CD Write Performance

 
 
By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-01-23 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


To test CD write performance, we created a synthetic audio CD using Neros DAE extraction tool. Then we copied the 74 minute CD to an image file stored on the hard drive. We then burned the entire image in one pass. This allowed us to remove any file overhead and test raw burn rate.
As you can see, the Sony is a better CD burner. Its not in the same class as the latest 52x dedicated CD burners, but its a pretty solid 24x CD-R burner and 10x CD-RW burner. Since all current DVD burners now support packet writing for DVD recordable media, we tested packet writing performance on "native" DVD rewritable discs.


 
 
 
 
Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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