has always been good with Plextors; however, a little known fact is that many
CD readers (writers or not) have problems with media over 72 minutes (about
630MB). When these larger capacity (or more full) CD's are used, most readers
"limit" out at some obnoxiously slow speed, say 8X.
Data Ripping Speed
At an average
transfer rate of nearly 25X, this drive could be your only unit as mentioned
above. The seek times are OK for CD-R's but rather low compared to 40-56X
dedicated CD-ROM's. The burst rate is the best for any IDE drive I've tested
and is testimony to Plextor's excellent design. CPU utilization was very
low in spite of being an IDE unit. SCSI units don't do much better. The
test system used a C2 533MHz at 840MHz.
Audio Ripping Speed
a major surprise. The 15 to 24X rated speed mimicked the 40X max's, and I
was happy about testing at a slightly higher than spec 24.47X. Even large
audio CD's (over 72 minutes) showed no signs of minuscule ripping speeds,
a problem with nearly all CD-ROM's, even other Plextor's. It's possible though
not very likely that the 1210 may be able to rip at it's 32X max data speed
with a newer BIOS flash in the future, but for now the 22.49X average speed
places it above most 40-50X standard CD-ROM's. Kudos to the engineers at Plextor.
was a slight disappointment. I'm not posting the graphs as they waste too
much bandwidth; however, the 12-10-32 managed an average read speed of 6.8X
with the very same RW that it burned at 8.33X. I hope that this "glitch"
can be fixed with an upcoming BIOS.
are known for at least two things: reliability and usefulness when copying
"uncopy-able" CD's. In standard Plextor style, UT and my only copy
coded audio CD copied just fine with Adaptec's EZ CD Creator 4.02c. I could
not copy them at 12X speed though as the 12X'er decoded the audio and data
discs at about 300KB/s. Then I thought, "Why not pair the fastest writer
up with the fastest reader?" The Kenwood
72X IDE CD-ROM was installed and flashed up to the latest 221 BIOS (222
BIOS has now been released).
recommend for on the fly copying a reader capable of transfer rates at least
double the writing speed. For a 12X unit, this meant that the Kenwood would
have to supply audio and/or data at a rate no lower than 3.6MB/s or 24X. Not
even the Plextor 40X max reader can match that feat as it's minimum rip speed
is only 18X. The Kenwood and Plextor made an ideal high speed pair. Copying
all three CD types (audio, data, mixed mode) proved no sweat and the average
CPU utilization was a minuscule 10%.
this 1210 unit cost less than the SCSI 124Tsi model. Does this
indicate impending doom for the SCSI lineup? Since there are far more IDE
based boxes out there in computer land, manufacturers must consider the profits
from a dying market. While I have nothing personally against SCSI technology,
I'm beginning to wonder if it has much of a future where ATA100 is included
for free on i815 MB's.
I had the
time of my life with this 12-10-32 IDE drive. It did everything well and the
burn-proof technology prevents wasted time and an overabundance of blown CD
burns otherwise known as "coasters." I couldn't force the 1210 to
make a coaster. Once again, Plextor has produced a top notch product at a
reasonable price. The only reason it didn't score a perfect 10 out of 10 was
due to the slightly out of spec 10X re-writable speed. This is the very best
there is--Plextor has raised the bar once again.