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MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review

MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc, dual-layer DVD media 8.5GB of data.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Nov 19 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: CD Speed: DVD+RW, Conclusions

Nero CD Speed: DVD+RW Source: Ahead Software

Nero's CD Speed burn tests a DVD+RW rated to 2.4-4x. The disc is burned with files of about 4.7GB in size. This test is done by simply placing the blank recording media into the burner and running CD Speed. The software will detect the type of DVD media and run the appropriate test.

Nero CD Speed: DVD+RW


DVD+RW

Nero CD Speed: DVD+RW Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

Gigabyte GO-W0808A

LG GSA-4082B

Media DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW
Media Write Speed: 4x 4x 4x 4x
Avg Speed: 4x 4.30 4.02 4x
Start Speed: 3.99x 4.30 3.96 4x
End Speed: 4x 4.30 4.05 4x
Type CLV CLV CLV CLV

Here we see that the MSI DR16-B is able to live up to its specifications and burn properly at 4x speed.

Nero CD Speed: DVD+R DL Source: Ahead Software

Nero's CD Speed burn tests a DVD+R DL rated at 2.4x. The program emulates a burn that would fill the disc with 8.5GB of data. This test is done by simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running CD Speed the software.

Nero CD Speed: DVD+R DL


DVD+RW

Nero CD Speed: DVD+R DL Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

MSI DRI6-B

LG GSA-4120B

Media DVD+R DL DVD+R DL
Media Write Speed: 2.4x 2.4x
Avg Speed: 2.4 2.4
Start Speed: 2.39 2.4
End Speed: 2.4 2.4
Type CLV CLV

Dual layer media can be found in Canada if you search really hard, and here the MSI DRI6-B performs as expected. The test took 44 minutes 32 seconds to complete! It takes a long time to burn 8.5GB of data at 2.4x speed...

A good package

When it comes to computers, one general rule is that you can never have enough storage space. That's why technologies like dual-layer DVDs have entered into the mix, and will continue to evolve in the future.

Dual-layer DVD discs and burners are the next evolutionary step in the recordable media world. Now we can store an amazing 8.5GB of data on one disc, thanks to dual-layer recordable media which stores data on two planes instead of the normal one. Back up an entire system on one disk, and entire DVD movie, or a full MP3 collection!

The MSI DR16-B Dual Layer optical drive we reviewed today is one of the most advanced burners out there; it is able to write to conventional DVD+\-R media at 16x, dual layer media at 2.4x, rewritable DVDs at 4x and reading at a quick 16x. With regular CDs, the drive can write at 40x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW and read at 40x.

Since this drive is just now hitting the retail markets, we can't wrangle a firm MSRP on it, but expect it to be priced competitively against the dual layer DVD burners which are on store shelves right now in the region of $199 CDN.

The performance of the MSI DR16-B was excellent. Its CPU utilization was a bit higher than normal but nothing out of the ordinary for a DVD unit. Those of you who like your PCs to be as quiet as possible will be happy with the DR16-B. It's a bit loud when it initially spins up, but that only lasts a few seconds. After that it's dead quiet even when reading DVD's at full speed, and it does not get hot either. It's nice to see MSI include the well-known and liked Nero Burning ROM program instead of some random CD burning application. So if you want to modernize your system, the MSI DR16-B is a great place to start!

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer DR16-B
 Pg 1.  MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review
 Pg 2.  Software and Media compatibility
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CDWinbench 99, Sandra
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed: DVD+RW, Conclusions

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