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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  
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Sandra, Burn test Benchmarks

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 SM348 SW240 SW232 SW224 SC152 DVD500M SW216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 2237 1978 2071 1745 2533 1282 n/a
Buffered Read: 1560kb/s 1646kb/s 1484kb/s 1327kb/s 2273kb/s 19MB/s n/a
Sequential Read: 3255 kb/s 2907kb/s 2933kb/s 2380kb/s 3663kb/s 1699kb/s n/a
Randon Read: 709kb/s 584kb/s 777kb/s 778kb/s 835kb/s 660kb/s n/a
Access Time: 282ms 68ms 114ms 109ms 112ms 112ms n/a

Sandra 2002 pegs the SM348 with a drive index rating of 2237. Very respectable indeed. Access time is a little slow at 282ms in this particular case.

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
Optical Drive

SM348

SW-240

SW-232

SW-224

Disk Media CDR CDRW CD-R CDRW CD-R CDRW CD-R CDRW
Media Write Speed: 40x 10x 40X 10X 32X 10X 24X 10X
Avg Speed: 36.93x 10.0x 27.87x 12.03x 27.37x 9.97 22.63x 10.01x
Start Speed: 21.88x 10.0x 16.04x 12.03x 16.02x 9.97 16.02x 10.01x
End Speed: 48.67x 10.0x 32.08x 12.03x 32.04x 9.97 24.03x 10.01x
Type: CAV CLV Z-CLV CLV P-CAV CLV Z-CLV CLV

As we mentioned before, the highest speed CD-RW disc we could find to test with was one rated at 10x, so it is not surprising that the speeds here are capped off at that amount. The 12X disc we tested the SW240 with has gone MIA... Average burn speeds on the CDR media sat at just under 37X which is a large increase, and well worth it.

Final thoughts

There is no point in mentioning that a faster drive is better for in the next few months there will be yet another drive to consider which offers faster burn times. The optical drive market is running out of room to grow - with many speculating that 52X is about as high as any of the technologies will reach. DVD's are limited to about 16X, and for lack of CDRW media rated above 10X there isn't much benefit to a drive which can rewrite at 24X.

A focus on noise leads us down another path where we are seeing improvements - Samsung drives in general are very quiet. With technologies such as DVA (Dynamic Vibration Absorber) on the inside, we benefit from fewer drive induced noises. DVA is basically a high-tech rubber washer, and can help prevent that annoying vibration at higher rotational speeds which sometimes occurs.

Retailing for a little over $100USD , the Samsung SM348 brings the goodness of DVD to the computer without the frustration of stuttering screens, or dropped frames. Add to that high CD recording, and rewriting speeds, and you have a really good value all in one little drive.

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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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