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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

Nero CD-Speed, Audio/Data 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 SM348 - CDSpeed Data Tests

Optical Drive SM348 SW240 SW232 SW224 SC152 DVD500M SW216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 38.91x 31.06x 31.65x 30.82x 38.90x 32.30x 24.94x
Random Seek Time 90ms 93ms 90ms 87ms 86ms 86ms 94ms
1/3 Seek Time 104ms 100ms 101ms 91ms 105ms 100ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 175ms 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 3% 5% 4% 7% 4% 2% 5%
CPU use: 8X 6% 10% 9% 11% 8% 3% 9%
Disk Recognition Time: 9.10s 4.63s 5.2s 9.15s 6.30s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time 1.31s 1.33s 1.39s 1.12s 1.05s 1.19s 1.19s
Disk Load Time: 1.21s 0.98s 1.080s 1.10s 1.14s 7.26s 1.14s

CD speed tests are important, but as the size of hard drives have ballooned, less and less of us are playing games, or running software from the CDROM as we used to long ago when storage was smaller, and much more expensive. The SM348 boasts the best average speed of the bunch (38.9X) and among the slowest disc recognition times. The rest of the test variables are in line with the other drives.

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 SM348 - CDSpeed Audio Tests

Optical Drive SM348 SW240 SW232 SW224 SC152 DVD500M SW216
Disk Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 30.56x 27.44x 24.89x 22.98x 18.97x 29.96x 22.32x
Random Seek Time 149ms 92ms 93ms 86ms 88ms 88ms 97ms
1/3 Seek Time 186ms 106ms 107ms 102ms 98ms 95ms 98ms
Full Seek Time 276ms 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 2%

3%

3% 6% 3% 1% 4%
CPU use: 4X 4% 7% 7% 14% 5% 2% 7%
CPU use: 8X 100% 14% 14% 23% 11% 4% 13%
Disk Recog. Time: 7.49s 3.99s 9.16s 8.38s 4.35s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time: 1.49s 1.33s 1.37s 1.10s 1.06s 1.19s 1.18s
Disk Load Time: 1.23s 0.98s 1.08s 1.10s 1.14s 7.33s 1.14s

Samsungs' SM348 drive nets an improvement over the other contenders here, reaching an average CD-audio read speed of 30.56X. CPU usage jumps up to 100% at 8X; we're not quite sure why this occurred.

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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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