Testbed and Methods
We used the following programs and utilities to explore the operational parameters of the drives:
- Nero CD-DVD Speed 4.04
- Nero Info Tool 3.01
- Nero Burning ROM version 188.8.131.52
- Nero CD DAE 0.4B
- Andre Wiethoff Exact Audio Copy (EAC) version 0.95 beta 3
- Nic Wilson DVDINFOPro 4.22
- Ziff Davis Media CD WinBench 99 version 1.1.1.
The testbed was configured like follows:
- Intel Bonanza D875PBZ mainboard
- Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz CPU
- IBM DTLA-307015 15GB hard disk drive
- GeForce2 MX400 64MB graphics card
- 512MB DDR SDRAM
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 and DirectX 9.0b installed
I tested the drive in the same state as I had received it (or as you would have it right after the purchase).
Nero Info Tool and DVDINFOPro
These utilities can report more information about the capabilities of the drive to us.
According to the info utilities, the drive supports nearly every function you might ever require from it, only excepting CD-G support.