Now that we have tested the reading performance we look at the main feature, the writing of media.
The first test is an integrated write test in CDspeed:
This is a short test that graphically displays the writing speed of the drive on every position of the disc. It finally determines the average writing speed.
This test simulates an actual burning, thus no cdr is being lost to perform this test. CD-speed is a freeware utility from Eric Deppe (www.cdspeed2000.com)
The cd-write test from CDspeed.
The result shows that the LiteOn 24102B initially begins the writing at 16x whereas it changes speeds after 6 minutes to 20x and after 16min to 24x. The overall average writing speed is 22.75x.
Next: CDMATE from AnChen (www.copystar.com.tw).
This is a new, but very effective program. It combines the flexability of CloneCD with the functionality of Nero. Furthermore it has a lot of tweaks and gives some handy info from your drive and the used media.
CDMate integrates a CD-Rom manager that gives a lot of info from your burner. Let’s have a look at the results.
All the drive info is being displayed.
A thoroughly ATIP-code reading, gives more info than the popular CDR-indentifier.
Our third test are some test-burnings with 74 and 80 min cdr’s.
The test were created using Nero Burning Rom V126.96.36.199. First we took some 74min cdr’s afterwards some 80min cdr’s. We selected some different brands (Sony, Infiniti, Discplanet, Tayo Yuden, frosted cdr, hi-space…). When we do our next test with a 24x burner we shall compare these results.
This new LiteOn24102B burns just a little bit slower than Plextor 241040.
What we noticed during these burnings was the fact when we enlighted the burned CDR’s we could see a difference in color shade respectively at those points whereas the writing speed increases. Wheter this was an effect due to increased speed or OPC correction we couldn’t determine. So we experienced 3 different shades of dye color:
- one between 0 and 6 min
- one between 6 and 16 min
- one between 16min and the end of the disc
The next thing we did is testing the write performance and capabilities when making a backup of a protected disc:
- Securom: Securom worked fine.
- LaserLock: LaserLock worked fine.
- Safedisc: Safedisc worked fine.
- SafediscII: SafediscII worked fine.
- CopyLock: CopyLock worked fine.
- Libcrypt: Libcrypt worked fine.
The fact that the LiteOn burns just a littlebit slower than Plextor 24102B will not be of any problem towards the consumer…. the difference isn’t really noticeable. These few seconds won’t do the trick, the quality of the burning does. And concerning burnperformance we were very pleased.
This LiteOn is a true dream for everybody who wants to make a personal backup of a copy-protected CD. The right to make a backup within domestic boundries was token from software publishers that wanted to fight the increase of piracy, without taking notice of those who legitimate needed a backup to protect their original from damage. Anyone who needs to make backup’s for the previously mentioned purpose will find the perfect solution in this LiteOnr drive.
The next thing we are going to take a look at is the usage of Exotic CDR’s.