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Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 is a USB 2.0 only device and sports a rather impressive maximum writing speed of 16x for single layer DVD media, 8x DVD+R DL burning, and 4x for DVD-R DL burning.
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External Mfg. Website: samsung Aug 29 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

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

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48

Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 28.94x 34.47x 28.93x 30.05x 36.07x 23.08x 29.26
Random Seek Time 85ms 124ms 100ms 113ms 87ms 108ms 84ms
1/3 Seek Time 84ms 126ms 109ms 111ms 88ms 142ms 88ms
Full Seek Time 142ms 209ms 155ms 154ms 132ms 195ms 155ms
CPU Use: 1x 3% 1% 1% 0% 4% 1% 0%
CPU Use: 2x 6% 6% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1%
CPU Use: 4x 3% 8% 4% 2% 3% 4% 1%
CPU Use: 8x 7% 11% 7% 5% 7% 8% 3%
Disc recognition Time 10.64s 12.4s 6.04s 8.73s 8.17s 10.16s 7.68s
Disc Eject Time 1.92s 1.23s 1.85s 1.71s 1.4s 2.04s 4.61s
Disc Load Time 1.18s 1.18s 1.32s 0s 1.03s 1.33s 0.98s

The average speed of the reading CD media is just a hair slower than th rest of the drives but the Samsung SE-W164's access times are very impressive!

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

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48
Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 28.34x 30.04x 8.21x 24.02x 32.74x 18.46x 28.67x
Random Seek Time 95ms 141ms 140ms 114ms 95ms 114ms 92ms
1/3 Seek Time 103ms 146ms 240ms 121ms 105ms 137ms 95ms
Full Seek Time 175ms 276mx 272ms 171ms 186ms 204ms 315ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU Use: 1x 19 12% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0%
CPU Use: 2x 2 3% 3% 1% 2% 2% 1%
CPU Use: 4x 4 10% 6% 3% 4% 5% 2%
CPU Use: 8x 7 15% 10% 7% 8% 9% 4%
Disc recognition Time 8.46s 9.9s 6.17s 8.23s 6.59s 7.79s 6.53s
Disc Eject Time 1.92s 1.22s 1.79s 1.71s 1.04s 2.01s 4.62s
Disc Load Time 1.26s 1.18s 1.32s 0.13s 1.41s 1.33 0.96s

Like we saw in the CD read test, access times are very good when compared to other drives.

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Contents of Article: samsung WriteMaster SE-W164
 Pg 1.  Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review
 Pg 2.  Vertical or Horizontal Operation
 Pg 3.  Software and compatibility
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: DVD+RW, DVD+R DL

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