Bij Tech-Review is een review gepost van de Plextor PlexWrite 8/4/32 IDE CD-RW drive. Hieronder wat info over de performance van deze 8 speed IDE brander:
You know the drive supports everything it should, you know it even handles the increasingly popular 80 minute variety of CDs. But how does it really perform? Well we put the burner through some tests to see how reliable and efficient it actually is.
Our first test came through successfully with the burner completing a CD burn of a 63:03 (555 MB) CD in 8:30 including table of contents and disc closing, which translates into 7.4x recording. Take out the TOC and disc closing time of 30 seconds total and you have an 8 minute burn at a 7.9x rate.
One problem that the majority of users might run into when burning from one CD to the PlexWriter directly, is the inadequacy of your CD-ROM. The majority of CD-ROM drives on the market today are variable read drives. This means that the drive reads the outer part of the disc, faster than the inner part. If the drive cannot keep a constant rate of transfer of at least 8x, then burning a CD directly at 8x will result in buffer underrun and a wasted disc. For those that encounter this situation, burning at 4x speed may have to be endured unless you copy the CD to your hard drive and burn from the hard drive at 8x speed. An unfortunate situation, but not the fault of the PlexWriter.
In terms of CD reading performance, the specifications state a 32x read rate on the outer part of the disc, and a 14x read rate on the inner part.