Quote:> >Has anyone used the Smart 100X CD-ROM....
I have serious doubts as to the existance of this device. 100 x 4.3218 Mhz
is 432.18 Mhz clock speed to process the bitstream being read from the
head. Forget it.
Quote:> Hounsetly, there is no reason to use a CD that's any faster than 6 or
> 8X, anything else is overkill. The only thing they accellerate is
No, there is reason. Try reading consecutive data (stream) and timing it.
Ie: DAE is a good reason.
Quote:> copying files, I.E. installing software, but most programs, while they
> are being used, actually spin the CD down to 4X, or even 2X.
> Seriously, pop in a game sometime and put your ear next to the CD-
> first copy a large file from the CD to the HD, then actually run the
> program- you can hear the drive spinning way down.
That spin down is usually associated with most current drives switching
between CLV/CAV mode. Keep in mind that they don't promise you 32x, they
promise you 32x as the BEST transfer rate (ie: The outside of the disc).
Drives like the Plextors are advertised as 12-20 or 14-32, because thats
the speed range the drive can sustain (providing the surface and BLER rate
is below the required threshold to re-seek/re-read).
Quote:> Don't waste your money on these 24X, 32X, or 100X cd... instead, look
> for a drive with an extremely low access time, or spend your money on
> a drive with other cool stuff, like a CD jukebox or slot-loader.
I agree wholeheartedly with the reliability factor, but there most
definately is a speed issue to be examined. Just ensure that the drive is
Quote:> -Been using 4x or less for years, never a problem.
...and I've had over 100 different CD and DVD variants - with 1000's of
associated problems. :)