IDE DVD ROM - Page 4
- Test Method :
We used DVD Speed 99 v0.2 to run DVD tests (DMA enabled for both drives).
All tests done at least 3 times, took worst results, with same DVD title.
The DVD Speed author suggests avoiding using dual layer DVDs since the performance
might be lower than the actual one. For that propose we used a single-layered
DVD title, which taken from PC Magazine.
- DVD Speed results:
As you can see the Pioneer DVD-105S manages to deliver around
15.000kb/s and confirms the title of the faster DVD-Rom around. The seek times
for DVD reading are lower than the ones we got from the CD test and are better
than 104S model. The CPU usage is also very low.
- DVD Ripping Tests
Yes, we know what you might think: "We got our DVD-Rom, now we need
to make a DivX ;)
from it". So we need to rip the movie in our HD. Is there any difference
between the 2 models since the 105S supports 16x reading DVD-Rom speed? The
answer seems to be no. We tested both drives with the Matrix movie and with
DVD Decrypter v2.1. Below are the results when we ripped the whole movie:
As you can see both drives have similar average ripping speed.
The increased 16x DVD-Rom reading speed of DVD-105S doesn't seem to affect
the DVD ripping performance.
- Movie Tests :
We tested Pioneer DVD-104S with many DVDs and our total impression is pretty
good. When playing DVD movies average CPU Usage was 77% using Power DVD v3.0.
If you have a SVGA card with hardware acceleration and you enable it, the CPU
usage will drop nearly at 50%! We faced some problems when we enabled Hardware
Acceleration with Power DVD 3.0 and 6.49 & 7.17 nVidia Detonator drivers.
The picture appeared scrambled so we couldn't use the hardware acceleration.
Also don't forget to grab DVD
Genie, which will help you change regions for the software player. This
will not defeat the hardware region lock (which can be overcome with region-free