TargetPC heeft een verhaaltje neer getikt over de manke speed rating van de huidige CD-ROM drives (snelheden van 56 speed worden geclaimt, maar kunnen bij lange na niet gehaald worden). Verder in het artikel ook een paar benchmarks van de Mitsumi , Acer/AOpen en AFree drives:
For sometime now, I've been a loyal Mitsumi buyer and now I have proof. Overall, the Mitsumi drives read very consistently with audio and data. The real loser here is the Acer, which I'm told also sells these drives under the AOpen name. Initially, when I took the Acer out of the box, it was running firmware revision 50DT and audio discs wouldn't even play without skipping let alone do digital audio extraction (DAE) properly. After flashing the firmware to 50FT, I could then perform all the data and audio tests without any hitches. The Afreey drive has suffered many a bashing of late, with people saying that it won't read their CDs at all. I've tested two versions of this drive, differing only in firmware revision. The MagicSpin with revision 10 and an Afreey OEM drive with revision 12. Both drives operated exactly the same.
Judging by the numbers, the Afreey 56X (also known as the MagicSpin 56X) is the overall winner. If you're the type of person who needs a DAE player for your 8X writer, then this drive is for you. It easily rips audio far beyond the required 8X minimum rate.