In this section we’ll take a look at how the Waitec MEGALUS peforms with CD-RW media. For the tests we’ll use 74
minutes/650MB CD-RW discs manufactured by CMC Magnetics, the same discs that were delivered with the MEGALUS. To format our
CD-RW discs we’ll use Ahead’s InCD (www.ahead.de) version 2.32.
CD-RW Media – Formatting:
We formatted the CD-RW disc with Ahead’s InCD and got a free useable disc space of 536MB.
CD-RW Media – Packet Writing:
Then we measured the time it took the Waitec MEGALUS to write a 411MB (420.934Kb) file to the CD-RW disc with InCD. The
file was copied in roughly 5 minutes and 34 seconds resulting in an average writing speed of 7.16x, slightly slower
than the Lite-On 24102B (7.23) and the Plextor PX-W2410A (7.20x). Please note these speeds were reached on different
machines so the achieved times can be a little off. Roughly we can say the Waitec MEGALUS reaches about the same speeds
the competition does.
CD-RW Media – Normal Writing:
Next we used a Quick Erase to clean the CD-RW disc and used Nero Burning Rom version 126.96.36.199 to write the same file
as a normal data compilation. The disc was recognized as CD-R disc and the write speed was automatically set to 10x.
Below a screenshot of the process completed successfully:
As you can see the process was finished in 5 minutes and 32 seconds, about the same results we got with the Packet
Writing Tests above.
CD-RW Media – Read Tests:
To conclude our tests we used Nero CD Speed to test how well
the Waitec MEGALUS could read the created disc. Below some screenshots:
As you can see the Waitec MEGALUS produces an excellent result here! The speed keeps climbing and it’s slightly faster
than the Plextor PX-W2410A and a lot faster than the Lite-On 24102B (which only reached 13.16x)!
Now we’ve done our tests it’s time for the final conclusions…