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Asus CRW-3212A and Yamaha CRW3200E-VK in the test: Nero's favorites in the battle for the hot iron

Asus CRW-3212A and Yamaha CRW3200E-VK in the test: Nero's favorites in the battle for the hot iron

Technology and specials

Before we move on to our test results, let's take a look at the special features and practice used techniques of the presented burner. The results of our benchmarks can also be understood much better with the help of these technical principles. The newest burner from Asus is supposed to start here as well.

Yamaha and Asus from the front
Yamaha and Asus from below

Asus technology

As already mentioned at the beginning, the latest Asus burner also finds its place on the computer's standard IDE bus. The special features of the Asus burner's technology are also to be found with a magnifying glass, apart from the actual burning speed. Like all current high-end burners, it offers integrated protection against buffer underruns, which Asus bears the name FlextraLink.

There is not much to say about the functionality of FlextraLink, because this technology works almost exactly like all technologies of this type. As soon as the data stream is interrupted for whatever reason between the burner and the hard drive, for example, FlextraLink also suspends the burn process for a short time so as not to end up in a notorious buffer underrun. As soon as the buffer is filled again, the burn process is continued at exactly the same point. If this technology were not used, the buffer integrated in the burner would be empty within a few seconds at such a high burning speed, so that the burner practically writes to nothing. Since the Asus recorder we tested can only fall back on 2 MB of internal memory, interrupting the data stream at a burn speed of 32x (4800kb/s) would lead to an error within about 0.25 seconds. This means that writing with FlextraLink is practically mandatory with the Asus burner. In this way, on-the-fly copying from CD to CD is also possible without problems if both CD-ROM and CD-R/RW are on the same strand.

Asus drawer
Asus from the front
from behind

In order not to reach the limits of the medium when writing, Asus has provided a function with FlextraSpeed ​​technology that automatically maximizes the speed determined for the inserted medium. However, even FlextraSpeed ​​is not one of the exceptional features, as the competition has theirsRecorders with similar technologies, albeit with a different name.

In order to ensure sufficient smoothness when reading CDs, Asus is also making the second version of the self-developed Double Dynamic Suspension System available for this product Page. In a listening comparison, however, you can hardly see any difference in the background noise between the Asus and the Yamaha drive.

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