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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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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.

CD-R Burn Tests

CD-RW Burn Tests
Optical Drive

MSI 8340

SW-240

SW-232

SW-224

Disk Media CD-R CDRW CD-R CDRW CD-R CDRW CD-R CDRW
Media Write Speed: 40X 12X 40X 10X 32X 10X 24X 10X
Avg Speed: 28.19x 12x 27.87x 12.03x 27.37x 9.97 22.63x 10.01x
Start Speed: 16.00x 12x 16.04x 12.03x 16.02x 9.97 16.02x 10.01x
End Speed: 40.00x 12x 32.08x 12.03x 32.04x 9.97 24.03x 10.01x
Type: Z-CLV CLV Z-CLV CLV P-CAV CLV Z-CLV CLV

Nero CD-Speed can be used to gage CDR and CDRW drive burning speed by inserting a blank media disc in the drive and setting the benchmark in motion. The tests are generally limited by the media first, and the drive second so it is important to use media at least as fast as the drive's rating.

In the two tests we used, first with a blank CDR disc, and next with a blank CDRW disc, the MSI 8340 met its listed ratings and performed very well. The Samsung SW-240 had a bit of a problem meeting the 40X burn rating it is listed at, but he MSI 8340 came in on the mark at the end of its burn test cycle. Both drives showed nearly identical average burn speeds on CDR media.

Where CDRW media is concerned the same can be said for both drives as well. The MSI 8340 met its listed drive speed settings with CLV burn patterns and that was what we were expecting to see.

Overall, MSI has shown an ability to enter into the mainstream optical drive markets and put their name on a great product. Optical drives have always been an interesting segment of the computer industry since performance is always relative to the listed specs, and in this case the MSI 8340 has met the mark.

Operation was pretty quiet in use, and in with buffer underrun protection we would not have a second thought about upgrading to the MSI 8340. It meets is listed speeds, and for the most part pulls in performance a bit above the curve, though not by much. From our perspective we know MSI as a video card and motherboard manufacturer primarily, so it is great to see that they have applied that same care and attention to choosing an optical product such as this, and actually offering consumers a worthwhile piece of equipment.

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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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