|-- Tests and Conclusions
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Our test bed for this drive will be:
- Intel P4 2.4B Confidential
- Asus P4B533
Our tests will basically utilize Nero's
optical drive tools and 3 burn tests with an average score
calculated for CD-R and CD-RW media. The benchmark tests are
free to download, so you may try them yourselves on your own drives.
This is the drive with a 10X rated CD-RW
in place. This screen shows the various read and write
features associated with the drive.
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The drive's read speed was under par
compared to what it is rated at. This is not un-common, I
haven't seen one drive post speeds on the dot with its own rating.
This does not mean it is slow by any means, just take a look at the
average and final read speed.
CD-DAE (digital audio extraction) was
perfect, producing zero errors from a 17 track audio CD.
Overall time took a little over 4 minutes, finishing with a near 35X
Our burn test are averaged over 3 tries
on the same media using the same 605MB iso rip of NBA Live 2003.
The CD-R test was conducted using the Kodak Ultima and Fuji (Tayo
Yuidens). Since the Kodak was not able to burned at any speed
higher than 24X, we left that one out. The Fuji was able to
burn at 32X, which came into an average of 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
I also tried Samsungs own 32X rated CD-R, which was able to burn at
40X. It averaged 2 minutes and 41 seconds. Seems that
the speed tops off once you get closer to 52X.
I opted to skip the CD-RW burn test
since the only media we had was the 10X, this was completed at 7
minutes 37 seconds on 3 average test runs. Once we receive
some 24X rated media, we'll re-visit this once again with newer
So what does this all mean? Aside from
the fact that rated media is the only speed that the drive can
really 'burn', everything is great. The read and write speed,
the large buffer, sound dampening and buffer under-run technology
make this an excellent drive to own. Rated at 52X24X52, it is
one of the fastest drives on the market. If you're budget is
low, then this drive is perfect at about $60.
- Above average speeds
- Mt. Rainier format supported
- Just Link feature
- Just Speed can not be disabled, speeds locked at
rating set by media