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TDK 48x24x48x 2nd Edition (Exclusive)
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 31st January, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

Nero Burning ROM v5.5.9.17 Tests

In this last test conducted on Nero Burning ROM v5.5.9.17, we grabbed the same variety of CD-R media used in our previous CD-RW articles and gave this TDK 2nd Edition drive a good workout. The CD-RW tests were done on an Ultra Speed unmarked (based on Mitsubishi dye) 24x-rated CD-RW media, with the CD-ROM drive used in our on-the-fly recording test being a Samsung 52x drive. And since the drive was hyped to be faster, if not as fast as 52x writers, we decided to pit the 2nd Edition against the Lite-On 52x24x52x and the AOpen 52x24x52x drives. While we didn't put the first 48x24x48x to the tests here, we'll highlight some of the improvements (if any) gained in our conclusion below.

Click me!! 48x Full CAV performance with the 2nd Edition writer. Note that it hit beyond 48x.

Click me!! With CD-RW writing, the drive utilizes the P-CAV strategy instead. (Although CD Speed mistaken it for CLV here, a bug definitely)

The 2nd Edition is one of those drives where you can't turn off its optimal recording speed control (it isn't stated in the specifications, but it does have such a control). From the results above, we can indeed see that the TDK 2nd Edition 48x24x48x drive is capable of matching the fastest 52x CD-RW drives out there. Kudos must really go to the TDK engineers for managing to finetune the 2nd Edition's firmware to give it such an edge. Media compatibility also doesn't seem to be an issue here as we can see, although the TDK drive seems to favor Hitachi-dye based CD-Rs. But the drive seems to be very much capable of going beyond the 48x-write limit as we can see from the CD Speed Blank CD-R test. Perhaps a new 52x firmware is in the pipeline? Your guess is as good as ours.

Also of worthy mention is the fact that the drive is one really fast re-writable drive too, partly due to the fact that it adopted the faster P-CAV writing strategy. But as with many other high-speed writers, the TDK 2nd Edition still lag behind the Lite-On 52x when it comes to on-the-fly burning. A look at the Nero CD Quality test, which was tested on the burnt Maxell CD-R, we can see that the writer isn't just one that writes fast, but pretty much a stable one too.

Quality check under Nero CD Speed.

We also did additional burning tests on this drive with the following results -
  • It is able to perform up to only 90 minutes overburning.
  • It is able to copy discs with certain types of sub-channel data information in our CloneCD tests.
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