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TDK VeloCD 24x10x40x CD-RW Review

Former staff writer    -   September 22, 2001


Installation

Hardware installation went smoothly, thanks to a ton of helpful materials that TDK included in the box. In addition to an IDE cable and more than enough mounting screws, there was a clear and well-illustrated foldout guide, as well as a VHS tape with detailed instructions. The box didn't include paper guides for the software though; they were all on CD.

Here is a "breakdown" on the installation steps:

1) Turn off your computer and unplug everything in the back.
2) Open your case and take out your old CD/CDRW drive if you have one already installed.
3) Slide your new TDK 24x10x40 in an emtpy drive bay and fasten it in, with the provided screws.
4) Plug in power with an available molex connector and connect your IDE cable to the drive.
5) Put your case back on, and plug everything up in the back.


This is the TDK Digital Mix. It allows you to rip music CD's, burn music to CD, and it also play's mp3s and CD's.


MusicMatch 6 is a Jukebox where you can store playlists, play many types of media like: mp3, wav, cd, ect..

Testing

-Test rig
  • Abit KT7A-RAID
  • 768MB PC-133
  • Voodoo5 5500
  • SB Live! Value
  • TDK 24x10x40 :)

    ReWrite Testing- Nero 5.5 CD Burning
    I used Nero 5.5 to burn a 738MB ISO to a CD at the maximum speed, 10x. The times are from when I pressed the burn button, until the CD was ejected from the burner. The actual burning time would be about 20-30secs less than the times you see.

    10x ReWrite Time Taken – 6 minutes 35 seconds

    Write Testing- Nero 5.5 CD Burning
    In this test I burnt 784 files, which was 751Megs (71:57:47) in size and I burnt at 24x speed. Keep in mind the times are from when I pressed the burn button until the cd ejected from the burner. The actual burning time would be about 20-30secs less than the times you see.


    24x Write Time Taken – 5 minutes 13 seconds

    In this test I burnt a ISO, Mandrake 8.0 Ext iso to be exact. The ISO was 648MB and I burnt it at 24x speed on a 700mb 80min 24x CDR. Keep in mind the times are from when I pressed the burn button until the cd ejected from the burner. The actual burning time would be about 20-30secs less than the times you see.

    24x Write Time Taken – 4 minutes 12 seconds


    10x ReWritable Quick Format/Erase Time Taken - 0 minute 48 seconds


    In this test I extracted 15 songs off of a CD, and I was supprised how fast it went! It was about 4.6secs on average per song!

    40x Audio Extraction Time Taken - 1 minute 09 seconds



    Nero CD Speed is a very useful benchmarking tool. Results do however depend on the size of the disc. Starting speed was also good at 17X. The ending speed would have been alot higher, prob over 40x but I did not have a 800mb cD to test with. The bigger the size of the CD the longer it takes to complete the benchmark, therefore giving it more time to reach the 40x mark.

    The random seek time of 127ms is a very good score. The 1/3 seek time of 139ms is also very good. The only problem we might point out here is the full seek at 257ms. Seek time numbers are also affected by the size of the disc.

    CPU usage wise the TDK won’t demand a whole lot of attention from your CPU. At 8x the CPU usage was only 10%. Disc Recognition time on the TDK came in at almost 0.87 seconds! The eject time was acceptable at 3.30 and the disc load time of 10.68 isn't the best in the world.

    Conclusion

    One of the best, if not the best 24x10x40 CDRW that you can buy on the market today. There is alot of power packed into the TDK VeloCD 24x10x40 burner, but it isn't perfect. The full seek time isn't so great at 257ms, and the cd load time is on the slow side also. The software bundle was very good, but I wish they would have included Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum. The Burn-Proof technology is awesome! I was able to play winamp, talk on icq, and surf the web while burning Mp3s. I bet I could have even played Counter Strike and still have a perfect burn :) Although I'm sure the FPS in the game would be really low. All in all I think this is the very best CDRW you can buy, and especially for the money!

    *This product will be featured in our upcoming project, "The Ultimate Gamers Machine".


    Pros:
    • Blazing Write and ReWrite speeds!
    • Great software bundle
    • Burn-Proof technology!
    • 40x Digital Audio extracting!

    Cons:
    • Alittle bit loud when it spins up.
    • Full seek time was kinda high
    • Disk load time, takes up to 10secs



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