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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Yamaha CRW2100E CD-RW

3. Data Tests

Yamaha CRW2100E IDE CDR-W - Page 3

Data Tests

Test Method:
- SCSI Mechanic v3.0: This was used to compare the Yamaha's I/O performance against other various CDR-W drives (see charts). We used a pressed CD containing PlexTools v1.06 for all of the tests.
- CD Speed 99 v0.75 was also used to check the drive performance with pressed CDs. For that test we used PlexTools v1.06 original CD.

- SCSI Mechanic v3.0 results:

As you can see from the graph above, the CRW2100E rules the SCSI Mechanic tests due to increased 40x (max) reading speed. It gave the best "Average Sequential I/O" (4291kb/s) and "Average Same Sector I/O" (16447kb/s) results compared to the Plextor and Ricoh models.

- CD Speed 99 v0.75 results:

Using CD Speed 0.75, we can see that the CRW2100E clearly is the fastest CDR-W drive you can buy now days. The Plextor and Ricoh models of course cannot reach it (since they have 32x reading speed) and stay behind.

The CRW2100E continues to perform very good and seems to be able to compete Plextor but not Ricoh drives.

Verdict of data (pressedCDs) tests:
The Yamaha CRW2100E is without any doubt, for now, the fastest CDR-W drive you can buy. This is expected since it is the first drive that supports 40x-reading speed while the competition still supports 32x. Its average reading speed using PlexTools v1.06 was 28.83x, PX-W1210A/S and MP7120A were much lower with a 24x average. It's seek times are also better than the Plextor models but cannot reach the Ricoh's one. In the SCSI Mechanic tests, the CRW2100E continues to deliver the best performance and gets in the first place in most tests. The drive delivered an average sequential reading result of 4.29mb/s, which is about 14% faster than the competition. The drive also has the best "Average Same Sector I/O" and that shows the work of Yamaha technicians. The negative point of the drive's performance is the noise that the drive generates when reading at max speed. Very annoying :(




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