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Watch Blu-ray And Burn DVDs: Three Low-Cost Solutions
Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i5-750 (2.66 GHz, 8MB Cache)
CPU CoolerIntel Retail-Boxed Cooler
MotherboardAsus P7P55D v1.02G, BIOS 0606 (09/03/2009)
RAMKingston KHX2133C9D3T1K2/4GX (4.0GB)
DDR3-2133 at DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24
GraphicsZotac GeForce GTX260² 896MB
576/999 MHz GPU/Shader, GDDR3-2484 
Hard DrivesWD RE3 WD1002FBYS, 1TB, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerCorsair CMPSU-850HX 850W Modular
ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80-Plus Gold
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 190.62 WHQL
ChipsetIntel INF

Looking for the fastest-available dual-layer media to test the highest-possible burn speed of each drive, we were disappointed to learn that Verbatim’s legendary 12x DVD-R dual-layer discs are unavailable in the U.S.

Benchmark Configuration
Speed TestsNero-
Blank MediaVerbatim DVD-R 16x, DVD+R DL 8x
Blu-ray MovieResident Evil: Apocalypse (22.3GB, SL)
Audio CDCustom Compilation (79.6 min, 803MB)

Because disc read rates increase towards the outer edge of a disc, we searched our collection for the Blu-ray movie that came closest to filling its available layers, rather than settle for a dual-layer movie that had no data on the outer tracks. Resident Evil came close, using 22.3GB of its available 25GB space. However, we weren’t so lucky with any of our audio discs and were forced to compile our own.

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