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Samsung SW252B 52x24x52 CD-RW Review
Samsung SW252B 52x24x52 CD-RW Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The SW-252 also supports all the usual writing methods, DAO (Disc At Once), TAO (Track At Once), SAO (Session At Once) and Multi session Packet Writing (both variable and fixed).
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Mar 04 2003   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: Sandra 2002 and Burn Tests

SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro CDROM Benchmarks 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.

Optical Drive SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340

SW-240 SW-232 SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 2207 2426 1992 1974 1979 1978 2071 1745 2533 1282 n/a
Buffered Read: 1582kb/s 1893kb/s 2300kb/s 1627kb/s 1758kb/s 1646kb/s 1484kb/s 1327kb/s 2273kb/s 19MB/s n/a
Sequential Read: 3284kb/s 3408kb/s 2802 kb/s 2919kb/s 2848kb/s 2907kb/s 2933kb/s 2380kb/s 3663kb/s 1699kb/s n/a
Random Read: 792kb/s 952kb/s 776 kb/s 551kb/s 675kb/s 584kb/s 777kb/s 778kb/s 835kb/s 660kb/s n/a
Access Time: 245ms 194ms 238ms 73ms 52ms 68ms 114ms 109ms 112ms 112ms n/a

As we saw with the similiarly equipped MSI CR52A-A2, the Samsung SW-252B does not fair very well in Sandra. It has the overall highest Access Time (which is bad), but the drive index rating is pretty high.

Nero CD Speed 99 - Burn Test - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

Nero's CD Speed burn tests are done twice, once with a CDR rated to 1x-24x burn speed, and a CD-RW rated to 4x-10x. Each disk was test with files of about 640MB in size. This test is done by simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running CD Speed 99; the software will detect if it is CD-R or CD-R/W media and run the appropriate tests.

CD-R Burn Tests

CD-RW Burn Tests
Optical Drive Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340




Media Write Speed: 52x 24x 52x 24x 40X 12X 32X 12X 40X 12X 40X 10X 32X 10X 24X 10X
Avg Speed: 39.57x 18.72x 39.76x 24x 30.59x 12x 19.63x 10.01x 28.19x 12x 27.87x 12.03x 27.37x 9.97 22.63x 10.01x
Start Speed: 23.62x 11.22x 23.82x 24x 20.01x 12x 16.01 10.01x 16.00x 12x 16.04x 12.03x 16.02x 9.97 16.02x 10.01x
End Speed: 52.14x 24.61x 52.25x 24x 40.05x 12x 20.02 10.01x 40.00x 12x 32.08x 12.03x 32.04x 9.97 24.03x 10.01x

As we can see, the Samsung SW-252B can crack the 52x CD-R barrier as well as the 24x for CD-RW. The only other CD-RW that can match the SW-252B's performance is the MSI CR52A-A2.


Samsung certainly deliver a high speed CD-RW solution with their SW-252B 52x24x52 drive.

With high speeds and quick access times for both data and audio CD's, you'll certainly be pleased with the performance of the drive. Probably the only downside to the SW-252B is its slightly elevated Data CD test CPU utilization at certain speeds.

Even though the SW-252B is a high speed optical device, it's just about absolutely silent. Even at full speeds all you hear is a very low pitched hum - it was quite a bit quieter then the MSI CR52A-A2 that we tested earlier. The drive got quite a bit warmer then any of the previous CD-ROM type devices that we have tested so you'd better have some good case cooling. The Samsung SW-252B is not quite available for retail sale yet so we're not really sure how much the unit will retail for, but considering other Samsung optical disk drives the price should be pretty competitive, making it a drive to definitely consider next time you hit the computer store.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SW252B
 Pg 1.  Samsung SW252B 52x24x52 CD-RW Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks: CDspeed data/Audio Tests
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: Sandra 2002 and Burn Tests

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