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Gigabyte GO-W1616A DVD Burner Review

Gigabyte GO-W1616A DVD Burner Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: On the sound front, the Gigabyte GO-W1616A is average; it doesn't produce much sound even when reading DVDs at full speed. Vibration is also at a minimum.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Apr 14 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Gigabyte GO-W1616A

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 an optical drive. In this particular benchmark, 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 impact the results slightly, so a pressed disk is the standard testing tool.

Nero CD Speed: Data

Nero CD Speed: Data Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48

Samsung SW-252B
Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 34.47x 28.93x 30.05x 36.07x 23.08x 29.26 35.08x
Random Seek Time 124ms 100ms 113ms 87ms 108ms 84ms 99ms
1/3 Seek Time 126ms 109ms 111ms 88ms 142ms 88ms 108ms
Full Seek Time 209ms 155ms 154ms 132ms 195ms 155ms 170ms
CPU Use: 1x 1% 1% 0% 4% 1% 0% 3%
CPU Use: 2x 6% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 4%
CPU Use: 4x 8% 4% 2% 3% 4% 1% 5%
CPU Use: 8x 11% 7% 5% 7% 8% 3% 8%
Disc recognition Time 12.4s 6.04s 8.73s 8.17s 10.16s 7.68s 4.77s
Disc Eject Time 1.23s 1.85s 1.71s 1.4s 2.04s 4.61s 1.42s
Disc Load Time 1.18s 1.32s 0s 1.03s 1.33s 0.98s 1.11s

The Gigabyte GO-W1616A is one of the faster burners at reading data CDs. That's good news for those of you who access CD-ROM material a lot. Access times and CPU utilization were slightly high on this test.

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 benchmark we use a pressed Audio CD with about 65 minutes of audio on it as the test disk. CDROMs in general have a harder time processing audio data, and hence the results can be drastically slower than equivalent 'pure' data tests.

Nero CD Speed: Audio

Nero CD Speed: Audio Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48 Samsung SW-252B
Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 30.04x 8.21x 24.02x 32.74x 18.46x 28.67x 28.29x
Random Seek Time 141ms 140ms 114ms 95ms 114ms 92ms 104ms
1/3 Seek Time 146ms 240ms 121ms 105ms 137ms 95ms 111ms
Full Seek Time 276mx 272ms 171ms 186ms 204ms 315ms 117ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU Use: 1x 12% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
CPU Use: 2x 3% 3% 1% 2% 2% 1% 2%
CPU Use: 4x 10% 6% 3% 4% 5% 2% 4%
CPU Use: 8x 15% 10% 7% 8% 9% 4% 9%
Disc recognition Time 9.9s 6.17s 8.23s 6.59s 7.79s 6.53s 4s
Disc Eject Time 1.22s 1.79s 1.71s 1.04s 2.01s 4.62s 1.44s
Disc Load Time 1.18s 1.32s 0.13s 1.41s 1.33 0.96s 1.13s

The Gigabyte GO-W1616A does quite well in the audio tests and audiophiles will be happy to see that the GO-W1616A is fast at ripping. Again, CPU usage and access speed were a little higher than we'd like.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GO-W1616A
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GO-W1616A DVD Burner Review
 Pg 2.  Software and Media Compatibility
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CD Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 6.  Nero CD Speed: DVD+RW, DVD+R DL

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