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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Datawrite Media Tests

1. Introduction

Datawrite Media Tests - Page 1


Datawrite is undoubtedly one of the most widely recognized and respected brands in the field of optical media storage. Indeed, since its establishment in 1992 Datawrite has managed to exceed the market’s expectations by producing premium quality, affordable media. The global success that Datawrite has incurred is a testament to the record-breaking achievements of its official distributor E-Net Distribution, one of the largest brand management companies of blank media in the world.

E-Net, which is based in the UK, is constantly expanding and has recently opened E-Net FZCO in Dubai. This means that E-Net is now in a prime position to further its success by addressing territories in both the Middle East and North Africa. Through E-Net the brand Datawrite will continue to be at the cutting edge of data storage technology. In fact, it has recently introduced a new dvd-r 8x into the market that has set a precedent for all other discs to follow, codenamed Titanium. This disc is a follow up to the highly successful Datawrite Titanium CD-R that was launched in Europe several years ago. The Titanium dvd-r utilizes state of the art Mitsubishi dye used only on top tier brand names at a ground- breaking price, meaning that the compatibility and replication of data is second to none. Datawrite have been working with manufacturers for a new generation of 8X DVD-R which will most likely be based around the same dye/codes as the new Datawrite Titanium.

The culmination of quality and the infinite variety of products provided by Datawrite has given the consumer superb choice at the right price.

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

Media Code ID
Datawrite DVD-R 8X Printable CMC MAG AE1
Datawrite DVD-R 8X CMC MAG AE1
Datawrite DVD+R 8X MCC 003
Datawrite DVD+RW 4X PRODISC W02

For our recordings we used 24 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 1.14
BenQ DW1620 B7S9
Freecom FX-50 2.46
LG GSA-4120B A112
LG GSA-4163B A101
LiteOn SOHW-832S VS0E
LiteOn SOHW-1633S BS0R
NEC ND-2510A 2.17
NEC ND-3520A 1.04
Optorite DD0405 160E
Optorite DD1205 120E
Philips DVDRW1640P P2.5
Pioneer DVR-107 1.21
Pioneer DVR-108 1.18
Plextor PX-708A 1.08
Plextor PX-712A 1.05
Plextor PX-716A 1.02
Ricoh MP5316DA 2B9
Samsung TS-H552 TS05
Sony DRU-710A BYX2
Teac DV-W516GA B4S6
Toshiba SD-R5272 1031
Toshiba SD-R5372 TU53
Waitec Action 16 BSX1

- 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 ( v3.55).
  • 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. You can always read users' opinions and share you experiences with these media in our forum section.

- Testing software

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.55
  2. PlexTools v2.17
  3. Nero Burning Rom v6.6.0.3
  4. DVD Decrypter
  5. CopyToDVD

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

Test PC
CPU Intel P4 2.8Ghz 478 Prescott, 1024Kb cache 800FSB
RAM DDR 512/400Mhz
M/B Intel D865GBFL
HD Western Digital WD 1200JB 7200RPM 8MB cache

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