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Plextor PX-708A DVD±R/±RW Recorder Goes 8X

Test Configuration And Methods

Test Configuration
ProcessorAMD Athlon XP 3000+
Memory512 MB DDR PC 2700
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1200BB - 120 GB
Graphics CardHercules 3D Prophet 9700 Pro
Drivers and Software
OSWindows XP Professionnel - SP1
BenchmarksNero Burning ROM 6.0.0.15Nero CD-DVD Speed 2.10Nero DAE TEST 0.4BSmartRipper 2.41

The tests were run in four steps

  • CD play (650 MB)
  • Minimum, maximum and mean transfer rateRandom, 1/3 and full access timeAudio extraction + DAE test
  • DVD play
  • Minimum, maximum and mean transfer rateRandom, 1/3 and full access timeVideo extraction of 7.76 GB (double layer)
  • CD recording
  • Time to record a CD-R - 650 MBTime to record a CD-RW - 650 MB
  • DVD recording
  • Time to record a DVD-R - 4.38 GBTime to record a DVD+R - 4.38 GBTime to record a DVD-RW - 4.38 GBTime to record a DVD+RW - 4.38 GB

The image used for recording on DVD contained several thousand files of different sizes. The tests run with a single video of the same size (4.38 GB) did not show any difference. The time taken to record a video DVD is therefore about the same as a data DVD

The DVD recording tests were done on Imation DVD-media, except for the DVD+R test, for which we used Traxdata because it is more 8X-compatible.

We compared the Plextor PX-708A recorder with the Pioneer DVR-A06.