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Sunday, December 16, 2001
Acer CRW1208A CD-RW

4. DAE Tests

Acer CRW1208 IDE CDR-W - Page 4

DAE Tests

- Test Method:
We used CD DAE 99 v0.21 beta and EAC v0.9 prebeta 9 software in order to check the DAE performance of Acer 1208 with various AudioCDs. 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:
We used EAC v0.9 prebeta 9 to examine the drive's features. As the program reported, the drive doesn't "Caching" data or support "C2 Error Info", and supports "Accurate Stream".

- Pressed AudioCD results: (click here to see the graph)
The Acer CRW1208A supports only up 14x (max) average DAE speed. The competition is much faster and this must be an improvement point for Acer. Also notice that CD Speed reports that the drive hasn't got accurate stream, which however seems not applying with CDR media. We can assume that the:

- CDR AudioCD results: (click here to see the graph)
The Acer 1208 performed different with CDR media than with pressed CDs. The drive's DAE with CDR media seems locked at 8x (max) as our tests showed:

- Advanced DAE Quality:

As you can see all drives got 100 (perfect) score in the Advanced DAE Quality tests. The Ricoh MP7125A gave the faster reading speed in this test with (23.71x). The Advanced test confirmed that the drive supports reading of CD-Text and SubChannel data:

- Ripping 90 and 95mins AudioCDs
The Acer 1208 didn't recognized both our 90 or 99 media therefore we could test the drive's performance with the specific media.

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