The Verbatim 16X DVD+R media supported at 16X by almost all current 16X DVD+R recorders. We performed several tests to see which drive is not only the fastest but also has the highest writing quality. For all tests we used Nero CDSpeed v3.21 create data disc function and scanned all discs with a Plextor PX-712A (firmware 1.05, Plextools v2.16 - medium accuracy - BURST scan mode). - Test Results
As the test results showed, the fastest drive came from LiteON (SOHW-1633S) with an average recording speed of 11.96X resulting a total recording time of 5:48mins. The BenQ DW1620A came second with 11.45X and 5:52mins, the NEC ND-3500A third with 11.69X and 6:04mins and the Pioneer DVR-108 last with 10.28X and 6:48mins.
If you are wondering why the ND-3500A came third even it had highest average recording speed than DW1620A the reason lies at the recording time during the lead-in/out area, as it seems the ND-3500A needs few extra seconds to end the task.
Ok we burned the discs, how is the writing quality?
* The burn with the highest quality comes from Pioneer DVR-108A with almost perfect image, 0.02 average and 9 max PIE and no POE/POF errors
* The ND-3500A follows with 0.31 average, 140 max PIE but with POE and no POF errors
* The SOHW-1633S comes third with 0.60 average, 243 max PIE but with POE and no POF error
* The DW1620A created a rather bad disc with 2.04 average, 923 max PIE and POE/POF errors...
Below you will find the Nero CDSpeed writing graphs & the Plextools scans. Enjoy * Appendix
* PIE errors are displayed with blue
* POE errors are displayed with brown
* POF errors are displayed with red
* A perfect burn should return very low PIE and no POE/POF errors