I used CD Speed for the first time tonight on my Compaq OEM CD-ROM and LiteON CDRW.
I first used Nero Drive Speed to determine the max speeds for the CD-ROM and CDRW. Drive Speed reported that the CD-ROM speed was only 20X, and the CDRW was 48x, etc...
I used a store purchased music CD with 47 minutes of audio.
During the CD Speed test, my CD-ROM read speed remained at a 8X read, and the CD-ROM Spin rate adjusted downward to keep the read speed at that speed. I double checked with Drive Speed to ensure I hadn't tampered with the settings, and it was okay.
During the CD SPeed test of my CDRW, the CDRW read speed started around 16x, and then adjusted upwards to a final speed of 37x, and the CD spin rate also adjusted upwards as expected. Overall average speed was 29x.
What gives? Why does the CD-ROM stay at 8x? And why doesn't the CD-RW hit 48x?