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Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review

Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Samsung have been pumping out optical drives lately, and today we're going to be taking a look at their latest SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD combo drive.
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External Mfg. Website: samsung Apr 25 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: CD Speed/Audio Tests

Nero CD Speed - 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 52x24x52 - CDSpeed Data Tests

Optical Drive Samsung SM-352 Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor PXW4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340

SW-240

SW-232 SW-224 SC-152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 32.67x 35.08x 35.38x 29.05x 30.46x 30.69x 31.06x 31.65x 30.82x 38.90x 32.30x 24.94x
Random Seek Time 121ms 99ms 91ms 121ms 101ms 94ms 93ms 90ms 87ms 86ms 86ms 94ms
1/3 Seek Time 114ms 108ms 95ms 140ms 112ms 98ms 100ms 101ms 91ms 105ms 100ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 190ms 170ms 153ms 212ms 184ms 165ms 160ms 169ms 137ms 181ms 164ms 192ms
CPU use: 1X 1% 3% 0% 0% 1% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
CPU use: 2X 1% 4% 1% 1% 2% 1% 2%

2%

3% 2% 1% 2%
CPU use: 4X 2% 5% 2% 2% 20% 5% 5% 4% 7% 4% 2% 5%
CPU use: 8X 5% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8% 10% 9% 11% 8% 3% 9%
Disc Recognition Time: 8.22s 4.77s 0.73s 9.37s 7.08s 0.01s 4.63s 5.2s 9.15s 6.30s 0.01s -
Disc Eject Time 4.31 1.42s 2.74s 1.64s 1.55s 1.32s 1.33s 1.39s 1.12s 1.05s 1.19s 1.19s
Disc Load Time: 1.47 1.11s 7.9s 0.08s 1.27s 7.60s 0.98s 1.080s 1.10s 1.14s 7.26s 1.14s

The SM-352 has middle of the road seek times, and a curiously slow disk recognition & eject time. Compared to some of the other drives however, the SM-352 is not out of range. CPU utilization is pretty good, and the average speed of 32.67X is good as well.

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 52x24x52 - CDSpeed Audio Tests

Optical Drive SM-352 SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340

SW-240

SW-232 SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 30.50x 28.29x 31.09x 8.03x 27.51x 29.58x 27.44x 24.89x 22.98x 18.97x 29.96x 22.32x
Random Seek Time 101ms 104ms 89ms 162ms 105ms 134ms 92ms 93ms 86ms 88ms 88ms 97ms
1/3 Seek Time 112ms 111ms 90ms 185ms 119ms 109ms 106ms 107ms 102ms 98ms 95ms 98ms
Full Seek Time 187ms 177ms 309ms 254ms 172ms 520ms 161ms 170ms 157ms 167ms 161ms 163ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU use: 1X 4% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 0% 2%
CPU use:2X 2% 2% 1% 1% 3% 1%

3%

3% 6% 3% 1% 4%
CPU use: 4X 3% 4% 3% 3% 5% 3% 7% 7% 14% 5% 2% 7%
CPU use: 8X 100% 9% 5% 69% 10% 6% 14% 14% 23% 11% 4% 13%
Disc Recog. Time: 7.54s 4s 0.48s 0.08s 6.99s 0.02s 3.99s 9.16s 8.38s 4.35s 0.01s -
Disc Eject Time: 2.8s 1.44s 2.69s 1.66s 1.55s 1.31s 1.33s 1.37s 1.10s 1.06s 1.19s 1.18s
Disc Load Time: 1.48s 1.13s 10.12 19.25s 1.28s 7.60s 0.98s 1.08s 1.10s 1.14s 7.33s 1.14s

The average speed of the SM-352 is again good, near the top of this list with Audio media. Seek times are moderate, and CPU utilization at 8X is substantial (100%). The drive is also slower at recognizing CD's as well as ejecting and loading CD's then most of the other drives listed here.

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Contents of Article: samsung SM-352
 Pg 1.  Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed/Audio Tests
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2002 and Burn Tests
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Nero DVD-Speed and Conclusion

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