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Monday, February 18, 2002
Ricoh MP9120A CD-RW

3. RW reading tests

Ricoh MP9120A IDE DVD/CDR-W - Page 3

RW reading tests

For the RW tests we used Ricoh HS RW media written at 10x speed. As you will notice the drive has the maximum RW reading speed ever tested!

CloneCD Tests

- Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v2.8.3.1) and 3 original CDs (Rally Masters, Euro2000 and Vrally 2 Expert,) in order to test the reading time for MP9120A. 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/S and Ricoh MP7120A.

- Results:

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

The MP9120A worked very good with SafeDisc with both original and backup CD. The MP9120A managed to outperform all Plextor drives! Very nice..

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

The MP9120A has a hard time to read LaserLock protected CDs (especially the originalCD) but the reading time is lower than what Plextor drives deliver. The problem here is ,as we had noticed with MP7120A, that it reports MORE bad sectors than the real existing one. That is a negative point and maybe it can cause problems..

c) SecuROM Results:

The MP9120A really smokes the Plextor competition when reading SubChannel data! Plextor drives take ages to read SubChannel data. Not to mention the various problems, which many people seem to face with SubChannel data.

Verdict of CloneCD Tests:
The Ricoh MP9120A is a really good performer with CloneCD! The only negative point is that it reported more bad sectors with LaserLock CDs than the existing real one. This has been also noticed with MP7120A and had been fixed with a newer CloneCD version. We don't know if the problem here is CloneCD or the drive itself...




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