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-- Samsung 40X12X40 SW-240B CDRW
-- 09.10.2002
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   We have gone and tested a few of Samsung's quality optical drives as of late, so it does not surprise us that they have released an update to their previous CD re-rewriter.  The previous drive was rated at 32X while the newest addition to their line is the 40X which we will be taking a look at today.

   Just like it's younger brother, this 40X12X40 CD-RW incorporates similar technology.  To prevent buffer underuns a hefty 8MB buffer is used by the drive.  If that was not enough, also include is the Super Link technology.  When Super Link is used, it monitors the buffers and slows/stops burning when incoming data buffer is empty.  It then resumes when the data catches up later on.  This helps in preventing burning 'coasters'.  The drive also incorporates DVA(Dynamic Vibration Absorber) which helps dampen the noise level of the drive during operation.

   The drive design is sleek with the bevel shape of the cd tray.  The large eject button lights up faintly from the LED to its left while the drive is in use.  Audio and headphone adjustment is available on the front of the drive.  The rear of the unit has the standard audio, jumper, IDE and power connects.  The drive comes as master from the factory, you may wish to change this according to your own system configuration.

   Here are the specs on this unit from Samsung:

Data Transfer Rate: Record: 40X (6,000 KB/sec)
Rewrite: 12X (1,800 KB/sec)
Read: 40X (6,000KB/sec)

Burst Transfer Rate: PIO Mode 4 (16.6 MB/sec)
DMA Mode 2 (16.6 MB/sec)

Recording Capacity: CD-RW Disc 700/650MB (type 80/74)
CD-R disc 800/700/650/550MB (Type 90/80/74/63)

Average Access Time: 110ms

Interface: EIDE/ATAPI

Buffer Memory: 8MB


Drive Mounting: Horizontal/Vertical

Supported Disc: CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA ,CD-ROM
Video-CD, CD-I, Photo CD ,CD-Extra, CD-TEXT

Audio: S/N Ratio >75dB
Channel Separation >65dB

Writing Method: DAO(Disc At Once), TAO(Track At Once)
SAO(Session At Once), Multisession, Packet Writing
(Variable, Fixed Packet)

Physical : Dimensions (WxHxD mm) : 148.2 x 42 x 184

Weight: 0.77

   The manual is understandable with simple diagrams that show what to do.  EZ CD-Creator and Direct CD.  EZ CD Creator is the basic version, which is missing a few options for audio and data creation like mixed mode and enhanced CDs.  Direct CD gives you the option of making your new 40X burner act like a floppy.  You can send files directly to it via drag and drop operation.

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