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MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive

MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive - PCSTATS
Abstract: Taking into consideration the popularity of small formfactor PC's, 'combo drives' are the perfect match for space lacking cases such as those tiny toaster-sized PCs.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jul 03 2004   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio

Nero CD Speed: Data Discs 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.

Nero CD Speed: Data

Nero CD Speed: Data Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

MSI X48

AOpen 52x32x52x Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA LG 32x10x40
Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 29.26 28.98x 35.08x 35.38x 29.05x 30.46x
Random Seek Time 84ms 84ms 99ms 91ms 121ms 101ms
1/3 Seek Time 88ms 89ms 108ms 95ms 140ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 155ms 142ms 170ms 153ms 212ms 184ms
CPU Use: 1x 0% 1% 3% 0% 0% 1%
CPU Use: 2x 1% 1% 4% 1% 1% 2%
CPU Use: 4x 1% 3% 5% 2% 2% 20%
CPU Use: 8x 3% 6% 8% 5% 5% 9%
Disc recognition Time 7.68s 4.33s 4.77s 0.73s 9.37s 7.08s
Disc Eject Time 4.61s 1.47s 1.42s 2.74s 1.64s 1.55s
Disc Load Time 0.98s 0.91s 1.11s 7.9s 0.08s 1.27x

Access times with the MSI X48 are pretty good, and it maintains the average in respect to transfer speeds. Disk recognition is a bit on the high side, but in line with other DVD drives.

Nero CD Speed: Audio Discs 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 MSI X48 AOpen 52x32x52x Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA LG 32x10x40
Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 28.67 8.37 28.29x 31.09x 8.03x 27.51x
Random Seek Time 92ms 168ms 104ms 89ms 121ms 105ms
1/3 Seek Time 95ms 144ms 111ms 90ms 140ms 119ms
Full Seek Time 315ms 235ms 117ms 309ms 212ms 172ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU Use: 1x 0% 1% 1% 2% 0% 1%
CPU Use: 2x 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 3%
CPU Use: 4x 2% 4% 4% 3% 2% 5%
CPU Use: 8x 4% 10% 9% 69% 3% 10%
Disc recognition Time 6.53s 3.64s 4s 0.08s 9.37s 6.99s
Disc Eject Time 4.62s 1.51s 1.44s 1.66s 1.64s 1.55s
Disc Load Time 0.96s 0.92s 1.13s 19.25s 0.08s 1.28s

Transfer rates are fast, as is access time. Disc Recognition time is high, as is disc ejection time with Audio media.

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Contents of Article: MSI X48
 Pg 1.  MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
 Pg 2.  Supported formats, CDWinbench 99, Sandra
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW and DVDs
 Pg 5.  A good combo drive with class

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