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Plextor PX-B310U External PX-B310U Blu-Ray USB DVD Writer Review

Plextor PX-B310U External PX-B310U Blu-Ray USB DVD Writer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: On the test bench today is Plextor's PX-B310U external Blu-ray drive. In addition to Blu-ray playback (but not burning), this full sized external ODD, which connects to the PC over USB2.0 cable, doubles up as a DVD and CD burner. The PX-B310U supports DVD reading and writing in both the + and - formats, as well as reading and writing to DVD-RAM and Dual-Layered DVD discs.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Plextor Aug 07 2009   Julian Apong  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Plextor PX-B310U

Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM

Nero CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW Source: Ahead Software

Nero's CD Speed burn tests are done twice, once with a CD-R disc rated to 1x-52x burn speed, and again with a CD-RW rated to 4x-32x. Each disc was test with the same files, about 640MB in size. This test is performed by simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running CD Speed. The software will detect if it is CD-R or CD-R/W media and run the appropriate tests.

Nero CD Speed: CD-R/RW


CD-R

CD-RW

eNero CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW Benchmark Results
Optical Drive

ASUS BC-1205PT

LG GSA-H62N

Plextor

PXB310U

AOpen DSW1812P

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

Media CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW CD-R CD-RW
Media Write Speed: 48x 32x 48x 32x 48x 32x 48x 32x 48x 32x 48x 24x 40x 24x 32x 16x 52x 32x 24x 16x
Avg Speed: 22.06x 21.93x 35.34x 28.95x 37.25x 25.43x 32.62x

24.5x

23.86x 28.02x 32.58x 16.06x 30.16x 23.4x 28.45x 16.64x 34.01x 30.65x 19.29x 15.28x
Start Speed: 16.03x 16.03x 21.78x 16x 21.90x 16.05x 19.19x 16.04x 21.92x 16.02x 19.16x 16.03x 17.72x 17.78x 16.64x 16.64x 22.51x 21.77x 12.01x 12.01x
End Speed: 24.06x 24.05x 40.40x 32.17x 48.16x 32.09x 43.03x 32.1x 23.92x 32.05x 42.98x 16.03x 40.32x 24.45x 33.32x 16.64x 44.74x 32.25x 24.02x 16.02x
Type Z-CLV Z-CLV P-CAV Z-CLV CAV Z-CLV P-CAV Z-CLV P-CAV Z-CLV CAV CLV P-CAV P-CAV P-CAV CLV P-CAV P-CAV Z-CLV Z-CLV

These writing tests come out with some good numbers for the Plextor PX-B310U. It's the fastest CD-R writer by a wide margin, and maintains decent performance as a CD-RW as well.

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

ASUS BC-1205PT

LG GSA-H62N

Plextor

PXB310U

AOpen DSW1812P

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

Gigabyte GO-W0808A

LG GSA-4082B

Media DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW DVD+RW
Media Write Speed:

4x

4x 4x 4x 4x 4x 4x 4x 4x 4x
Avg Speed: 6.31x 4x 9.16x 4x 4.01x 4.05 4x 4.30 4.02 4x
Start Speed: 3.49x 4x 5.00x 3.89x 4.01x 3.98 3.99x 4.30 3.96 4x
End Speed: 8.43x 4x 12.26x 4.04x 4.01x 4.09 4x 4.30 4.05 4x
Type CAV CLV CAV CLV CLV CLV CLV CLV CLV CLV

The Plextor also has no problem smashing the other drives in the DVD-RW writing test, where it's considerably faster than the rated speeds for the media.

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Contents of Article: Plextor PX-B310U
 Pg 1.  Plextor PX-B310U External PX-B310U Blu-Ray USB DVD Writer Review
 Pg 2.  Blu-Ray and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: DVD+R DL, BD-DVD

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