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MSI MS8340 40x12x48 CDRW Burner Review

MSI MS8340 40x12x48 CDRW Burner Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Associating a CD-Burner with MSI, the motherboard and video card manufacture may not be the first thing we think of, but the link is there.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Jul 29 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.

MSI 8340 - CDSpeed Data Tests

Optical Drive

MSI 8340

SW-240

SW-232 SW-224 SC-152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 30.69x 31.06x 31.65x 30.82x 38.90x 32.30x 24.94x
Random Seek Time 94ms 93ms 90ms 87ms 86ms 86ms 94ms
1/3 Seek Time 98ms 100ms 101ms 91ms 105ms 100ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 165ms 160ms 169ms 137ms 181ms 164ms 192ms
CPU use: 1X 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
CPU use: 2X 1% 2%

2%

3% 2% 1% 2%
CPU use: 4X 5% 5% 4% 7% 4% 2% 5%
CPU use: 8X 8% 10% 9% 11% 8% 3% 9%
Disk Recognition Time: 0.01s 4.63s 5.2s 9.15s 6.30s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time 1.32s 1.33s 1.39s 1.12s 1.05s 1.19s 1.19s
Disk Load Time: 7.60s 0.98s 1.080s 1.10s 1.14s 7.26s 1.14s

While average read speeds are never quite at the listed rate of the optical drive, we must take solace in the fact that near the end of the test the MSI 8340 does reach the 40X mark (as shown in the graph above). An average rate of 30.69X on a data disk is pretty consistent with what we have been seeing from CDRW's lately, and therefore isn't much of a surprise. CPU usage stays conservative and jumps from just 0% to 8% which is very nice compared to the reference drives we compared it against.

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.

MSI 8340 - CDSpeed Audio Tests

Optical Drive

MSI 8340

SW-240

SW-232 SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 29.58x 27.44x 24.89x 22.98x 18.97x 29.96x 22.32x
Random Seek Time 134ms 92ms 93ms 86ms 88ms 88ms 97ms
1/3 Seek Time 109ms 106ms 107ms 102ms 98ms 95ms 98ms
Full Seek Time 520ms 161ms 170ms 157ms 167ms 161ms 163ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU use: 1X 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 0% 2%
CPU use: 2X 1%

3%

3% 6% 3% 1% 4%
CPU use: 4X 3% 7% 7% 14% 5% 2% 7%
CPU use: 8X 6% 14% 14% 23% 11% 4% 13%
Disk Recog. Time: 0.02s 3.99s 9.16s 8.38s 4.35s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time: 1.31s 1.33s 1.37s 1.10s 1.06s 1.19s 1.18s
Disk Load Time: 7.60s 0.98s 1.08s 1.10s 1.14s 7.33s 1.14s

Audio disk benchmarks show a lead over all the drives except the Panasonic DVD-500M. CPU usage at 8X is really good (just 6%) and the other parameters seem to follow the numbers of the Panasonic as well. I wouldn't be too surprised if the core drive was manufactured by the same company. Anyway, it's good to see that the MSi 8340 is meeting our expectations and offering some very good drive performance thus far. Full seek times are really low however.

SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro 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.

Optical Drive

MSI 8340

SW-240 SW-232 SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 1979 1978 2071 1745 2533 1282 n/a
Buffered Read: 1758kb/s 1646kb/s 1484kb/s 1327kb/s 2273kb/s 19MB/s n/a
Sequential Read: 2848kb/s 2907kb/s 2933kb/s 2380kb/s 3663kb/s 1699kb/s n/a
Randon Read: 675kb/s 584kb/s 777kb/s 778kb/s 835kb/s 660kb/s n/a
Acess Time: 52ms 68ms 114ms 109ms 112ms 112ms n/a

Sandra always manages to even out the field, and in this case the MSI 8340 offers an improvement for the most part on the SW-240, but not by much, and not in every single instance.

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Contents of Article: MSI MS-8340
 Pg 1.  MSI MS8340 40x12x48 CDRW Burner Review
 Pg 2.  Testing the MSI 8340
 Pg 3.  — Nero CD-Speed, Sandra benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Burn tests and Conclusions

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