWire interface, there
was no FireWire cable in the retail package.
In the right picture you can see the CyQ've FireWire adapter with three FireWire
connectors, that allow multiple serial FireWire device connection. For our tests,
we connected the drive through the FireWire interface, in order to test its
full capabilities (8x4x24).
The drive has a gray external color, with the "CyQ've" logo in the
middle of the top side. On the right-top side there is an operation red led.
The tray is front-open and is not fully extended as you press the eject button,
you will have to pull it out and push it back inside when you load o CD. Its
exact dimensions are 137mm x 23mm x 162mm (WxHxD). On the bottom side of the
drive, there is the CyQ've label.
The picture below is the drive's front side (tray). There is the eject button,
a reading/writing green led and the emergency eject button.
On the back of the drive you can find a line out connector, the data output
connector, the on/off switch and the power connector. The drive is powered with
DC5V, 2A, which means that you have to use an AC/DC adapter in order to power
it up from your home AC power connector.
The drive mainly has the following specifications: 8x writing, 4x rewriting
and 24x reading, 2MB Buffer, USB 1.1 /FireWire compatible. When the drive is
connected via a USB 1.1 interface its writing/reading capabilities are limited
to 4x writing, 4x rewriting and 6x reading. The drive does support both 12cm
and 8cm CDs and has 150ms access time according to the specifications.
drive was installed through the FireWire interface. You can also install it
through USB 1.1/PCMCIA interfaces, but with a lower reading/writing performance
(4/4/6 - 8/4/12).
CyQ've RW8080A was identified as "CD-R/RW RW8080A" inside the OS
system. As Nero 188.8.131.52 reports it supports 8x writing, CD-Text, overburning
but no buffer underrun protection.
- PC Setup
Intel P3 866@950
QDI Synactix 2EP
128MB SDRAM PC133
Adaptec 3100LP USB 2.0 card
Adaptec's USB 2.0 v1.0 drivers
WinMECyQ've RW8080A firmware v1.1
TEAC CD-R/W 280PU firmware v1.1A
PleXWriter PX-S88TU firmware v1.02 #TLA 102
2. Data Tests
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- SCSI Mechanic v3.0x: This was used to compare the drive's I/O
performance against other various CDR-W drives (see charts). We used a pressed
CD containing PlexTools v1.08 for all tests.
- Nero CD Speed v0.84b was also used to check the drive's performance
with pressed CDs. For that test, we also used the PlexTools v1.08 pressed CD.
- SCSI Mechanic v3.0x results
CyQ've RW8080A did not perform very well in the SCSI Mechanic test. In both
Random and Sequential tests, the drive takes the third position behind PlexWriter
PX-S88TU and Teac CD-W280PU. In the same sector reading test, things are tougher
for the CyQ've drive, since it gave just a 968 Kb/s result.
- Nero CD Speed v0.84 results: (CyQ've
RW8080A CD Speed graphs)
Using Nero CD Speed 0.84, we confirmed the SCSI Mechanic results. PleXWriter
PX-S88TU and TEAC CD-RW280PU are faster than CyQ've RW8080A. CyQ've RW8080A
starts reading at 10.86X, in faster speed than Teac, but fails to end up at
a compatible to the other drive's speed. As a result, the drive takes the third
position with a 16,8X average speed performance.
In the Random seek test, CyQ've RW8080A is faster than the Plextor drive.
TEAC models usually have the lowest seek times, and from our tests this was
confirmed once again.
