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As a DVD drive the Samsung SM-352 does quite well. It's
easily the fastest of all DVD drives we have tested which puts it in good standing. CPU usage
sits at just 1% which is lower than any other drive tested.
Samsung's SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD combo drive does live
up to its speed ratings as you can see from the tests and offers a lot
of value in one small space. Retailing for about $240 CDN, the drive
may be a bit pricy for some consumers on a tight budget however.
The Samsung SM-352 supports all the standard writing
methods like DAO, TAO, SAO and packet writing and can be used with 650MB, 700MB
and 800MB CD-R's. With an 8MB frame buffer and Buffer Under Run Free technology, you will not get a coaster unless you happen to crash your
PC while burning. During testing the SM-352 was near silent even when running 52x in
the CD-R tests, but like other Samsung CD-RW's we tested in the past, the
SM-352 does get a bit warm after prolonged use.
DVD playback is where the drive excels, with an average
speed of 6.42x, and access times comparable to the Pioneer DVD-500M, the Samsung SM352 DVD-Combo doesn't lack for its CDR-RW qualities. If
you're out of 5 1/4" drive bays the Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16x CD-RW/DVD combo drive is
a good option, and should fit in quite nicely next time you want to
hunker down and watch the Matrix on your PC!
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