Low Cost, Mid-Range or High-End? Three CD Writers at 8, 12 and 16 speed

Test Setup

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Test System
CPUIntel Celeron, 500 MHz
MotherboardAsus CUSL2, i815 Chipset
RAM128 MB SDRAM, 7ns (Crucial/Micron ) CL2
IDE Controlleri815 UltraDMA/100 Controller (ICH2)
Graphics Cardi815 On-Board Graphics
Network3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating SystemWindows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
Benchmarks and Measurements
CD BenchmarkLiteOn CDX 6.06anative DOS mode
Audio GrabbingXing Audio Catalyst 2.0
CD RecordingNero
Graphics DriversIntel i815 Reference Drivers 4.3
IDE-DriversIntel Bus Master DMA Drivers 6.03
DirectX Version8.0a
Screen Resolution1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz Refresh

Test Results - Access Time

Although Mitsumi talks about 110 ms average access time, we measured 167 ms with CDX. Modern CD ROM drives require approximately 90 ms for average data access, making the Mitsumi writer a less suitable candidate if you are looking for something to replace your good old CD ROM reader.