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Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD Burner Review

Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD Burner Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GO-W0808A supports 8x DVD+/-R and 4x DVD+/-RW writing methods, as well as burning of CD-R's at 40x, and CD-RW's at 24x.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jun 28 2004   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Gigabyte GO-W0808A

Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio

Nero CD Speed: Data Source: Ahead Software

CD Speed is a CD/DVD-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.

Nero CD Speed: Data

Nero CD Speed: Data Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

Gigabyte GO-W0808A

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48

AOpen 52x32x52x Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA
Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 28.79x 23.08x 29.26 28.98x 35.08x 35.38x 29.05x
Random Seek Time 111ms 108ms 84ms 84ms 99ms 91ms 121ms
1/3 Seek Time 110ms 142ms 88ms 89ms 108ms 95ms 140ms
Full Seek Time 191ms 195ms 155ms 142ms 170ms 153ms 212ms
CPU Use: 1x 1% 1% 0% 1% 3% 0% 0%
CPU Use: 2x 2% 2% 1% 1% 4% 1% 1%
CPU Use: 4x 5% 4% 1% 3% 5% 2% 2%
CPU Use: 8x 8% 8% 3% 6% 8% 5% 5%
Disc recognition Time 10.33s 10.16s 7.68s 4.33s 4.77s 0.73s 9.37s
Disc Eject Time 1.2s 2.04s 4.61s 1.47s 1.42s 2.74s 1.64s
Disc Load Time 0.95s 1.33s 0.98s 0.91s 1.11s 7.9s 0.08s

Transfer rates for the Gigabyte GO-W0808A are very good at 28.79x. The drive is also pretty quick when it comes to seek times. CPU Utilization is good, and the GO-W0808A ejects and loads discs pretty quickly too boot. It takes a bit long for the drive to recognize discs though.

Nero CD Speed: Audio 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.

Nero CD Speed: Audio

Nero CD Speed: Audio Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

Gigabyte GO-W0808A

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48 AOpen 52x32x52x Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA
Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 27.38 18.46x 28.67x 8.37x 28.29x 31.09x 8.03x
Random Seek Time 138ms 114ms 92ms 168ms 104ms 89ms 121ms
1/3 Seek Time 150ms 137ms 95ms 144ms 111ms 90ms 140ms
Full Seek Time 211ms 204ms 315ms 235ms 117ms 309ms 212ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU Use: 1x 6% 1% 0% 1% 1% 2% 0%
CPU Use: 2x 4% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1%
CPU Use: 4x 12% 5% 2% 4% 4% 3% 2%
CPU Use: 8x 14% 9% 4% 10% 9% 69% 3%
Disc recognition Time 8.86s 7.79s 6.53s 3.64s 4s 0.08s 9.37s
Disc Eject Time 0.98s 2.01s 4.62s 1.51s 1.44s 1.66s 1.64s
Disc Load Time 1.22s 1.33 0.96s 0.92s 1.13s 19.25s 0.08s

The Gigabyte GO-W0808A is also pretty quick when it comes to accessing audio CD's. In fact, access times are second only to the Samsung SW-252B - not bad at all! At 8x speed, CPU utilization is a bit on the high side, sitting at 14%.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GO-W0808A
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD Burner Review
 Pg 2.  Software and Media Compatibility
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Nero DVD-RAM, DVD+RW

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