Is there a program that takes advantage of the 52x writing capability? ezcd5 shows that the actual max it really writes is around 32x or so. I have used fireburner, and clonecd, as well as some of the others but none of them really show what the burn speed is. Its not so terribly necessary to burn that fast, but the drive says it can so id like to see it.
No drive is capable of sustaining 52x across the entire surface. Spinning a disc fast enough to permit 52x writes at the beginning (near the spindle) will cause the disc to fly apart.
CloneCD (at least, the version I'm running) reports actual current burn speed on my 24x LiteOn drive. It even shows the pause as that Z-CLV drive "shifts gears". It doesn't show an overall average (something that for the life of me I can't imagine why I'd need anyway).
Your Sony -- actually a rebadged LiteOn -- starts at 24x and gradually accelerates to 52x at the end of the disc. Unless you record all the way to the end of the disc, the drive will not approach 52x.
Somewhat. It depends on the drive. My 24x burns at 16x for a few minutes, 20x for a few more, then goes to 24x. cubcake1's new 52x drive starts at 24x and ramps up to 52x, making that drive somewhat under twice as fast (the 24x actually averages about 21x across an 80minute disc, the 52x averages about 39x or so).
Quite a bit of the speed advantage of the faster drives occurs in the latter part of the disc, which isn't always used. It takes almost 40 minutes (of capacity) for a 52x drive to reach 40x, so burning a copy of a typical popular CD, for example, never uses the additional speed capability of the high speed burner.
The argument could be made that drive manufacturers are being somewhat deceptive in their claimed drive speeds, I suppose, but it's probably not any worse than hard drive makers who've redefined a gigabyte as 1 billion bytes.
Cubcake1, how loud is your 52x24x52? Mine is pretty loud, although it is a cheesy Memorex. No quality problems yet, though! I'm wondering if it is just the nature of a 52x burner that makes it loud, or if it doesn't use ABS vibration control, like I think the Sony line does.
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