Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable 'layers' which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Obviously, dual-layer media can store quite a bit more information on each disc with this setup. We'll go deeper into how the technology works later in this article.
Today we're looking at MSI's new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD+/-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD+/-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4x. Of course you can still burn conventional CD recordable media and the MSI DR16-B flies along at 40x for CD-R, and 24x for CD-RW. Read speeds are listed at 16x for DVD media, 40x for CD. Included in the retail package are Nero Burning ROM, InterVideo WinCinema (which includes WinDVD Creator and WinDVD), mounting screws and a four pin analog audio cable.