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Tuesday, February 12, 2002
PleXWriter PX-W4012A CD-RW

3. Data Tests

PleXWriter PX-W4012A IDE CDR-W- Page 3

Data Tests

- SCSI Mechanic v3.0x results

The AOpen CRW3248 is the definite winner at the SCSI Mechanic tests, since it has the highest performance of the competitor drives. The drive has an average of 5514Kb/s when reading pressed CDs, due to its increased 48x maximum reading speed. The CyberDrive CW058D follows with 5367Kb/s and PleXWriter PX-W4012A, LiteOn LTR-32123S, Mitsumi CR-480ATE and Philips PCRW3210 follow. At the random I/O tests, the LiteOn LTR-32123S holds the first position with 895Kb/s. AOpen CRW3248 follows with 889Kb/s, PleXWriter PX-W4012A comes third with 856Kb/s.

- Pressed CD results: (Click to see the CD Speed graph)

At the Nero CD Speed test, the AOpen CRW3248 drive keeps holding the first place with 37.71X average reading speed. CyberDrive CW058D follows with 36.83X, PleXWriter PX-W4012A comes third with 31.78X, LiteOn LTR-32123S is fourth with 31.64X, and Mitsumi CR-480ATE, and Philips PRCW3210 follow. Even if both AOpen and CyberDrive have 48x maximum reading speed; AOpen is faster due to its increased start/end speeds.

AOpen CRW3248 continues to perform very well and gives the lower random seek times. The drive has a 89ms random seek time, while LiteOn LTR-32123S comes second with 93ms. The rest of the drives (Plextor, Mitsumi, CyberDrive and Philips) gave seek times higher than 110ms.

- CDR Media: (Click to see the CD Speed graph)

All drives improved their reading performance when CD-R media were used. The AOpen CRW3248 continues to take the first place with 37.77X and CyberDrive CW058D follows with a very low performance gap (37.6X). The LiteOn LTR-32123S comes third with 32.18X, PleXWriter PX-W4012A forth with 31.59X, Mitsumi CR-480ATE fifth with 31.45X and Philips PCRW3210 comes last with 31.2X.

- HS-RW media: (Click to see the CD Speed graph)

For the RW tests we used the Ricoh HS-RW written at 10x. The AOpen CRW3248 is currently the faster drive when HS-RW media were used with a 38.42X average reading speed. PleXWriter PX-W4012A comes second with 31.59X, Mitsumi CR-480ATE gets the third position with 31.35X CyberDrive CW058D follows with 30.61X and LiteOn/Philips last with 25.93X/25.43X respectively:




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