Round-up - Page 3
RW reading tests
- Nero CD Speed 99 v0.83 Test:
For the RW tests, we used TDK's HS-RW media. All tested drives have a maximum
of 24X reading speed, so the performance is way better from what we are used
to with CD-RW drives. The AOpen 1648 is the fastest drive in this test and both
the other two contestants are struggling really hard to keep up:
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
time of our DVD-ROMs. We also tested their reading performances with backups
of the original CDs, since reading speeds vary between original and backup media.
- SafeDisc 1/2 Results:
The LiteOn LTD163 is the champion with SafeDisc 1.0 protected CDs. The Matsushita
SR-8586 needs about one hour to make the image of the disc and AOpen 1648 earns
the second place, even at a quite low performance.
The Lite-On continues to lead the race among the three tested
drives. The Matsushita SR-8586 gets the last place once again, while the AOpen
LaserLock 1/2 Results:
The situation seems to change, as far as the LaserLock 1 tests are concerned.
The Matsushita SR-8586 gets the first place, the AOpen model comes second and
the Lite-On is last.
In the LaserLock 2 test, things become more complicated than they were. The
AOpen 1648 gets the first place with the original CD, but Lite-On comes retaliates
by winning first place on the backup CD test. The Matsushita SR-8586 doesn't
perform good enough with the original CD, but gets the second place with the
The LiteOn LTD163 supports reading of SubChannel data from both Data and Audio
tracks, and very fast, according to our tests. The Matsushita doesn't support
reading of 96bytes of Subchannel data, which means you will not be able to read
CD+G CDs. Last of all, the AOpen 1648 doesn't support reading of SubChannel
data at all :(