- PSX Pressed Media
For this test we used the PSX game 'NBA Jam Extreme' and we ripped the image
to HD with CloneCD. We measured the reading times for both tested drives. Plextor
is the winner here with only 122secs, while the TEAC needs 28 more seconds to
complete the image. CyQ've RW8080A is slower again with 172 sec for the whole
- CDR Media: (CyQ've
RW8080A CD Speed graphs)
With CDR media, all the drives performed better than with the pressed test
disc. The PleXWriter still holds the first place, with 18.53X while Teac and
CyQ've follow with 18,39X and 16.92X, respectively. CyQ've RW8080A does not
manage to reach a high enough speed in the end, so its average speed is limited
3. RW/CloneCD Tests
RW reading tests
- Nero CD Speed v0.84 Test: (CyQ've
RW8080A CD Speed graphs)
For the RW tests, we used TDK's HS-RW media. Especially
for CyQ've RW8080A, we used a 2x-4x CD-RW by Plextor, since the drive does not
support writing of HS-RW media. The TEAC CD-RW280PU has its reading speed locked
to 8x (CLV) with HS-RW media, while PleXWriter goes from 7X-10X and is actually
slower. CyQ've RW8080A gets the first place with 10.49X, and finished the reading
CloneCD Reading Tests
We used CloneCD (v184.108.40.206) and 5 original CDs - Euro 2000 (SafeDisc 1), No
One Lives For Ever (SafeDisc 2), Rally Masters (LaserLock 1), Desperados (LaserLock
2) and V-Rally 2 Expert (SecuROM 2) - in order to test the reading performance
of CyQ've RW8080A . We also tested its reading performance with backups of the
original CDs, since the reading speed varies between the original and the backup
media. The following pictures show reading/writing capabilities of the drive.
The drive is not compatible with RAW-DAO mode and also does not support any
anti-coaster technology. As you will see in the following CloneCD tests, the
produced backups by CyQ've RW8080A did not play in any drive we tested.
- SafeDisc 1/2 Results
PleXWriter PX-S88TU is a great performer with SD1 protected CDs.
The drive needs only 3.3mins to finish the task and skips errors very fast.
TEAC CD-RW280PU skips errors very slowly and needs 48mins to end the task. CyQ've
RW8080A takes the second place, but the produced backup cannot be used.
With SafeDisc v2.0 protected CDs, the PleXWriter PXS88TU
showed a strange behavior. With our normal test disc (NOLF), the drive needed
over one hour to make the image. The bad news was that the drive kept reporting
bad sectors than the actual ones (which ended at 10041). We made another test
with "Max Payne" original CD, and this time the drive needed only 4mins to make
the image but again reported more bad sectors than the actual ones. With backup
CD, the drive didn't show any problem. The TEAC CD-RW280PU continues to skip
error slowly and needs 45mins to end the task. CyQ've RW8080A needed 19:22:00
- LaserLock 1/2 Results
In the LaserLock protected CDs test, the TEAC CD-RW280PU is faster
than the PleXWriter, at least with the original CD. With the backup CD, the
PleXWriter easily outperforms the TEAC. CyQ've RW8080A seems to be a faster
reader than Teac, but the produced backup does not work, as mentioned before.
Remember that LaserLock errors are very hard for any drive to skip.
With LaserLock 2 protected CDs, the TEAC seems faster, again with the original
CD. CyQ've RW8080A gave the second best performance. PleXWriter gets a revenge
and ends first with the backup CD.
- SecuROM Results
CyQ've RW8080A ended the task fast but the backup does not work in the most
readers. TEAC CD-RW280PU is a lot faster than PleXWriter with both pressed/backup
4. DAE Tests
- Test Method
We used CD DAE 99 v0.21 beta and EAC v0.9 prebeta 11 software in
order to check the DAE performance of both drives with various AudioCDs (both
pressed and CDR). The posted DAE results are the average of both applications,
but the CPU usage was only taken from CD DAE 99, since EAC occupies the system
a lot more. As a last note, we used the "BURST" reading mode of EAC. We made
a full CD Rip starting from the first to the last track of the CD. The Average
DAE reported speed along with the CPU Usage is displayed in the test graphs.
- DAE features:
As the EAC v0.9 prebeta 11 reported, CyQ've RW8080A doesn't do "Caching"
of data, supports "Accurate Stream" and no "C2 Error info".
