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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
TDK CyClone 161040 CD-RW

3. RW reading tests

TDK CyClone 16/10/40 IDE 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 Sanyo/TDK drives goes maximum at 32x and not at 40x as the CRW2100E does. The Yamaha 2100E drive keeps the first place here:

CloneCD Tests

- Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v2.8.4.2) and 3 original CDs (Rally Masters, Euro2000 and Vrally 2 Expert) in order to test the reading time for TDK CyClone 161040. 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 Sanyo CRD-BP4/1400P and Yamaha CRW2100E.

- Results:

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

The TDK CyClone 161040 seems not performing good when the time comes to read SafeDisc protected CDs. The Yamaha 2100E is simply un-beatable in this test. Note that the drive supports only hardware error skip mode.

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

The TDK CyClone 161040 drive also gave back the lower "LaserLock CloneMark" . This is really strange since the other Sanyo BP4/1400P drives performed very good with the LaserLock protected CDs...

c) SecuROM Results:
The TDK CyClone 161040 doesn't support reading subchannel data from data tracks. :(

Verdict of CloneCD Tests:
The TDK CyClone 161040 didn't performed the way we expected in the CloneCD reading tests. The drive in most test results had the higher reading time, even compared to the Sanyo BP4/1400P models. The Yamaha 2100E simply rules the CloneCD reading tests. Also the drive doesn't support reading subChannel data from data tracks so you can forget SecuROM backups.




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