For the writing tests, Kodak Ultima 80 24X and Fuji 24X (Tayo Yuden) brand CD-Rs were used. The re-write tests used Memorex Platinum and Ricoh branded CD-RWs. The write test was conducted using an ISO of NBA Live 2003. It is about 605MB in size ripped from the CD using the 332b.
I took the average speed between the two medium for the CD-R write speed test. It took 3 minutes and 38 seconds for a complete burn. This includes lead out writing times.
The CD-RW took 7 minutes and 25 seconds for a complete write at 10X speed. Again, this is an average between two different CD-RW medias. Erasing the the re-writeable disc took 39 seconds using quick erase through Nero Burning Rom.
The speeds of this combo drive are not at all near the speeds of current offerings. Although that is the case, this drive performs very well, especially for its dual usage capabilities. One thing I noticed while using the unit was that when burning MP3s to create an audio CD, popping noises can be heard sometimes during playback. This may actually be caused by badly encoded MP3s, as it only happens on certain tracks. Nothing major, but something to look out for when you are creating your own compilation.
Overall, at a extremely low price of about $80.00 USD, this is a steal. No where else will you get a DVD drive AND a CD-RW at this speed for less money. Combine the ease of use, speed and and overall low noise, this drive is definitely recommended. Top notch once again from the folks at Samsung.