- Pressed AudioCD results: (CyQ've
RW8080A CD Speed graphs)
The PleXWriter PX-S88TU supports up to 24x (CAV) DAE with both pressed
and CDR media. CyQ've RW8080A follows with an 9.7X average DAE speed. As for
TEAC CD-RW280PU, the DAE speed is locked at 8x (CLV), and therefore it cannot
really compete against the other drives:
- CDR AudioCD Results: (CyQ've
RW8080A CD Speed graphs)
CyQ've RW8080A and the other drives performed with CDR media as
with pressed CDs:
- EAC Secure Extract Ripping mode
EAC's secure extract ripping mode test ensures the maximum produced
WAV quality. Note that for each drive we used the build-in detection function:
Average DAE Speed (X)
TEAC CD-RW280PU was much faster than the other drives, mainly because
it doesn't support "caching" of data. During the DAE process EAC reported many
sync errors, however the final CRC for all tracks were OK. CyQ've RW8080A and
PleXWriter keep their speed under 3X.
- Advanced DAE Quality
All drives performed excellently in the Nero CD Speed Advanced DAE
quality test. They produced 0 data/sync errors and got a perfect score (100).
CyQ've RW8080A gave the second best performance with 9.9X average speed.
- Bad CDR Media results
Despite the fact that Nero CD Speed Advanced DAE test stretches
a drive's mechanism to the max, we decided to do real life tests with a scratched
disc. The disc was dirty, and with some light scratches, enough to cause problems
to most of the tested drives. We used CD DAE 99 software to rip the whole disc
(756539616 sectors) and the results were very interesting:
Average Speed (X)
Errors Of Total Disc (%)
CyQ've RW8080A is not the best reader, since it produced too many
- Ripping 90 and 99min CDs
We inserted a 90min CD in the CyQ've RW8080A and ran the CDSpeed test. The
drive gave a reading error at 88:00:00. As for the 99min media, they are not
even recognized by the drive.
5. CDR Tests
PlexWriter and Teac drives support 8x (CLV) writing with USB 2.0 interface.
When connected to USB 1.1 the writing speed drops at 4x (CLV). In addition,
both drives support anti-buffer underrun technologies - TEAC supports "JustLink",
and PleXWriter "BURN-Proof". CyQ've RW8080A does not support any anti-coaster
technology, but the supported 2MB buffer memory seemed enough to keep us away
from coasters. We tested all the drives with Nero v220.127.116.11, CloneCD v18.104.22.168
and Padus DJ v3.50.799 software. For the CDR tests we used: Creation 74min (12x),
Taiyo Yuden 74 & 80min (24x), Mitsui 74min (24 & 16x) and Verbatim/TDK
74min HS-RW media.
- CD-R Tests
We created an 74mins "DataCD" job . We burned the same job with all drives,
using the same media:
TEAC CD-RW280PU was faster than CyQ've RW8080A and PleXWriter PX-S88TU with
all tested media. TEAC needs 598min to finish the task, while CyQ've RW8080A
needs just 4 extra seconds. The CPU Usage is very low for all the recorders!
CyQ've RW8080A needed the lowest CPU %, mostly because of the use of FireWire
- 80min CDs
Following the same procedure as in the previous test, we created a DataCD with
data lower than 80min (79:49:50). CyQ've RW8080A and TEAC don't support overburning
and we used the same media for all burns. TEAC CD-RW280PU only 1 sec faster
than CyQ've RW8080A! CyQ've RW8080A also occupied less CPU than the other drives
for this task.
- Writing Quality Tests:
We used low quality media written at 8x, with both drives. The results are
posted in the following table:
* Creation 74min 12x
Creation 74min - 12x - serial: 1B-11401-15:49
ATIP: 97m 27s 19f
Disc Manufacturer: Plasmon Data Systems, Ltd.
