iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail







  • ATAPI, ATA-4 interface, UDMA support. 
  • Formats supported
    • DVD-ROM : DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-R (Disc-at-once and Multi border), DVD-RW , DVD+RW DVD-R, DVD-RW 
    • CD-ROM : CD-ROM Mode 1, CD-ROM XA Mode 2 (Form 1, Form 2) Photo CD (Single & Multi Session) CD-DA (4-10X at Play audio, 16X at data extraction) CD Extra (CD plus), CD-I , Super Video CD CD-RW (Supports Addressing Method 2), CD-TEXT 

  • Reads 8cm and 12cm DVD and CD
  • Data buffer: 512 Kbyte 
  • Data rate: 
    • DVD Transfer Rate 16x (21600 KB/s) 
    • CD Transfer Rate 48x (7200 KB/s) 

  • Access time: 
    • DVD 85 ms 
    • CD 85 ms 

  • Installation: horizontal and vertical
  • MTBF 100,000POH (20% duty) 
  • Weight: 1.05 Kg. 

This is the first TEAC's solution on the DVD-ROM market, and the mod asceticism trends hasn't affected this drive yet. That is why the drive can properly play Audio CD-ROM without PC's help. The front panel has a rubber layer to reduce noise and protect from dust. The tests must be very interesting as TEAC is considered a company producing high-quality and efficient devices. 

Additional information on the device

Nero CD-Speed

EAC Configuration Wizard

As usual, both programs have different attitude toward processing C2 errors. But I trust EAC more because this program extracts audio tracks itself, and if it says it can use C2, it means it. 

Test results

Quality of operation with CDs

CDWinBench 99

  • CDWinMark99 - 2690 
  • CD-ROM Transfer Rate 
    • Inside - 2910 KB/s 
    • Outside - 5650 KB/s 

  • CPU utilization - 1.25% 
  • CD-ROM Access Time - 75.8 ms 

Testing with a standard CD

  TEAC DV-516E
Average Speed 27.42x
Start Speed 15.72x
End Speed 36.41x
Random Seek 85 ms
1/3 Seek 95 ms
Full Seek 169 ms
Reading type CAV
CPU usage 1x 0%
Accurate stream Yes
DAE quality Score 10
SpinUp Time 0.23
SpinDown Time 3.56
Disc Recognition Time 0.01 sec

CD-ROM Drive Analyzer

CD-R reading

CD-RW reading

In the tests the drive had several problems of detection of the test CD-RW. When the drive could detect it, it read the disc at a high speed.  Scratched CD reading

Advanced DAE Quality(Nero CD-Speed)

Offset 2256 bytes ( 564 samples)
Sequential Read Test Average Speed: 29.37 X 
Data Errors: 0 
Sync Errors: 0
Harmonica Read Test Average Access Time: 119 ms
Data Errors: 0
Sync Errors: 0 

Total Data Errors: 0
Total Sync Errors: 0
Quality Score: 100.0

On The Fly Copying Simulation Copying at 1 X
Copying at 2 X
Copying at 4 X
Copying at 6 X
Copying at 8 X
Copying at 10 X
Copying at 12 X
too slow
Copying at 16 X
too slow
CD Text Drive is capable of reading CD Text information
Subchannel Data Test 1
Track (01): 01
Relative position (01:05.00): 01:05.40 -> incorrect!
Absolute position (01:07.00): 01:07.40 -> incorrect!
Index (5): 5

Test 2
Track (17): 23 incorrect!
Relative position (01:33.00): 01:51.40 -> incorrect!
Absolute position (33:35.00): 51:53.40 -> incorrect!
Index (1): 1

Test 3
Track (36): 53 incorrect!
Relative position (00:00.00): 02:30.40 -> incorrect!
Absolute position (70:02.00): 112:02.40 -> incorrect!
Index (1): 1

Leadin Drive cannot read data from the Leadin 
Leadout Drive cannot read data from the Leadout

CD audio track extraction (CDDAE 99, EAC)

CDDAE scores

  Licensed disc Pirated disc
Average extraction speed 27.6x 26.5x
Total errors 0.00% 0.00%
EAC scores (superb quality) 

  Licensed disc Pirated disc
Average extraction speed 7.8x 7.6x
Total errors 0.00% 0.00%

Direct copying of information from 780 MB CD-R (90 min.) to HDD

The drive copied the 780MB disc flawlessly. Copy time is 4 min. 40 sec. 

Quality of operation with DVD

Nero DVD Speed

Testing with the one-layer DVD

  TEAC DV-516E
Average Speed 6.36x
Start Speed 3.58x
End Speed 8.48x
Random Seek 92 ms
1/3 Seek 106 ms
Full Seek 171 ms
Reading type CAV
CPU usage 1x 1%
SpinUp Time 0.23 sec
SpinDown Time 2.56 sec
Disc Recognition Time 0.0 sec

Testing with the two-layer DVD

  TEAC DV-516E
Average Speed 5.91x
Start Speed 3.28x
End Speed 3.56x
Random Seek 107 ms
1/3 Seek 107 ms
Full Seek 172 ms
Reading type CAV
CPU usage 1x 1%
SpinUp Time 0.23 sec
SpinDown Time 2.41 sec
Layer Change Time 85 ms
Disc Recognition Time 0.0 sec

Compatibility with recordable DVD

DVD-R reading

  DVD-RW reading

  DVD+RW reading

Unfortunately, the drive couldn't detect the test DVD+R disc. 

DVD-Video playback with Cyberlink PowerDVD 4.0

The DVD video was played without any problems. No artifacts were noticed. The quality wasn't affected either when the layer was changed. 


  • Tray - 6/10 
  • CD 
    • Seek - 4/10 
    • General noise - 7/10 

  • DVD 
    • Seek - 4/10 
    • General noise - 7/10 

On the whole, the drive works noisy at the maximum speed, especially the 'seek' operation. It's possible to reduce the speed only using external programs (CDBremse, Nero DriveSpeed). The speed can be lowered in 1x steps. 


In operation with the unbalanced discs the drive performed quite well, though it vibrated a little. However, it didn't prevent the drive from reading the disc successfully at the high speed. 

Thermal conditions

The thermal conditions are good. The measurements were taken after 2-hour intensive operation. 
T inside the PC case - 36°C 
T of the upper surface - 44°C 
T of the lower surface - 45°C 

Possibility to make it multizone (RPC-1)

According to www.firmware-flash.com/ it's still impossible to change the drive status from RPC-2 (region locked) to RPC-1 (region free).


Well, the drive hasn't come up to our expectations. The drive is quite noisy though it works at a very high speed. In the tests the drive had some problems with detection of some CD and DVD media. Actually, this is a standard drive without any bells and whistles. 

Roman Shelepov(srl@ixbt.com)

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