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Asus CD-S500 CD-ROM Drive Review - Asus CD-S500 CD-ROM Drive Review
Tue, March 21 2000 | 1:49PM | PermaLink Feedback?
PCinsight has posted up its review of the Asus CD-S500 CD-ROM drive. Found a couple of surprises in that it runs faster than a 52x drive at times. Here is a small part of the review: "At first glance, the results are something one would normally expect from a 50x drive. The performance in the inner and outer tracks lie pretty much between the 52x and the 48x drives. The same could be said for the CD Winmark scores. CPU Utilization is a bit higher on the Asus 50x drive, albiet marginally. The performace differences are not very dramatic under this benchmark. The number to look out for is the CPU access time of the 3 drives where the Asus 50x comes out the clear winner. We all know that in hard disks, the access times are so low already that 1-3 milliseconds do not make much of a difference in overall hard disk performance. When turning to CD-ROM drives, the story is a bit different. In fact, the Asus 50x drive's access is up to 30ms+ lower than 2 drives compared. After one of the tests, this benchmark suite reported the access time to be as low as 68.5ms! So what am I getting at? You will see the explanation later on after the real world benchmarks are displayed."
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