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Thursday, November 11, 2004
Traxdata Media Tests

1. Introduction

Traxdata Media Tests - Page 1

Introduction

Traxdata is one of the leading brands in the data storage industry and is seen as the pioneer in the field of optical storage media. It is the premium brand of RITEK, the world's largest optical media manufacturer. The Traxdata product portfolio includes: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Flash Memory products, compatible ink cartridges and portable storage appliances. In Europe, Traxdata is distributed by Conrexx Technology B.V. / RITEK Europe.

Due to the growing popularity of Traxata media, we decided to test their DVD format media with several recorders, both the latest and older models, from different manufacturers.

The ID codes of the media we used for our tests are presented in the following table:

Media Code ID
DVD+R DL 2.4X RITEK D01
DVD+R 16X RITEK R04
DVD+R 8X RITEK R03
DVD-R 8X RITEK G05
DVD+RW 4X RICOHJPNW11
DVD-RW 4X RITEK W04

For our recordings we used 23 different drives. The models and their firmware revisions are summarized in the table below. At the time of the tests, the firmware versions used were the latest for each drive.

Recorder Firmware
Asus DRW-1604P 1.10
BenQ DW1620A B7L9
BTC DRW1108IM B129
LG GSA-4120B A111
LG GSA-4160B A302
LiteOn SOHW-812S USOQ
LiteOn SOHW-1633S BSOH
LiteOn SOHW-832S VSOB
Memorex D2 BWSE
NEC ND-2510A 2.16
NEC ND-3500A 2.17 / 2.18
Optorite DD0405 160E
Optorite DD1205 120E
Philips DVDRW1640P P2.2
Pioneer DVR-107 1.20
Pioneer DVR-108 1.14
Plextor PX-708A 1.08
Plextor PX-712A 1.05
Samsung TS-H552 TS04
Sony DRU-710A BY01
TDK 1616N 2.78
Teac DV-W512G T4S5
Toshiba SD-R5272 1031

- Test Method

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

  • The LiteON SOHD-167T with patched firmware being able to read DVD5 up to 16X CAV and DVD9 up to 10X CAV. For the transfer rate tests we used Nero CDSpeed ( v3.30).
  • The Plextor PX-712A with the latest available firmware ( v1.05). For scanning the disc, we used PlexTools 2.17 version at 2X CLV reading speed, BURST mode, with middle accuracy.

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements in the following pages should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

- Testing software

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.30
  2. PlexTools v2.17
  3. Nero Burning Rom v6.3.1.25
  4. DVD Decrypter 3.2.2.0
  5. CopyToDVD 3.0.32.54

More information about our test machine are included in the table below:

Test PC
CPU Intel P4 2.8Ghz Prescott, 1024Kb cache 800FSB
RAM DDR 512/400Mhz
M/B Intel D865GBFL
HD Western Digital WD 1200JB 7200RPM 8MB cache




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