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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: Nero DVD-Speed and Conclusion

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 7.8GB of data on it.

Pioneer DVD-500M - DVDSpeed Tests

Optical Drive SM-352 DVD-500M DVD106 SD616 SDM1212 SM-308
Avg Speed: 6.42x 5.73x 5.74x 4.85x 4.52x 1.71x
Start Speed: 3.57 3.25x - - - 1.76x
End Speed: 3.71 3.76x - - - 1.74x
Type: CAV P-CAV - - - CLV
Random Seek Time: 103ms 90ms 98ms 81ms 111ms 103
1/3 Seek Time: 114ms 103ms 111ms 88ms 116ms 110
Full Seek Time: 178ms 178ms 187ms 158ms 187ms 346
CPU use: 1X 1% 3% 16% 20% 21% 58%
Disk Info: 7.8GB 7.8GB - - - 7.8
Spin Up: - 3.3sec - - - 3.2
Spin Down: - 2.1sec - - - 2.4

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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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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