I just upgraded systems, went to an i7, and I've noticed that when I do simple DVD copies ... using the system cd/dvd drive as the source and an external DVD burner (USB connected) for the target disc, it will take roughly 8 minutes.
My old system (a Quad Core) could do the same process in roughly 6 minutes.
I've read up a bit on DMA vs. PIO settings, though I can't seem to find out which setting my new system is on.
Both the old and new systems are Gateways, by the way.
Any insight would be helpful ... I do a lot of DVD copying (all legal).
Thanx in advance,