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AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive Review

AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AOpen COM5252 is capable of burning CD-R media at 52x speeds and CD-RW media at 32x. Reading CD-ROM material hums along at 52x.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Aopen Jul 20 2004   Colin Sun  
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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

AOpen 5232 Combo

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 36.07 23.08x 29.26 28.98x 35.08x 35.38x 29.05x
Random Seek Time 87ms 108ms 84ms 84ms 99ms 91ms 121ms
1/3 Seek Time 88ms 142ms 88ms 89ms 108ms 95ms 140ms
Full Seek Time 132ms 195ms 155ms 142ms 170ms 153ms 212ms
CPU Use: 1x 4% 1% 0% 1% 3% 0% 0%
CPU Use: 2x 2% 2% 1% 1% 4% 1% 1%
CPU Use: 4x 3% 4% 1% 3% 5% 2% 2%
CPU Use: 8x 7% 8% 3% 6% 8% 5% 5%
Disc recognition Time 8.17s 10.16s 7.68s 4.33s 4.77s 0.73s 9.37s
Disc Eject Time 1.4s 2.04s 4.61s 1.47s 1.42s 2.74s 1.64s
Disc Load Time 1.03s 1.33s 0.98s 0.91s 1.11s 7.9s 0.08s

Nero CD Speed verifies what SiSoft Sandra and CD Winbench 99 says, the AOpen 5232 Combo is one fast drive. An average transfer rate of 36x is extremely fast, and the drive is very quick when it comes to access times too! CPU usage is a bit on the high side... but nothing to worry about.

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

AOpen 5232 Combo

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 32.74x 18.46x 28.67x 8.37x 28.29x 31.09x 8.03x
Random Seek Time 95ms 114ms 92ms 168ms 104ms 89ms 121ms
1/3 Seek Time 105ms 137ms 95ms 144ms 111ms 90ms 140ms
Full Seek Time 186ms 204ms 315ms 235ms 117ms 309ms 212ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU Use: 1x 1% 1% 0% 1% 1% 2% 0%
CPU Use: 2x 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1%
CPU Use: 4x 4% 5% 2% 4% 4% 3% 2%
CPU Use: 8x 8% 9% 4% 10% 9% 69% 3%
Disc recognition Time 6.59s 7.79s 6.53s 3.64s 4s 0.08s 9.37s
Disc Eject Time 1.04s 2.01s 4.62s 1.51s 1.44s 1.66s 1.64s
Disc Load Time 1.41s 1.33 0.96s 0.92s 1.13s 19.25s 0.08s

If you use your optical drive mainly for reading CD media, you're definitely going to be happy with the AOpen 5232 Combo drive. Again a very high average transfer speed while still maintaining a good seek time.

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Contents of Article: Aopen COM5232
 Pg 1.  AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive 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.  A good all around drive

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