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Samsung SW232 32-10-40 CDRW Burner

Samsung SW232 32-10-40 CDRW Burner - PCSTATS
Abstract: Samsung's latest CD burner in the SW series is capable of writing CD-R media at 32X, rewriting CD-RW media at 10X, and reading standard CD-ROM's at 40X.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung May 08 2002   Max Page  
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Nero CD-Speed, Sandra benchmarks

Nero CD Speed 99 - Data - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

CD Speed is a CD-ROM benchmark which can test the most important features of a CD-ROM drive. In this particular test we use a pressed CD-ROM with about 640MB of data as the test disk. Using a CDR or CDRW as the test disk may (or may not) impact the results slightly, so the pressed disk is the de facto standard.

Samsung SW-232 - CDSpeed Data Tests

Optical Drive SW-232 SW-224 SC-152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 31.65x 30.82x 38.90x 32.30x 24.94x
Random Seek Time 90ms 87ms 86ms 86ms 94ms
1/3 Seek Time 101ms 91ms 105ms 100ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 169ms 137ms 181ms 164ms 192ms
CPU use: 1X 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
CPU use: 2X

2%

3% 2% 1% 2%
CPU use: 4X 4% 7% 4% 2% 5%
CPU use: 8X 9% 11% 8% 3% 9%
Disk Recognition Time: 5.2s 9.15s 6.30s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time 1.39s 1.12s 1.05s 1.19s 1.19s
Disk Load Time: 1.080s 1.10s 1.14s 7.26s 1.14s

During the CD-Speed data transfer tests the SW232 is tested again in its pure CDROM capabilities. The 40X drive keeps in line with other similarly paced ROM's and clocks in with an average speed of just under 32X. CPU usage dips down to 9% at the most which is good to see, and seek times remain at par.

Nero CD Speed 99 - Audio - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

CD Speed is a CD-ROM benchmark which can test the most important features of a CD-ROM drive. In this particular test we use a pressed Audio CD with about 65 minutes of audio on it as the test disk. CDROM's in general have a harder time processing audio data, and hence the results can be drastically slower than that of data tests alone.

Samsung SW-232 - CDSpeed Audio Tests

Optical Drive SW-232 SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 24.89x 22.98x 18.97x 29.96x 22.32x
Random Seek Time 93ms 86ms 88ms 88ms 97ms
1/3 Seek Time 107ms 102ms 98ms 95ms 98ms
Full Seek Time 170ms 157ms 167ms 161ms 163ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10
CPU use: 1X 1% 2% 1% 0% 2%
CPU use: 2X 3% 6% 3% 1% 4%
CPU use: 4X 7% 14% 5% 2% 7%
CPU use: 8X 14% 23% 11% 4% 13%
Disk Recog. Time: 9.16s 8.38s 4.35s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time: 1.37s 1.10s 1.06s 1.19s 1.18s
Disk Load Time: 1.08s 1.10s 1.14s 7.33s 1.14s

In the audio spectrum, the SW-232 bumps up the speed rating to just under 25X which is an improvement over the earlier SW224. CPU usage also drops down to a max of 14% at 8X.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 CDROM Benchmarks Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Unfortunately we do not have the test results from the SW-216 to include in this comparison because an older version of Sandra was originally used to test it.

Optical Drive SW-232 SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 2071 1745 2533 1282 n/a
Buffered Read: 1484kb/s 1327kb/s 2273kb/s 19MB/s n/a
Sequential Read: 2933kb/s 2380kb/s 3663kb/s 1699kb/s n/a
Randon Read: 777kb/s 778kb/s 835kb/s 660kb/s n/a
Acess Time: 114ms 109ms 112ms 112ms n/a

Sandra pegs the SW-232 above that of the SW224, but just a bit down from the 52X SC152 drive. The buffered read rates are a bit slower than the SC-152 as well, but higher than the older CD-RW.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SW232
 Pg 1.  Samsung SW232 32-10-40 CDRW Burner
 Pg 2.  — Nero CD-Speed, Sandra benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Burn tests and Conclusions

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