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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Yamaha CRW2100S CD-RW

2. Data Tests

Yamaha CRW2100S SCSI CDR-W - Page 2

Data Tests

Test Method:
- SCSI Mechanic v3.0.224: 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 v0.80 was also used to check the drive performance with pressed CDs. For that test we used PlexTools v1.06 original CD.

- SCSI Mechanic v3.xx results:

As you can see from the graph above, the CRW2100S goes pretty well compared with the Sanyo CRD - BP4 and the TDK Cyclone 161040 but not as well as the PX-W1610A (which keep in mind it's the ATAPI model)...

- CD Speed 99 v0.80 results: (click here for the CD Speed graph)

Using CD Speed 0.80, we can see that the CRW2100S clearly is the slowest CDR-W drive of all four, but with a minimal difference.

The CRW2100S performs very well and seems to be able to compete the competition to the Full seek tests, while in the 1/3 test leaves back only the Plextor drive and in the Random seek test is left behind by both Sanyo and TDK recorders.

Verdict of data (pressedCDs) tests:
The Yamaha CRW2100S is one of the fastest CDR-Ws drives you can buy, but sure has many opponents to compete. Its average reading speed using PlexTools v1.06 was 28.74x, while the other drives were a bit faster (with the PX-W1610A being the fastest solution). It's seek times are better than the Plextor model but cannot reach the Sanyo's and TDK's ones (Random & 1/3). In the SCSI Mechanic tests, the CRW2100S delivers a pretty good performance in the "Average Random I/O" test but is left behind by the PX-W1640A. The drive delivered an average sequential reading result of 4.23mb/s, which is *a bit* lower than the competition. The drive also has the second best "Average Same Sector I/O" being left behind by the PX-W1610A drive only. 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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