HH Test System and Drive Capabilities
Plextor PX-712SA DVD+/- R/RW
Albatron 875P Motherboard
Utilities and Media Used For Testing
Before we start running our tests, we should take a minute to assess the drive's underlying feature set. To do this we used Nero InfoTool.
|Plextor PX-712SA||Artec Dual DVD|
The PX-712SA covers the spectrum of capabilities nicely. The only features not supported are DVD-RAM or DVD+R DL (Dual Layer). Other than that, the drive sports a wide array of features for maximum flexibility and compatibility. You may notice that the drive reported a top CD speed of 48X, however, Plextor sets the drive to run at 40X by default, the top speed they recommend CD media run at without incurring any errors. This is achieved by implementing their SpeedRead Technology which locks CD reads to 40X and DVD movie playback to 2X. For testing CD-R performance we set the drive to run at the top speed for CDs. We will show the differences with DVD movie playback further on.