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Samsung SM348 48X/24X/16X CDRW-DVD Review

Samsung SM348 48X/24X/16X CDRW-DVD Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: A combo drive as the industry terms them, are a combination of a CD-R/RW burner with a DVD-ROM.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Jan 16 2003   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Samsung SM348

Testing the Samsung SM-348

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
Clock Speed: 1.50GHz
Motherboard: Epox 4G4A
Chipset: Intel i845GE
Videocard:

MSI TI4200

Memory:

256MB PC2700 Crucial DDR

Hard Drive: IBM 40GB Deskstar 7200RPM
Heatsink: Stock Intel HSF
PowerSupply: Enermax 431Watt
Software Setup WindowsXP
Benchmarks CD WinBench 99 V1.1
Nero CD Speed
SiSoft Sandra 001

Nero DVD Speed - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

DVD Speed is a DVD-ROM benchmark which can test the most important features of a DVD-ROM drive. For this test we use a pressed DVD-ROM with about 7.0GB of data on it.

Samsung SM348 - DVDSpeed Tests

Optical Drive SM348 DVD-500M DVD106 SD616 SDM1212 SM-308
Disk Type DVD DVD DVD DVD DVD DVD
Avg Speed: 6.46x 5.73x 5.74x 4.85x 4.52x 1.71x
Start Speed: 3.56x 3.25x - - - 1.76x
End Speed: 4.21x 3.76x - - - 1.74x
Type: CAV P-CAV - - - CLV
Random Seek Time: 96ms 90ms 98ms 81ms 111ms 103
1/3 Seek Time: 107ms 103ms 111ms 88ms 116ms 110
Full Seek Time: 172ms 178ms 187ms 158ms 187ms 346
CPU use: 1X 1% 3% 16% 20% 21% 58%

The SM348 tops out at just under 9X according to DVD-Speed (we tested with the DVD of Spiderman, there is some variation disc to disc). Average results show a marked improvement over the Samsung SD616, which also operates at 16X read speeds. The average speed of the SM348 came in at 6.46X as opposed to 4.85X for that drive; CPU usage is also the lowest of all the drives we tested.

CDWinBench Source: e-Testinglabs.com

The e-TestingLabs CD Winbench99 benchmark runs a series of scripted programs from a special CD in the drive and measures the time and data transfer capabilities as a result. Higher numbers mean better performance.

CD-WinBench 99 Benchmark Results
Test Drive Results
Samsung SM-348 (CDRW-DVD) 1570 kb/s
Samsung SW-240 (CD-RW) 1910 kb/s
Samsung SW-232 (CD-RW) 1460 kb/s
Samsung SW-224 (CD-RW) 1320 kb/s
Samsung SC-152 (CDROM) 1710 kb/s
Pioneer DVD-500M (DVD ROM) 2440 kb/s
Samsung SW-216 (CD-RW) 1280 kb/s

The SM348 comes in about middle of the pack according to CD-Winbench.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SM348
 Pg 1.  Samsung SM348 48X/24X/16X CDRW-DVD Review
 Pg 2.  — Testing the Samsung SM-348
 Pg 3.  Nero CD-Speed, Audio/Data benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Sandra, Burn test Benchmarks

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