PlexWriter 8/4/32A CDRW - Page 5
Having done enough real-life benchmarking, I thought I’d
run it through CD-Speed’99 just to get a glimpse of the
various facets of the drive... The picture below tells it
the transfer speeds look rather low (roughly a 10x/24x
drive) and on second verification of the CD Speed ’99
official web-site, their PX-W8432Tx benchmarks seemed much
higher. In any
case, having returned the drive I couldn’t perform a
retest to see if an inadvertent setting had caused the
anomaly. On the
other hand, the seek times were quite consistent with its
specs in the manual of 170ms.
However, the main issue to note is the significant
CPU utilization of the drive (32% for 8x writing).
Guess this what caused the discernible slowdown from
my multitasking experience during copying.
results not shown in the graph are indicated below:
Time: 2.51 sec
Time: 2.40 sec
(Digital Audio Extraction) Quality Tests
This test typically highlights the drive stability in
ripping out audio from CDs. No
errors reported extracting audio from front, center or rear
sections of the Audio CD. In fact, DAE quality indicated a perfect score of 10
(no easy feat)!! In
addition, the drive exhibited accurate digital streaming,
rendering no problems in reading out audio tracks at any
ya think I should rush out and get one!!??
Well, having taken the PX-W8432Ti for a test-spin, I must
say that I have no qualms recommending the drive at all.
From a practical perspective, the only physical
benchmarks that had me concerned were the anomalous transfer
speeds (probably due to some erroneous setting hopefully)
and the high CPU utilization (which is probably
representative of most IDE drives).
In any case, the former isn’t that important unless
you’re planning to use the drive for regular CD-ROM
reading as well (not advisable as CD-R/RW drives have
typically shorter MTBFs than plain CD-ROMs).
Similarly, unless you plan to do some serious
processor crunching jobs whilst writing, I don’t believe
the CPU utilization is that big a deal afterall.
Furthermore, my experience showed that the drive
still manages to cope just fine (esp with its 4MB buffer)
and usage doesn’t bog down drastically.
terms of practical writing capabilities and speeds, it
excels and performs up to par expected of Plextor drives.
However, admittedly I do not have experience yet with
other upcoming CD-RW drives from competitors to do a
the only thing that really bothered me is the lack of a
decent software package. I
guess unless Plextor does bundle a better CD-Writing
software pack, I’m afraid you’ll be compelled to scurry
off and pick up Adaptec’s Easy CD Creator / Direct CD
before gaining practical usage from the drive.