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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
TDK CyClone 241040 CD-RW

3. RW reading tests

TDK CyClone 241040 IDE CDR-W - Page 3

RW reading tests

- CD Speed 99 v0.8 Test: (Click here to see the CD Speed 99 graph)

For the RW tests, we used TDK's HS-RW media. The TDK CyClone 241040 gave the worst average reading test result (25.35x) among the 4 tested drives. The Sanyo BP1500P performs slightly better (25.43x):

CloneCD Reading Tests

- Procedure:
We used CloneCD (v3.0.0.20) and 5 original CDs - Euro 2000 (SafeDisc 1), No One Lives For Ever (SafeDisc 2), Rally Masters (LaserLock 1), Desperados (LaserLock 2) and V-Rally 2 Expert (SecuROM 2) - in order to test the reading time of TDK CyClone 241040. We also tested the reading performance with backups of the original CDs, since the reading speed varies between original and backup media. For comparison reasons we added the results of the already tested Ricoh MP7200, Yamaha 2200E and Sanyo BP1500P. The following picture shows the drive's reading/writing capabilities:

- SafeDisc 1/2 Results:

The TDK CyClone 241040 has a really hard time with protected SafeDisc 1.0 CDs. The drive needs around one hour to complete the task, which is more or less the same as with the Sanyo drive. The Yamaha 2200E is the faster among the 4 tested drives and Ricoh 7200 follows in the second place with average reading performance.

The TDK drive continues to perform very bad with SafeDisc v2 protected CDs. Again the Yamaha 2200E drive leads the race and Ricoh 7200A follows.

LaserLock 1/2 Results:

In the LaserLock protected CDs test, the TDK drive showed an unusual bad performance. The drive read the CD at a terribly slow rate and needs a HUGE amount of time to complete the task...

The LaserLock 2 protection seems good enough to make all 4 tested drives have a hard time. Both Sanyo and TDK drives gave the same mark with Original CD but very different with the backup CD.

SecuROM Results

The TDK drive had the third best performance among its competitors. The Ricoh 7200A simply knocks the competition out since its performance is superb! The Sanyo BP1500P comes last and as for the Yamaha 2200E the second place is what it deserves.




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