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Monday, February 18, 2002
Ricoh MP9200A CD-RW

2. Data Tests

Ricoh MP9200A IDE DVD/CDR-W - Page 2

Data Tests

Test Method

- SCSI Mechanic v3.0x: This was used to compare the Ricoh's  I/O performance against other various CDR-W drives (see charts). We used a pressed CD containing PlexTools v1.08 for all of the tests.
- CD Speed 99 v0.83b also used to check the drive performance with pressed CDs. For that test, we used PlexTools v1.08 pressed CD.

- SCSI Mechanic v3.0x results

The Ricoh MP9200 showed that in most cases it is slightly slower than the 7200 series. The drive gave the second best "Average Random I/O" result among the 4 tested drives. In the "Average Sequential I/O" test it won the third place with 4437kb/s and it seems that its firmware needs some tweaking to reach the full capabilities of the 7200 series. Finally the drive's "Average Same Sector I/O" results were the worst in the whole category, a fact that confirmed our previous claims.

- CD Speed 99 v0.83 results: (click here to see the CD Speed 99 graph)

Using CD Speed 0.83, we confirmed that the MP9200 model seems slower than the older 7200 one. The drive reaches around 30.53X average reading speed, while the MP7200 easily can reach 31.13X. The competition from the Sanyo drive is strong since it comes second with 30.55X and Yamaha 2200E is the last one with 29.48X.

In the "Seek Times" test results, the Ricoh MP9200A gets the first place with under 90ms random seek time, complying with the drive's specifications. The MP7200 follows with 93ms and the competition has way larger access times.

- CDR Media: (click here to see the CD Speed 99 graph)

The Ricoh MP9200 showed unpleasant performance with CDR media. The drive keeps slowing down after 55minutes for no apparent reason, and drops down to 20.01X, giving a total of 28.32X average reading speed.




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