delivers the tools
does a nice job of bundling in the tools you'll
need to get most any job done. Here are
just a few screen captures from the various
applications that came with our drive.
Manager 2000 suite comes with a number of nifty
utilities including a "CD Ripping"
utility that allows you to convert CD Audio to
wave files. DiscDupe does just what you
might think. It makes exact replicas of a
standard CD and also allows you to use the
PlexWriter as a source and destination drive in
the system with its drive "image"
capabilities. This is a nice touch for
those that wish only to have one CD drive of any
kind installed but specifically need to make
copies of CD's.
CD Creator 4 (Audio Mode)
then there are the Adaptec ad-ins. CD
Copier is essentially just a CD Duplicator but
we found it to be a little more reliable and
stable when multi-tasking while cutting a
CD. CD Creator on the other hand, is a
very intuitive GUI driven CD Mapping and
Creating Tool, that really does a nice job of
giving you a good picture of the layout of the
CD you are creating.
the above screen capture, we decided to create
an audio CD but creating a data CD uses very
much the same interface. This utility lets
you drag and drop files to the layout window in
the bottom. It then tabulates the time in
minutes that are left on the CD that is
available for recording. All told, the
bundle with the PlexWriter series of CD-RW
drives is excellent and just about all you would
need to get any job done.
Hardware's Test System
4 with all the trimmings
Asus P4T Motherboard with Pentium 4 Processor @
Intel D850GB Motherboard with Pentium 4
Processor @ 1.5GHz.
256MB of Samsung PC800 RAMBUS DRDRAM,
IBM DTLA307030 30Gig ATA100 7200 RPM Hard Drive
nVidia GeForce 2 Ultra 64MB AGP Graphics Card,
Intel 100tx PCI NIC, 56K PCI Modem
Sound Blaster Live Sound Card,
Pioneer 10X/40X DVD/CD ROM Drive,
Plextor 16/10/40A CD-RW Drive
Direct X 8.0 and nVidia reference drivers
Intel chipset drivers version 2.80
with The PlexWriter 16/10/40A
performance... none too shabby
first area we'll look at is the read performance
of this drive. SiSoft Sandra will give us
a baseline metric versus our Pioneer DVD-104S
Pioneer 10X DVD / 40X
Plextore PlexWriter 16/10/40A
were very impressed with the fact that the
PlexWriter 16/10/40A could keep up and even
surpass a standard 10X DVD / 40X CD ROM
drive. Our impression of the Pioneer drive
was that it was fairly speedy. Next to the
Plextor drive, it pales somewhat now. So
far so good Plextor.
dig in a little deeper, shall we?