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   The SW-224B also incorporates sound dampening technology like ARS (Acoustic Noise Reduction System), ABS (Automatic Ball Balancing System), and DVA (Dynamic Vibration Absorber).  The ARS basically causes a muffler effect to occur when the CD is spinning at high speed, which dampens noise.  The ABS decreases vibration caused by unbalanced CDs rotating at high speed.  The DVA reduces the vibration of the disk and the loading mechanism reducing operating noise.  Due to these technologies the SW-224B is one of the quietest drives I have ever used.  You can read more about these technologies here.

   To benchmark this drive we burned a 656 meg ISO using NERO 5.5 and Nero CDSpeed.  The system specs are as follows: Iwill KK266R+, 1.4 Ghz Tbrid, Windows 2000, DMA enabled.  I will be comparing the Samsung with a Plextor 16X10X32.

Burn Test


Samsung 24X10X40

Plextor 16X10X32


3m 49s

5m 19s


7m 43s

 7m 54s


Nero CDSpeed 2000
  Samsung 24X10X40 Plextor 16X10X32
Speed (burn) 22.60x 17.01x
DAO Quality 10 10
Random Seek Time 83 ms 132 ms

   As was to be expected the Samsung was faster than the Plextor.  It is interesting to note that the Samsung on the CDRW test burned faster than the Plextor, where as  the previous Samsung drive the CDRW test was slower.

   Samsung has produced yet another quality drive and the fact that this unit is only $80 makes it one hell of a deal.  Try finding a 24X drive at that price, I'm sure you won't find any with all these features.

   Thanks to Stalin over at Samsung for providing us this sample unit, take a look at their other consumer products on their website.


  • Good Performance
  • Super Link
  • Quiet
  • Very Affordable


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