With the first tests we will concentrate on the reading capabilities and the speed of the drive as a reading device. So we can eventually check wether the drive really reads at 40x.
Our testmachine :
For our first test we took a CD-Rom benchmark-Utility to measure the drive’s speed.
Transferspeed is developed by Smart Projects (Peter Van Hoof) and is freeware Transferspeed is downloadable at the Smart Projects homesite.
First we have a look at the previous Plextor model PX-161040A and later the PX-241040A to see if next to the writing speed Plextor has also increased the reading speed. We will make a difference between firmware revision V1.00 and V1.01 to check if a firmware upgrade can be significant towards the reading speed and quality.
Our first test is the older model PX-161040A
The Plextor PX-2410A with firmware V1.00
The Plextor PX-2410A with firmware V1.01
Transferspeedtest: Reading tests with transferspeed were made again on 20 th November 2001 under firmware V1.02
The Plextor PX-2410A with firmware V1.02
As we can see the reading speed isn’t improved that much. The only difference is that this new Plextor is better tuned and thus having a slightly better performance than the older 16x.
The test CD we used to make this test is F-22 LighningIII from Novalogic. It is a PC-data CD of 77min55sec orl 684MB without any real protection. Just a routine that check’s wether the CD is in the drive and an Illegal TOC (table of contents)
Average KB/sec test: The average amount of data that is being read in KB/sec
The higher the better.
Average speed according to factor X: The average reading speed of the CD-drive according to factor XThe higher the better.
Highest measured speed according to factor X: The higher the better.
Highest measured Single Command Burst according to factor X: the average amount of data that is being read per second in the burst-mode. The higher the better.
The PX-241040A is a very good data-reader, and thus can act as a full CD-reading station.
Above average transferspeeds and reliable reading. We used for this test a PX-241040A with firmware V1.00 and firmware V1.01 the difference between firmware revision V1.00 V1.01 and V1.02 is very clear. The average speed is slightly better (hardly recognizable, but yet). The burst rate has improved a lot from 72x up to 90x.