HH Test Bed and Nero InfoTool
Next, we'll turn our focus to the performance of the DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD drive, assessing its read and write capabilities. As a frame of reference, we've compared the performance of the drive to an ASUS DRW-1604P, which boasts similar functionality.
MSI DR16-B Dual Layer DVD+/- R/RW
Utilities and Media Used For Testing
Nero InfoTool is a simple-to-run utility that catalogues a drive's functionality by polling its firmware. Here we lined up MSI's DR16-B with an ASUS DRW-1604P for reference.
Both drives cover a broad range of fucntionality, although the MSI DR16-B doesn't support DVD-RAM as the comparison model does. However, The DR16-B holds an advantage in CD-R write performance at 40X over the ASUS' 32X. Both sport the same CD read speeds at 40X. Additionally, each drive offers 16X DVD+/-R write support, although this is dependant on a limited collection of supported media, some rated for 8X. With Dual Layer writing, the MSI drive sports 2.4X recording whereas the ASUS drive can do 4X with 2.4X media.