Test Freaks recently played around with a Samsung SH-S223Q, a burner that promise DVD write speeds of 22x. While that may be too fast for now (the review writer admits that “there is no media capable of that yet that I know of”), the Super-Writemaster may actually represent a long-term fixture on your constantly updated desktop. The money quote:
There’s no doubt the Samsung Super Write-Master is most likely the fastest drive out there today, it’s quiet and from my testing results you can see it burns media pretty fast. The drive is also fairly quiet, which is very nice as some drives are very loud, I also had no problems with any media compatibilities either, it played every disc I put in just fine.
Speed comparison graphs and more pictures available from image source.
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