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Eleven 20x/24x CD Burners

Test Configuration And Methods

Hardware
ProcessorIntel Celeron 800 MHz
Memory256 MB PC100
Hard diskWestern Digital WD400 40 Go
CD readersTeac CD540E and Pioneer A105S
Graphics adapterATI Radeon 64 MB DDR
Drivers & software
DirectX8.0a
OSWindows XP Professional
Benchmarks & control
Application benches- Nero Burning Rom 5.5.5.1- Clone CD 3.1.1.0- Padus Disc Juggler 3.50.118
Performance benches- CD Speed 99- DAE Speed 99- CDR Diagnostics 0.1.7.0- CDR Analyser

Each burner was tested according to the most exact and thorough method possible. The tests were carried out as follows:

  • Time taken to burn 650 MB. The operation was effected from hard disk to 3 80-minute Memorex CD-Rs made by CMC Magnetics of type 6. The software was Nero Burning Rom 5.5.5.1.
  • Time taken for a CD-to-CD copy on 2 identical CD-Rs. The software was Nero Burning Rom 5.5.5.1.
  • DAO-RAW or SAO-RAW copy test with Clone CD 3.1.1.0 software.
  • Analysis of a CD-R burnt at maximum speed using CD-R Diagnostics and CD Analyser.
  • Burning of 5 CD-Rs from various makes (TDK, Philips, Mitsui, Memorex and Hi-Space) to test compatibility.
  • Assessment of performance in reading and digital audio extraction using DAE Speed 99 and CD Speed 99 software.
  • Estimate of speed in CD-RW mode.
  • Overburning test.