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Samsung SW216 16-10-32 CDRW Review

Samsung SW216 16-10-32 CDRW Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Now a days, CD-R and CD-R/RW drives like the SW-216 are easy to come by and operate reliably on IDE.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Oct 19 2001   Max Page  
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Samsung SW-216 16-10-32 CDRW Review

It used to be that only a few people had burners in their systems - and usually SCSI at that. Now a days, CD-R and CD-R/RW drives like the SW-216 are easy to come by and operate reliably on IDE. Larger buffers (8MB in this case) help to prevent errors from occurring during the burn process, but without software like BurnProof, or something similar, caution can't quite be thrown to the wind completely.

The SW-216 uses its own version of this technology called Just Link while capably writing CD-R's at a moderately fast 16X write speed, 10x for CD-RW's and while reading at 32X.

The front bevel of the drive is a nice change from what we are normally accustomed to seeing, and comes with a headphone jack, volume wheel and eject button. The eject button looks like it should light up from behind, but rather a small LED to the left is used to indicate the status of the drive.

Samsung Sw-216
Ships with the following:
  • User's Guide
  • Nero Burning ROM
  • Samsung CD/DVD-ROM Device Driver For E-IDE Floppy Disk
  • CD Audio cable (4-pin connector)
  • Philips mounting screws
  • IDE CABLE

Manufacturer: www.samsung.ca

Features:

The Samsung SW-216 has the standard jumpers in the back of the drive for master/slave/cable select, along with the IDE host connector and the 4-pin power terminal. Alongside those connections in the back of the unit are the regular 4-pin CD audio connector and the 2-pin digital audio output terminal for soundcards and/or MPEG cards which support digital audio features.

The packaging and layout are fairly straight forward. The only gripe I have with this packaging is the omission of the 2-pin digital audio cable, which would have been a nice addition. Most manufacturers usually seem to forget to include the 2-pin digital audio cable in their respective retail boxed units as well. Note that the four-pin cable is not shown in the above picture.

The user's guide that is included in the box, is easy to read and has the basic information listed in terms of installation, product features/specifications, firmware upgrades and also a diagnostic troubleshooting section. The general specs on the drive are as follows:

  • 16X Write, 10X ReWrite, 32X Read
  • Interface : EIDE/ATAPI
  • Drive Type : Internal Type
  • Buffer Memory : 8MB
  • Loading Type : Motorized Tray Type
  • Average Access Time : 100 ms
  • Drive Mounting : Horizontal/Vertical
  • Writing Method : DAO, TAO, SAO, Multisession, Packet Writing
  • Supported Disc :CD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, Video-CD, CD-I, Photo CD, CD-EXTRA, CD-TEXT.

Test System Specs: and Test Setup

PCstats Test System Specs:
Computer:

Intel Pentium III 600EB
512MB PC133 SDRAM Tonicon TinyBGA
Abit BX6 Motherboard
Maxtor DiamondMAX Plus 40GB @ 7200RPM
Matrox Millenium Video
Enermax 430Watt P/S

Software: MS Windows 98SE
Benchmarks:

Nero CDspeed 99

We made sure that the drive was set to DMA to get the best possible results from it. If you are unsure of how to set your drive to DMA a short explanation is included in the instructions.

In any case, the first benchmark we used to test the read capabilities of the SW-216 was e-TestingLabs CD Winbench99. The benchmark runs a series of scripted programs from a CD in the drive and measures the time and data transfer capabilities as a result.

CDWinBench 99 Ver 1.1

CDRW: Setting: WinMark99
Samsung SW-216

DMA

1280 KB/s

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Contents of Article: Samsung SW216
 Pg 1.  — Samsung SW216 16-10-32 CDRW Review
 Pg 2.  CDROM Data Benchmarks

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