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Monday, February 18, 2002
PleXWriter PX-W1210S CD-RW

3. RW reading tests

PleXWriter PX-W1210S SCSI CDR-W - Page 3

RW reading tests

For the RW tests we used Ricoh HS RW media written at 10x speed. The TDK CyClone drive has slightly better performance than PX-W1210A, which is however far away from what Sanyo CRD-BP3 delivers:

CloneCD Tests

Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v2.7.8.1) and 3 original CDs (Rally Masters, Euro2000 and Incoming) in order to test the reading time for PleXWriter PX-W1210S  (firmware v1.00). We also tested the reading performance with backups of the original CDs since the reading speed varies among original and backup media. For comparison reasons we added the results from Plextor PX-W1210A (firmware v1.04). Remember, the drive is fully supported from CloneCD:

Results:
a) SafeDisc Results:Euro 2000 (Total: 257982 sectors - 10141 bad sectors) - Reading Speed: Max

Drive

CD

Fast Skip Error - O retries - Software Correction

"Intelligent Bad Sector Scanner" + Best "Fast Skip Error" result

Plextor PX-W1210A
vs
Plextor PX-W1210S

Original

2:35 min

2:39 min

 4:02 min

4:19 min

Backup

3:40 min

15:23 min

4:45 min

14:52 min

b) LaserLock Results: Rally Masters (Total: 321528 sectors - 6317 bad sectors) - Reading Speed: Max

Drive

CD

Fast Skip Error - O retries - Software Correction

"Intelligent Bad Sector Scanner" + Best "Fast Skip Error" result

Plextor PX-W1210A
vs
Plextor PX-W1210S

Original

-

52:21 min

54:55 min

Backup

3:38 min

3:04 min

3:05 min

4:58min

c) SecuROM Results

Drive

CD

Read SubChannel Data from Data Tracks

Plextor PX-W1210A
vs
Plextor PX-W1210S

Original

3:55 min

3:57 min

Backup

3:53min

3:56 min

Verdict of CloneCD Tests:
The Plextor PX-W1210S as we expected gave a good performance with CloneCD. The drive can read hell fast (as most Plextor drives) original SafeDisc protected CDs. Notice however that the PX-W1210A model still has a slightly better reading time. When we used the backup of the SafeDisc protected CD the performance wasn't so great as before.. :(

When using the drive for reading LaserLock protected CDs have patience since it takes around 50mins for making the image of the CD. The same performance comes also from PX-W1210A (IDE model) so we don't think it's a drawback.

Finally, the PX-W1210S can read SubChannel data (TLA#000) as also our PX-W1210A (TLA#000) had. The drive really reads them fast and takes 3:57mins to complete the task. We hope that the next TLA series models will not have the same problem with reading SubChannel data as was faced with the PX-W1210A model series.




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