The Plextor PX-708UF DVDR/RW Drive
Plextor Thinks Outside the Box

By, Jeff Bouton
November 20, 2003

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Plextor PX-708UF DVDR/RW CD-R/RW

Teac DV-W50D DVDR/RW CD-R/RW

Standard Floppy Drive

Windows XP Professional SP-1

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ATi Catalyst 3.9

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Utilities and Media Used For Testing
 

  • SiSoft SANDRA Pro 4

  • Nero InfoTool

  • Nero CD-DVD Speed

  • Nero Burning ROM 6

  • An audio CD 63:33:02 in Length for MP3 Encode Test

  • 4.0GB of AVI files for Sandra DVD Data Tests

  • 4.32GB of MP3 files for Nero DVD Data Tests

  • 698MB AVI file for Sandra CD Data Tests

  • 703MB of MP3 files for Nero CD Data Tests

  • The Patriot on DVD for all DVD Movie Tests

  • Media Used:
    -Maxell 48X CD-R
    -TDK 4x DVD+R

 

To help give us an idea of the PX-708UF's performance, we ran a series of common tests to paint a clear picture.  As with any test, however, without a frame of reference, the results can be somewhat ambiguous.  So we ran the same tests on a Teac DC-W50D dual format drive as a comparison.  We also wanted to note that while the drive supports both FireWire and USB 2.0, we completed all of our tests while connected through USB 2.0.  Before we began testing, we performed several tests while connected using the FireWire connection and the results were the same.
 

 

CD-ROM Performance Tests - Plextor PX-708UF
Speeding Things Along

Nero InfoTool:

Before we get started with the benchmarks, we like to run Nero InfoTool to get a clear idea of a drive's not-so-obvious capabilities.  Like we stated earlier, we also included the results from a Teac DV-W50D merely as a frame of reference.

PLEXTOR PX-708UF
Teac DV-W50D

There are a number of items here that makes the Plextor PX-708UF an attractive drive compared to the competition.  For one is the drive's high speed read/write performance, boasting 40X speeds with both CD-R Read/Write performance vs. the Teac's 32X/16X performance.  The Plextor drive also offers added support for CD+G, commonly used for Karaoke type recording, as well as Mt. Rainier for drag and drop recording with future OSs that support this feature natively.

SiSoft SANDRA Pro 4:

Another utility we like to run is the CD/DVD module within SiSoft Sandra Pro 4.  We ran the module with a CD data disk and DVD data disk to test the read performance capabilities of each drive.

Read Performance - CD Data

PLEXTOR PX-708UF - CD
Teac DV-W50D - CD

Read Performance - DVD Data

PLEXTOR PX-708UF - DVD
Teac DV-W50D - DVD

To achieve accurate CD Data performance testing, Sandra requires a disk be inserted that has very large files on it.  With this test we used a 700MB CD with a 698MB AVI to complete the testing.  In the end, the portable drive bested the internal drive, reaching a peak of 17X vs. 14X with the Teac drive.  With DVD Data performance testing, we used a DVD+R filled with large AVI files as well.  With DVD [performance, the Teac drive maintained the better score, topping out at 20X vs. the Plextor's 15x.  You might also note that there was a major difference in each drive's access times, with the Average Access Time of the Plextor being more than double that of the Teac drive.  If the Plextor drive was an internal CD/DVD burner, there would be cause for concern, but this should not be all that odd for an external drive which has more latency than standard IDE drives.

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