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ASUS DRW-0402P/D DVD±R/RW Drive Review
High Capacity on a Budget

By Chris Angelini
January 28, 2004

CD/DVD Performance Tests
Nero Burning ROM Ultra 6


Nero CD-DVD Speed - CD Data Test:

In our first run of Nero CD-DVD Speed we'll focus our efforts on standard CD-ROM performance.  With this benchmark, we loaded a 698MB CD-R full of .mp3 files in the drive and let CD-DVD Speed run through its cycle of tests.  As you browse these charts, be aware that the green line through each reflects the corresponding drive's transfer rate and the yellow line indicates rotational velocity. 


ASUS DRW-0402P/D

ASUS DRW-0402P

Plextor PX-708A

Interestingly, the DRW-0402P/D and DRW-0402P perform nearly identically in the CD data read test, attaining the same start, finish, and average speeds, which actually top out above the rated maximum, 32x.  Both drives share fairly low CPU usage attributes and relatively bad seek times, though not the worst we've seen.  Keep in mind that even while the Plextor drive sports higher read times, better access rates, and a better burst speed, it's also significantly more expensive that the ASUS offering.


Nero CD-DVD Speed - CD Audio Test:

To test each drive's audio extraction performance, we used the Apollo 13 soundtrack, composed by James Horner.  In order to determine how well each drive extracts audio tracks, sectors are copied to the hard drive from three different locations on the CD.  The same sectors are read again and compared to the sectors written to the hard drive.  Depending on the number of differences, the DAE quality will be rated from 0 to 10, with 10 being a perfect score.


ASUS DRW-0402P/D

ASUS DRW-0402P

Plextor PX-708A

Whereas the Plextor PX-708A maintains a uniform rotational velocity and access pattern, both ASUS drives perform erratically here.  Based on the number of tracks and the spacing of the dips, it seems logical that both ASUS drives might have been slowing down at the beginning of each track, quickly recovering to resume prior performance.  Further subjective testing revealed that playback was still smooth, despite the odd behavior. All three drives scored perfect 10's for digital audio extraction, though the ASUS models still looked to suffer high seek times and low burst rates.


Nero CD-DVD Speed - DVD Data Test:

In the next two tests we focused on the drive's DVD reading performance.  Each drive is configured to perform differently based on whether a DVD movie or DVD data disk is inserted in the drive.  We started by placing in a DVD+R containing 4.4GB of large files (a couple of CD images) and smaller files (folders full of .mp3 music).
 


ASUS DRW-0402P/D

ASUS DRW-0402P

Plextor PX-708A

Both ASUS drives perform similarly for the third time.  That is, they start reading at nearly 5x, slowly creeping up to 6.5x.  Once again, the seek times were nothing to write home about, especially compared to the incredibly competent PX-708A.  Unfortunately, the DRW-0402P had a problem completing the Full seek time test, which persisted despite a re-installation of Nero.  All three drives posted surprisingly high CPU utilization numbers.

CD-R/DVD+R Write Tests & Conclusion  

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