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Samsung SW240 40-12-40 CDRW Burner

Samsung SW240 40-12-40 CDRW Burner - PCSTATS
Abstract: "CD Mount Rainier Rewrite" is a new optical storage media standard that makes CD-RW disks as handy, and as easy to work with as 1.44Mb floppies are.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jul 15 2002   Max Page  
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Burn tests and Conclusions

Nero CD Speed 99 - Burn Test - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

Nero's CD Speed burn tests are done twice, once with a CDR rated to 1x-24x burn speed, and a CD-RW rated to 4x-10x. Each disk was test with files of about 640MB in size. This test is done by simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running CD Speed 99; the software will detect if it is CD-R or CD-R/W media and run the appropriate tests.

CDR Burn Tests

CD-RW Burn Tests
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Media Write Speed: 40X 10X 32X 10X 24X 10X
Avg Speed: 27.87x 12.03x 27.37x 9.97 22.63x 10.01x
Start Speed: 16.04x 12.03x 16.02x 9.97 16.02x 10.01x
End Speed: 32.08x 12.03x 32.04x 9.97 24.03x 10.01x

With blank 40X CD-R disc in the SW240 drive Nero CD-Speed will run some burn speed tests. The results, which are shown above, indicate that the SW240 doesn't really offer an improvement in write speed over that of the SW-232 for CD-R media. Things tend to top out at 32X which is interesting, and which makes us wonder if perhaps the media we tested the drive with is really rated for 32X and not 40X.

The future is siding with CD-RW media, and at least here we can see an obvious improvement in terms of performance. The CDRW media runs through a simulated burn at 12X - just as it ought to.

So what can you talk home from all these charts, and burn/read times?

A couple things. First off, in our tests the Samsung SW240 doesn't appear to offer any faster CD-R burn times than the SW232 even though the drive and the media we tested with were supposed to be rated for 40X. CD data read times did increase to that mark, but we were left with just 32X for burning CD-R media - which is still pretty good all things considered. Is this a case of mislabeled recording media, or is this a case of the SW240 not quite living up to its specs? We're not really sure, but then again these are theoretical limits.

With built-in support for the new CD-MRW technology the SW240 offers a good set of features for future proofing in addition to the standard buffer underrun prevention utilities we all instinctively look for as we browse the store shelves.

CD-RW media burn times did match the 12X mark, and that is something to be more excited about than the CD-R media. With Mt. Rainier it is more important to have a quick CDRW drive than a CDR. With an average price of about $75USD, the SW240 offers a lot to look forward to at a pretty good price, CDR burn times aside.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SW240
 Pg 1.  Samsung SW240 40-12-40 CDRW Burner
 Pg 2.  Testing the Samsung SW240
 Pg 3.  Nero CD-Speed, Sandra benchmarks
 Pg 4.  — Burn tests and Conclusions

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