Assumed Dye type: Phthalocyanine (Type 9)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Nominal Capacity: 654.49MB (74m 30s 00f / LBA: 335100)
Disc subtype: Medium Type B, low Beta category (B-)
Target writing power: 5
8x writing speed
Average Burning Time (secs)
Here we have a new winner here,CyQ've RW8080A produced the lowest C1 error
rate (2.1 cps). As for the recording speed, Teac finished recording faster than
the other drives but gave produced more C1 errors. CyQ've RW8080A also gave
a compatible (607 sec) burning time. The following graphs come from the Creation
74min 12x media:
- Overburning Tests
CyQ've RW8080A does support overburning up only to 82mins.
- CD-Text Results
We created several AudioCDs with CD-Text enabled. Both drives can write/read
CD-Text without any problems.
- CloneCD Tests
CloneCD v22.214.171.124 reports that CyQ've RW8080A supports only SAO-RAW+ SUB writing
mode. According to our tests, the drive cannot backup any protected titles,
even when using compatible RAW SAO+SUB mode. All produced backups (even of SD1)
- SD2 Support
For the SD2 tests we used the "No One Lives For Ever", "Emperor Battle for
Dune" and "Max Payne" CD titles. We used CyQ've RW8080A as reader/writer. The
produced backups didn't play in the same or other drives. Therefore the drive
cannot produce SD2 working backups.
- 8cm mini CDs
CyQ've RW8080A support reading/writing to 8cm CDs. We are not so sure if business
cards are supported.
- Buffer Underrun tests
CyQ've RW8080A does not support any anti-coaster technology, so you
'd better avoid to run any "heavy" applications while burning a CDR.
6. RW/Packet Writing Tests
RW Writing Tests
We used Nero 126.96.36.199 for writing CDs in maximum RW writing speed (8X) for
Plextor and Teac drives. For the CyQ've RW8080A, we used a Plextor CD-RW 2x-4x,
since the drive does not support HS-RW media.
The CyQ've RW8080A drive has the biggest re-writing time due to its limited
re-writing speed (4x). The erase time is around 2minutes and the CPU usage is
- Packet Writing Tests
We used Ahead InCD v2.26 for all Packet Writing tests. For the Teac and Plextor
drives, we used TDK HS-RW media and we formatted it. The formatted disc revealed
530mbs of free space. We copied a 403 MB file (403.147 kbs) from a Hard Disk
(on the same PC as the writers) to the formatted RW media-using explorer (we
dragged and dropped) and we completed the test twice to eliminate possible time
measurement faults and user errors. In order to test the CyQ've RW8080A, we
used 4x CD-RW media.
As it was expected, CyQ've RW8080A gave less than the half of the writing
speed the other drives had given, due to the low rewritable speed supported.
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- 8x writing
- Elegant design
- Supports USB 1.1/FireWire interfaces
- Low access times
- Very good writing quality
-Good writing times
- Good DAE speed
-Supports 8cm CDs
- Supports CD-Text (reading/writing)
- Supports overburning (up to 82mins)
- Low CPU Usage while operating
- Very good retail package
- Low noise/heat during operation
--No anti-coaster technology support
Competition has faster reading speed
- Limited re-writing speed (4x)
- No DAO-RAW support
- Does not recognize 90min/99min media
-Low PSX ripping performance
- Low DAE quality with scratched CDs
- FireWire cable is extra
The highs and the lows.. CyQ've RW8080A has it both. The support of dual USB1.1
/FireWire interface(s) gives user the chance to choose and plug-&-play compatibility.
The low CPU usage is also positive, among with the very good writing quality
even in low quality media. The writing times are not high for the 8x supported
As for the demanding users, they will possibly think twice before
buying the drive. The RAW-DAO support is missing, as well as the HS-RW writing
performance. The reading performance is not the best concerning the speed and
the quality as well. Anti-coaster technology should be adopted by CyQ've to
obtain smooth recordings, since we did show some problems when we pushed the
PC while writing. Maybe the drive had better luck if the strong competition
from Plextor and TEAC wans't present. The PlexWriter PXS88TU/TEAC CD280PU are
better drives with many features that CyQ've RW8080A doens't support. The price
tag could be the strongest motive for the end user but since the time this article
was written wasn't known to us...