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


Even though both burners made a consistently good impression on us, e s at one point or another a few issues we struggled with. In particular, the Asus model with firmware 1.0 did not want to do its job in front of another drive on the IDE line for inexplicable reasons. Every attempt to start a burn process with an Asus 50x CD-ROM drive connected behind the burner ended with an unknown burner status. Only when we hung the burner behind the CD-ROM drive on the IDE bus were all the CDs we had made usable. The Yamaha burner, on the other hand, had no problems with either of these two constellations. Another bug in the Asus recorder, which can clearly be traced back to the firmware, was noticed when burning at 24 times the speed. The Asus CRW-3212A simply didn't want to be pushed into this mode here. Practically disregarding our specifications, he wrote the data at 32 times the speed on the blank disc. For this reason he was also in this oneFall faster than the model from Yamaha, which despite this trick ranks just behind the model from Asus. Otherwise the Asus CRW-3212A did not cause us any problems.

Asus is burning correctly with 32x
Asus ignores 24x setting

In contrast to the Asus recorder, the Yamaha CRW3200E did not cause any nasty surprises. However, there is also something to complain about here. The Yamaha burner supports the CD-MRW format, but unfortunately the current Microsoft operating systems cannot do anything with it. There is also no software update for Windows XP or Windows 2000 yet. An adapted version of Ahead InCD provides this support for Windows 98 only. However, they are working feverishly to extend this support to Windows XP as well, but since the last InCD update in September 2001 (as of February 2002) there has been nothing new to report about this software. Microsoft itself assumes that this support will only be integrated in the Windows XP successor. Thus this function, which is really interesting in itself, inevitably remains unused.

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