Hi guys. I've done all the research on DVD ripping speeds and still can't figure this out. I've got a new Plextor 12X burner and a cheap Artec 16X Dvd-rom for a reader. The Plextor out of the box rips very fast (varies from 5X to 13X depending on the disk), but the Artec is usually around half of that (2X to 6X). This is based on DVD Decrypter on the exact same disk. I've tried all the usual stuff. It's in Ultra DMA 2 mode, stock firmware is up to date, I've tried 40 and 80 wire cables, and most recently I bought a Promise Ultra 133 TX2 IDE Controller thinking the problem was the secondary channel wasn't fast enough. That didn't help either. Currently I have 2 hard drives on the ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe Mobo in IDE 1, and the Plextor burner alone in the primary channel of IDE 2, and the Artec 16X in the primary channel on the Card's IDE1 all by itself. Computer is AMD XP2700+ with 1.5G ram, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe mobo, not overclocked. The asus has built in Ultra DMA 133 controller, and I have a Promise Ultra 133 PCI IDE Controller. Could it be that the Artec drive is just that bad?? It's rated at 16X and I can't think of any other bottlenecks to try. I did try putting the hard drives on the PCI IDE controller and the opticals on the Mobo, each with their own channel and that just resulted in slower hard drive reaction.