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AOpen DRW8800 8X DVD Burner Review

AOpen DRW8800 8X DVD Burner Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: It's capable of writing to DVD-/+R discs at up to 8x speed, DVD-/+RW at 4x while burning CD-R media at 32x and CD-RW's at 16x.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Aopen Aug 11 2004   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Aopen DRW8800

Software and Media Compatibility

The AOpen DRW8800 comes bundled with a host of software which we have already mentioned, including Nero Burning ROM 5. Nero is probably the most powerful recordable media software suites on the market, and while it is easy to use, it does not insult your intellegence.

Nero's InfoTool shows us that the AOpen DRW8800 drive can read pretty much all types of recordable DVD media except DVD-RAM discs. As for writing methods, everything is supported except DVD-RAM and Mount Rainier.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed.
CDROM: AOpen DRW8800
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 4.4

Workstation Benchmarks

CD Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002
Nero CD Speed

CD Winbench 99 Source: Zdnet

The CD Winbench99 benchmark runs a series of scripted programs from a special CD in the drive and measures the time and data transfer capabilities as a result. Higher numbers mean better performance.

CD Winbench 99 Benchmark Results
Optical Drive Results Ranking
Samsung SW-252B (CD-RW) 1860 kb/s

MSI CR52A-A2 (CD-RW)

2420 kb/s
Plextor PXW4012TA (CD-RW) 2190 kb/s
LG 32-10-40 (CD-RW) 2110 kb/s
MSI CDRW 8340 (CD-RW) 2050 kb/s
Samsung SW-240 (CD-RW) 1910 kb/s
Samsung SW-232 (CD-RW) 1460 kb/s
Samsung SW-224 (CD-RW) 1320 kb/s
Samsung SC-152 (CDROM) 1710 kb/s
Pioneer DVD-500M (DVD ROM) 2440 kb/s
Samsung SW-216 (CD-RW) 1280 kb/s
AOpen 52x32x52x (CD-RW) 2300 kb/s
LG GSA-4082B (DVD-/+RW) 1130 kb/s
Gigabyte GO-W0808A (DVD-/+RW) 2240 kb/s
AOpen 5232 Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM)

2510kb/s

AOpen DRW8800 (DVD-/+RW) 2150kb/s

Things start off for the AOpen DRW8800 pretty well - it's not the fastest drive we've tested but it's not slow at all.

SiSoft Sandra 2002 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2002 Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48

Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA
Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 3056 kb/s 2574 1627 2187 2207 2426 1992
Buffered Read: 2567 kb/s 6000 kb/s 779 kb/s 1780 kb/s 1582 kb/s 1893 kb/s 2300 kb/s
Sequential Read: 3258 kb/s 2712 kb/s 2362 kb/s 3005 kb/s 3284 kb/s 3408 kb/s 2802 kb/s
Random Read: 2752 kb/s 2336 kb/s 524 kb/s 961 kb/s 792 kb/s 952 kb/s 776 kb/s
Access Time: 231ms 220 ms 761ms 363ms 245 ms 194 ms 238 ms

In SiSoft Sandra we discover that the AOpen DRW8800 scores quite well in drive index, and everything else is above average. Access times are a tad high, but acceptable.

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Contents of Article: Aopen DRW8800
 Pg 1.  AOpen DRW8800 8X 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: CD Speed: DVD+RW and Conclusions

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