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Sunday, June 22, 2003
Mitsumi CR-485FTE CD-RW

4. Protected Data Disc Tests

Mitsumi CR-485FTE - Page 4

Protected Data Disc Tests

This is the part of our review that we expect it will be of most interest to hard core gamers, in a need to find a good recorder able to offer working copies of their copy protected CD's (for back-up purposes).
CloneCD reports the following device capabilities for the Mitsumi CR-48XFTE recorder:

- PSX Pressed Media

For this test we used the PSX game 'NBA Jam Extreme', in order to rip the image to the HD using CloneCD. The Mitsumi drive was not very fast and finished the disk image creation in 271sec. Plextor and Optorite drives finished the task faster, with the Plextor drive to have the best performance.

- SafeDisc v.2 Results

The game title we used for this test is "Serious Sam - The second Encounter". Mitsumi CR-X48FTE finished the task in 8:30 min, while the Plextor drive was faster and finished at about 5min.

- SecuROM Results

Mitsumi can read SubChannel data from Data/Audio tracks. The duration of the process was 2:40 minutes. This time the Optorite drive was slightly faster by consuming only 2:30min.

- Protected Disc Writing Tests

For checking the drive's EFM correction status, we used 3 different game titles with different SafeDisc 2 versions with the latest software patches installed. We used the drive as reader/writer at the maximum reading/recording speed. Two discs were burned for each game with CloneCD. The first disc was burned with the "Amplify Weak Sectors" feature enabled and the second with the feature disabled. The results are posted in the following table.

Drive
Game Title
SD2 Build
Settings
Amplify Weak Sectors
No Amplify
Mitsumi CR-X48FTE
Max Payne v1.05
v.2.50.020
OK
Serious Sam - The Second Encounter v1.07
v.2.60.052
The Sims - Unleashed
v2.80.010

The Mitsumi CR-XFTE is very strong when it comes to protected discs with the various Safedisc2 builds. The drive is able to produce working backups without any software help, and this includes even the latest SD2 2.80+ builds.




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