GamePC maakt ons blij met een review van de 16 speed IDE DVD drive van Pioneer. Hieronder wat info over de performance van het ding:
Under the synthetic benchmarks, the 16x drive posted numbers beating the 6x by a fairly big margin. Under ZD's CD Winbench, the 16x DVD drive had about a thirteen-percent increase of performance over the 6x DVD drive. Under CD Tach 98, the 16x posted a drive rating of 30.4x which is by far the fastest rating we have seen on any DVD-ROM drive. CPU utilization wise, the 16x drive again posted really good numbers. At full speed (40x), the 16x drive had a seven-percent CPU utilization rating while the 6x DVD had a nineteen-percent CPU utilization rating when running at full speed (32x). Now looking at our homemade tests, we see that audio extraction was pretty good with this drive. On both first and last tracks, the drive was able to extract at a stable 12x. It took about 16 seconds to extract the first track and about 18 seconds for the last track. With the 6x drive, it took a little over 2 more seconds to extract both tracks, which was caused by the fluctuating extraction rates that ranged from 6x to 13x. As for the DVD tests, we did everything we could to make it stutter but were unsuccessful. Randomly fast forwarding, rewinding, and chapter skipping during the movie did virtually nothing to show us that the drive was sweating.
We liked the drive for how it performed flawlessly throughout our stress tests. Comparing the numbers back to our Hitachi DVD drive review, it posted better numbers than what we got today. This brings us to the fact that the 16x drive is only as good as how you setup the rest of the system. Fine-tuning and system tweaking is needed to really get the most of any system. In terms of getting this drive for your own system there are some considerations to consider. One being "is quick DVD-ROM/CD-ROM access a major requirement in your computer usage"? Or, how well suited is your current system setup now? If you just have an average system like the one we have here today, the Hitachi 8x drive should still meet your needs and the most logical solution to go with. But if you have a totally decked out system, the 16x drive will come in handy with its super low CPU utilization ratings. [break]De drive is leverbaar in zowel een slot als tray versie:[/break]