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The Teac DV-W50D DVD±R/RW Drive
The Best of Both Worlds on a Budget

By, Jeff Bouton
August 28, 2003

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Utilities and Media Used For Testing

  • SiSoft SANDRA MAX3!

  • Nero InfoTool

  • Nero CD-DVD Speed

  • Nero Burning ROM 6

  • Nero DAE

  • Music Match 8.0 for MP3 Encoding

  • An audio CD 63:33:02 in Length

  • 4.0GB of MP3 files for all DVD Data Tests

  • 703MB of MP3 files for all CD Data Tests

  • The Patriot on DVD for all DVD Movie Tests

  • 698MB AVI File

  • Media Used:
    -Philips 48X CD-R
    -Generic 2.4x DVD+R


CD-ROM Performance Tests - Teac DV-W50D
Speeding Things Along

Nero InfoTool:

Before we get started with the benchmarks, we like to run Nero InfoTool to show the scope of the drive's capabilities.  For this review we've included information from the Plextor PX-504A DVD+R/RW drive we reviewed back in April for a frame of reference.

Teac DV-W50D

While the two competitors share the same DVD write speeds, the Teac slips a few points with its 32X Read speed, compared to the Plextor 40X rating.  The Teac drive also shares most of the supported read features of the Plextor except for CD+G, which is a format for Karaoke CDs.  On the supported write format side of things, the Teac has all the capabilities of the Plextor with additional support for DVD-R/RW formats.

We found it interesting that the Teac drive reported a 2000KB buffer while the Plextor listed a 2MB buffer.  Either the Teac drive is not calculating the size properly or the drive has slightly less cache than 2MBs.  When calculating data amounts in regards to RAM and hard drive space, 1024KB equals 1MB.  When calculating bandwidth, 1MB is equal to 1000KB.  It seems that there is a minor calculation issue with this drive and Nero Info Tool, but the drive does in fact have a full 2MBs of cache.


Another utility we like to run is the CD/DVD module within SiSoft Sandra MAX3!.  We ran the module with a CD data disk in the drive and then with a DVD data disk to test the read performance of each drive.

Read Performance - CD Data

Teac DV-W50D - CD

Each drive's read performance was on par with the comparison systems of the Sandra MAX3! database.  You may have noticed that the Benchmark Breakdown system lists the Teac as a 14X drive while the Plextor was listed at 17X.  It appears that Sandra MAX3! reports the beginning speed of the drive rather than its peak rating which may confuse some people.  This will become clearer in the Nero CD Speed tests on the next page.

Read Performance - DVD Data

Teac DV-W50D - DVD

With the Data DVD performance we saw a different anomaly.  While the Teac DV-W50D is rated for 12X DVD, Sandra MAX3! lists the Benchmark Breakdown at 20X.  The Plextor was listed as 16X even though, like the Teac, it is rated for the same 12X DVD-ROM read speed.  We're not quite sure what the problem is with the benchmark, but the end results were on target for the drives.

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