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Monday, February 18, 2002
Philips DVDRW208 DVD+RW

2. Data Tests

Philips DVD+RW 208 - Page 2

Data Tests

- Test Method

* SCSI Mechanic v3.0x: This was used to compare the drive's I/O performance against other various recorders (see charts). We used a pressed CD containing PlexTools v1.08 for all tests.

* Nero CD Speed v0.84b was also used to check the drive's performance with pressed CDs. For that test, we also used the PlexTools v1.08 pressed CD.

- SCSI Mechanic v3.0x results

Philips DVDRW208 is a very good performer with pressed CDs. The drive gives higher 'Average Sequential I/O' score than Ricoh MP5120A and its 'Average Random I/O' reading speed is 834kb/s. Both the Ricoh MP5120A and the Philips DVDRW208 seem to have similar performance.

- Nero CD Speed v0.84 results: (Click to see the CD Speed Graph)

Using Nero CD Speed 0.84, the Philips DVDRW208 is just 0.03X slower than Ricoh MP1502A. The drive starts reading at 14.84X and ends at 32.51X.

Both Philips DVDRW208 and Ricoh MP5120A have similar "seek times" results. The drive needs around 100ms for random disc access.

- PSX Pressed Media

For this test we used the PSX game 'NBA Jam Extreme' and we ripped the image to HD with CloneCD. We measured the reading times for the Philips DVDRW208, which is low (89secs). Only the Panasonic LF-D311 is faster:

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

With CDR media, again the Philips DVDRW208 performs a little lower than Ricoh MP5120A. The difference in the reading performance is higher now with 0.29X.

- DVD Speed v0.52: (DVD Speed graphs for DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW , DVD+RW)

The Philips DVDRW208 performed better with pressed DVD media than Ricoh MP5120A. The 8X DVD reading speed is enough for your daily tasks.

The seek times of the Philips DVDRW208 are higher than what the Ricoh MP5120A can give.

When ripping DVD movies, the Philips DVDRW208 has an average ripping performance of 7986Kb/s, higher than the competition.

Let us now check the drive performance when reading DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW media. As our tests results showed, the drive can read DVD-R and DVD+RW very fast but has problems in recognizing the DVD-RW media, as also happened with Ricoh MP5120A.

- Movie Tests

We tested the Philips DVDRW208 with many DVDs and our overall impression was very good. When playing DVD movies, the average CPU Usage was 48% using PowerDVD v3.0 Build 0421. We noticed no problems during DVD playback.

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