Review: Plextor PX-W4824TU
Provided by: Plextor Europe
Firmware: version 1.02
Production date: September 2002
A few weeks ago we presented you with our in depth review of Plextor’s latest recorder the PX-W4824A drive. Today we have a new review for you of basically the same drive but now in an external case using the USB 2.0 interface. Because the ‘A’ and ‘TU’ drive are the same drive our test results will probably be the same as we got with the internal model but this Plextor PX-W4824TU drive has the latest firmware version (v1.02) and it will be interesting to see if there have been any improvements.
Of course this external Plextor drive has the same features as we saw on the internal model. The drive supports the new ultra-speed (24X) re-write standard, the same fastest access time ever (< 65ms), Mount Rainier and 48X CAV recording of data and audio. Besides that we of course have the usual Plextor technologies on board such as PoweRec and VariRec ensuring a quality back-up.
As we just mentioned this Plextor drive uses the USB 2.0 standard which we also saw on the Plextor PX-W4012TU drive. USB 2.0 is still a pretty new technology that extends the speed of the peripheral-to-PC connection up to 40 times over existing capabilities. USB 2.0 can reach speeds up to 480 Mb/sec, 40 times faster than USB 1.1.
In this review we will take a look at this latest external Plextor drive and see if the drive performs the same as the internal model we reviewed a few weeks ago. Read on to find out what we have to say about this Plextor drive!
For the tests we’ll be using the following configuration:
- Motherboard: GigaByte GA-7VAXP
- Processor: AMD AthlonXP 2100+
- RAM: 256MB (PC2700)
- GFX: ASUS V8200 (GeForce 3 Ti200)
- Hard Disks: DiamondMax 40GB & 30GB (7200rpm)
- IDE Controller: PCI UDMA100 Controller
As you can see the Plextor PX-W4824TU was hooked up to the onboard USB 2.0 Controller and identifies itself as “PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W4824A”. As you can see this Plextor USB 2.0 is thus just a normal PX-W4824A drive but with an external case. Autorun was disabled for every device.
The Windows XP Professional operating system is installed on our test machine. We’ll be using the following software to perform the various tests:
- Ahead InCD v3.37.0
- Ahead Nero Burning Rom v18.104.22.168
- Ahead Nero CD Speed v1.01.3
- Ahead Nero InfoTool v1.03.2
- Elaborate Bytes CloneCD v22.214.171.124
- Exact Audio Copy v0.9 beta 4
- Plextor PlexTools v1.16A
On the next page we’ll take a look at the retail package of the Plextor PX-W4824TU…