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This drive supports 16X DVD write and read, and 4X DVD+RW. CD-writing capabilities are also the same, with 40X
CD-R and read, and 24X CD-RW. Plus, it supports 2.4X double layer DVD R writing, which allows you to store up to 8.5 GB of data. The BenQ DW1600 comes bundled with BenQ Software Disc, 4.7 GB DVD+R media, InterVideo for video playback/capture and Sonic for creating music and data discs. Like the nu drive, this is also an IDE drive with 2 MB cache buffer. The test bed and parameters were identical to the nu drive. The burn speeds were also very comparable to the nu drive, except for audio CD-CD copy, which was a little slower. The same goes for the DVD+R tests. The burst copy of 530 MB data on CD and 2.53 MB data on DVD can conveniently be placed on a similar scale. The Nero
CD-DVD speed tests yielded almost identical results except that this one’s CPU utilization was lower.

The Bottom Line: More expensive than the nu drive but less taxing on the CPU. Plus, it offers a 2 yr warranty.

Test/Model nu BenQ nu BenQ nu BenQ nu BenQ nu BenQ
CD
R/DVD R burn speeds (min:sec)
CD
(650 MB)
DVD+R
(4.33 GB)
DVD-R
(4.33 GB)
DVD+RW   DVD-RW  
Data
copy
3:17 3:25 8:34 9:24 NA NA NA NA NA
CD-CD
Copy (data)
4:25 4:25 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
73
min Audio copy
3:19 3:23 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
CD-CD
copy (audio)
6:08 8:16 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Time
to create 650 MB ISO Image
6:22 6:25 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
ReWritable
media tests
CD   DVD+R   DVD-R   DVD+RW   DVD-RW  
Time
to format (sec)
20 35 NA NA NA NA 9 10 9 9
Max
capacity
530 MB 530 MB NA NA NA NA 2.3 GB 2.53 GB 2.3 GB 2.53GB
Data
transfer time (min:sec)
10:21 8:20 NA NA NA NA 20:11 21:13 18:27 21:56
Other
CD/DVD tests
CD
(643 MB)
CD
(73 mins Audio)
DVD
(4.33 GB)
DVD+R/RW DVD-R/RW
average
transfer rate (x)
30 30 30 30 12 NA 6 6 6 6
total
seek time (ms)
192 176 159 163 172 NA 172 173 172 170
CPU
utilization in %
7 8 11 8 90 NA 80 47 80 52
Media
recognition time (secs)
5 5 7 6 6 NA 11 8 11 11

Sudarshana Mishra

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