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Old Jun 20, 2003, 11:50 AM
celtic_druid celtic_druid is offline
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You will not be seeing at 72X drive. The fastest drive available is 54X and I really don't think that you will see anything faster as the media just can't handle it. The only way would be to use multiple lasers or something like that and why bother when you have DVD burners and new formats like blu-ray coming?
Old Jun 21, 2003, 02:31 AM
TheOtherBigAl TheOtherBigAl is offline
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Found this little tidbit, should help:

PlexWriter PX-W4012TA (40/12/40) - cdrw
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-02-26 13:34:10

I'm surprised about the expectations people have of faster CDR drives. Stating the obvious and being deliberately naive:

Take an 80 minute CDR, (ignoring issues like lead-in)

A single speed writer (1x) would take 80 minutes.

2x would take 40 minutes (the greatest improvement).

4x 20 mins.

8x 10 mins.

16x 5 mins (from this point on the laws of diminishing returns cut in sharply).

32x 2.5 mins (150 seconds).

48x 1.667 mins (100 seconds).

64x 1.25 mins (75 seconds).

Is it worth getting that excited about speeds above 16x?
Old Jun 22, 2003, 10:19 AM
RollieP RollieP is offline
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[i]Originally posted by TheOtherBigAl [/i]
[B]Is it worth getting that excited about speeds above 16x? [/B]
Exactly, I have a 16x burner and have seen no need to upgrade it.

Friends of mine have 32x and 48x burners, and are only marginally faster than my 16x.

digicube, save your money and upgrade something else.
Old Jun 22, 2003, 10:57 PM
Van Nugent Van Nugent is offline
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Yep, you folks are truly very correct but I still can't resist buying the darn $19 52x burners from Best Buy, CompUSA, Office Depot, OfficeMax... . Especially with free shipping and stores are now doing rebates much faster than yesterday.
Old Jun 23, 2003, 01:57 AM
Lazza Lazza is offline
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And when you compare say a 40X Plex against a 52X LiteOn there is just no comparison, I'd say the Litey would be 1 1/2 minutes a disc quicker than the is sooooo slow and even with the latest firmware can hardly burn any discs @ 40X. Man, even the 40X LiteOn was a minute faster! It was prolly just slower than my old 24X Litey all things considered

I had a Plex in my main system for a week before I went back to LiteOn, it was painful just waiting for it on the lead in never mind the burn.

So it's not just what speed the drive is capable of burning, brand and model definately come into play too. And as Van said CDRW drives are sooo cheap why mess around.
Old Sep 07, 2003, 10:44 PM
Mothumos Mothumos is offline
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I'd buy a 72X cd-rw drive if I was going from an old 4x. I didn't buy a new drive everytime they made a faster one, but after a while of having a 4x, I'd buy the 72X. The new drives are really cheap too, so why not.

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