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LiteON eHAU424 External DVD/CD Writer Review

LiteON eHAU424 External DVD/CD Writer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: LiteON's eHAU424 external USB2.0 optical drive gives you writing speeds as fast as 24X for DVD+/-R media. It can burn through dual layer DVD+ and DVD- media and write to CD-Rs and CD-RWs as well.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: LiteON Feb 12 2010   Julian Apong  
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Test System Specs and ODD Benchmarks

The details of how the LiteON eHAU424 External CD/DVD burner was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. The general specs for the reference platforms are the same. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE

Clock Speed:

3.16GHz, dual-core

Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H

Videocard:

Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A

Memory: PNY 2x1GB DDR3 1333MHz
Hard Drive: 40GB Seagate IDE
CDROM: LiteON eHAU424
Heatsink: AMD Reference Cooler
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Software Setup

Microsoft Windows 7 Premium

Workstation Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2008
Nero CD Speed

SiSoft Sandra 2008 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2005 Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

LG GSA-H62N

Lite-On eHAU424

Lite-On iHAS424

AOpen DSW1812P

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 3785 kb/s 3122 kb/s 3622 kb/s 3495 kb/s 3005 kb/s 3041 kb/s 2912 kb/s 3056 kb/s 2574 1627
Buffered Read: 3414 kb/s 3210 kb/s 3123 kb/s 3040 kb/s 2564 kb/s 2345 kb/s 2480 kb/s 2567 kb/s 6000 kb/s 779 kb/s
Sequential Read: 3983 kb/s 3644 kb/s 3822 kb/s 3710 kb/s 3140 kb/s 3347 kb/s 3135 kb/s 3258 kb/s 2712 kb/s 2362 kb/s
Random Read: 3357 kb/s 3200 kb/s 3417 kb/s 3187 kb/s 2802 kb/s 2641 kb/s 2577 kb/s 2752 kb/s 2336 kb/s 524 kb/s
Access Time: 243ms 290ms 200ms 179ms 157ms 213ms 283ms 231ms 220 ms 761ms

Lite-on's eHAU424 is about average when it comes to performance, although its access times are a little higher due to its USB connection.

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

ASUS BC-1205PT

Lite-on eHAU424

LG GSA-H62N

Lite-On iHAS424

AOpen DSW1812P

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 23.17x 24.27x 33.4x 36.77 34.11x 28.94x 34.47x 28.93x 30.05x 36.07x 23.08x
Random Seek Time 138ms 121ms 122ms 100ms 88ms 85ms 124ms 100ms 113ms 87ms 108ms
1/3 Seek Time 149ms 114ms 118ms 115ms 99ms 84ms 126ms 109ms 111ms 88ms 142ms
Full Seek Time 267ms 249ms 115ms 122ms 140ms 142ms 209ms 155ms 154ms 132ms 195ms
CPU Use: 1x 0% 0% 1% 1% 2% 3% 1% 1% 0% 4% 1%
CPU Use: 2x 1% 1% 2% 2% 4% 6% 6% 2% 1% 2% 2%
CPU Use: 4x 2% 10% 3% 4% 7% 3% 8% 4% 2% 3% 4%
CPU Use: 8x 4% 18% 27% 4% 12% 7% 11% 7% 5% 7% 3%
Disc recognition Time 0.05s 5.5s 10.68s 4.8s 8.34s 10.64s 12.4s 6.04s 8.73s 8.17s 7.68s
Disc Eject Time 1.22s 1.0s 2.82s 2.21s 1.3s 1.92s 1.23s 1.85s 1.71s 1.4s 4.61s
Disc Load Time 16.54s 1.8s 1.49s 1.1s 1.27s 1.18s 1.18s 1.32s 0s 1.03s 0.98s

The eHAU424 has a decent average speed here, although you are again sacrificing a bit of performance when you move to an external drive.

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

ASUS BC-1205PT

Lite-On eHAU424

LG GSA-H62N

Lite-On

iHAS424

AOpen DSW1812P

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164

Gigabyte GO-W1616A

MSI DR16-B

AOpen DRW8800

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 24.65x 31.25x 30.35x 30.44 33.19x 28.34x 30.04x 8.21x 24.02x 32.74x 18.46x
Random Seek Time 178ms 170ms 109ms 103ms 99ms 95ms 141ms 140ms 114ms 95ms 114ms
1/3 Seek Time 193ms 160ms 119ms 124ms 106ms 103ms 146ms 240ms 121ms 105ms 137ms
Full Seek Time 332ms 310ms 140ms 168ms 159ms 175ms 276ms 272ms 171ms 186ms 204ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU Use: 1x 1% 1% 1% 5% 1% 19% 12% 1% 1% 1% 1%
CPU Use: 2x 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 3% 3% 1% 2% 2%
CPU Use: 4x 5% 4% 3% 2% 3% 4% 10% 6% 3% 4% 5%
CPU Use: 8x 11% 12% 5% 3% 6% 7% 15% 10% 7% 8% 9%
Disc recognition Time 0.03s 0.5s 12.44 0.02 9.99s 8.46s 9.9s 6.17s 8.23s 6.59s 7.79s
Disc Eject Time 1.23s 1.1s 2.83s 1.71s 1.29s 1.92s 1.22s 1.79s 1.71s 1.04s 2.01s
Disc Load Time 15.38s 2.38s 1.49 11.50 1.26s 1.26s 1.18s 1.32s 0.13s 1.41s 1.33

Audio CDs are a strong point for the eHAU424's performance, with good results across the board.

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Contents of Article: LiteON eHAU424
 Pg 1.  LiteON eHAU424 External DVD/CD Writer Review
 Pg 2.  — Test System Specs and ODD Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  ODD Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 4.  ODD Benchmarks: CD Speed: DVD+R DL

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