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Are Cheap DVD Burners Worth the Trouble?

Feature Table

LG GSA-H42LPioneer DVD-112Samsung SH-S182Samsung SH-S183Sony/NEC (Optiarc) AD-7170S
InterfaceUltraATAUltraATAUltraATASATASATA
Write Speed
DVD+R1818181818
DVD-R1818181818
DVD+R DL1010888
DVD-R DL1010886
DVD+RW88888
DVD-RW66666
DVD-RAM1210121212
CD-R4840484848
CD-RW3232323232
LabelingLightScribeNoneLightScribelightScribenone

Test Setup

System Hardware
Socket 775Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardMSI 975X Platinum PowerUp EditionChipset : Intel 975X, BIOS : 2007-01-24
Common Hardware
RAM2x 1024 MB DDR2-8000 (CL 4.0-4-4-12)Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
Graphics CardHIS X1900XTX IceQ3GPU : ATI Radeon X1900XTX (650 MHz)RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Hard Drive150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150Western Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROMGigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Software
Graphics DriverATI Catalyst Suite 7.2
Platform Drivers IntelINF-Treiber 8.1.1.1010
DirectXVersion : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
iTunes 7Version : 7.1.1.5
Nero CD-DVD SpeedVersion : 4.7.0.4
DVD DecrypterVersion : 3.5.4.0ISO WriteISO Read