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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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Samsung SW-252B 52x24x52 CD-RW Review

While Samsung monitors are well known amongst consumers, the companies' optical devices have only recently begun to generate notice amongst cash-strapped consumers. After all, the competition in the optical drive industry is incredibly high, and even mainboard manufacturers are entering into the fold. Enough of that, today we're going to throw Samsung's latest CD-RW the SW-252B into the pit and see just how it stands up to the competition.

With a rating of 52x write, 24x rewrite and 52x read speed, you won't be able to find anything faster then the SW-252B currently on the market. In terms of features, the drive has a large 8MB frame buffer as well as Buffer Under Run Free technology (all these BURN proof type technologies work on the same concept) and can support even 90min (790 MB) CD-R's!

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). Unfortunately the Samsung SW-252B is not quite available to the public yet so I'm not sure how much the unit will retail for, but Samsung usually prices their products quite aggressively.

samsung sw-252b 52x24x52 cdrw

Ships with the following:
  • User's Guide
  • Nero Burning ROM 5
  • 52x CD-R Disc
  • 24x CD-RW Disc
  • Audio Cable
  • Mounting Screws


With disc mounting clips on the tray, the drive can be used in both the vertical and horizontal positions. The rear of the drive looks exactly like every other CD-ROM type device, there's the molex power connector, IDE connector, Master/Slave/Cable Select Jumpers (set to Master by default) and the analog and digital audio ports.

pcstats test system specs:

computer hardware:


athlonxp 3000+

clock speed:

13 x 166 mhz = 2.17 ghz

motherboards: epox 8rda+
chipset: nvidia nforce2 spp

ati radeon 9700 pro


2x 256mb corsair xms3500 cas2

hard drive: 20gb maxtor diamondmax+
cdrom: samsung sw-252b 52x24x52 cd-rw

panasonic 1.44mb floppy drive

heatsink: thermalright sk-6 w/40cfm ys tech
powersupply: vantec 470w stealth psu
software setup windowsxp build 2600
nforce 2.03
ati catalyst 3.1

cd winbench 99
nero cd speed
sisoft sandra 2002

CD WinBench 99 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

The e-TestingLabs 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
Test Drive Results
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

According to CD Winbench 99, the Samsung SW-252B is a middle of the pack performer. Not particularly fast, but not the slowest either.

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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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