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MSI CR52-A2 52x24x52x CD-RW Review
MSI CR52-A2 52x24x52x CD-RW Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI 52x24x52 CD-RW obviously offers 52x speed write, 24x rewrite, and 52x read speeds.
 87% Rating:   
Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI 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 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
Drive Index 2426 1992 1974 1979 1978 2071 1745 2533 1282 n/a
Buffered Read: 1893kb/s 2300kb/s 1627kb/s 1758kb/s 1646kb/s 1484kb/s 1327kb/s 2273kb/s 19MB/s n/a
Sequential Read: 3408kb/s 2802 kb/s 2919kb/s 2848kb/s 2907kb/s 2933kb/s 2380kb/s 3663kb/s 1699kb/s n/a
Random Read: 952kb/s 776 kb/s 551kb/s 675kb/s 584kb/s 777kb/s 778kb/s 835kb/s 660kb/s n/a
Access Time: 194ms 238ms 73ms 52ms 68ms 114ms 109ms 112ms 112ms n/a

Sandra does nothing much of the MSI 52x CD-RW unfortunately. The access time is second only to the Plextor 40x CD-RW - however the drive's drive index and overall bandwidth are quite high (which is good).

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 MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340




Media Write Speed: 52x 24x 40X 12X 32X 12X 40X 12X 40X 10X 32X 10X 24X 10X
Avg Speed: 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: 23.82x 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: 52.25x 24x 40.05x 12x 20.02 10.01x 40.00x 12x 32.08x 12.03x 32.04x 9.97 24.03x 10.01x

Please note, we had to changed the scale on the graph to illustrate the 52x speed the MSI drive is capable of for CDR's. The average speed of the drive is just under the 40x speed mark, but the end speed clearly cracks the 52x speed marker at 52.25x. Since our test CD-RW is rated for 24x, the MSI CR52A-A2 was able to run 24x with no problems.


Yes it's true that MSI are the new kid on the Optical Disk Drive block, but other manufacturers out there should definitely look out! As we saw in our tests the MSI CR52A-A2 is extremely fast (yes I know it's the highest rated drive too) in reading, writing and rewriting. Access for each different type disc varied from mediocre to good but when you consider the drive is only $85 CDN ($60 US), all is pretty much forgiven.

While noise does not bother me, I did notice that the MSI CR52A-A2 was a bit louder then most other drives we test here. So much for their AWSS. ;) The quick installation guide is a bit skimpy, and novice users may have difficulty installing the drive. The Nero 5 instructions booklet is also on the thin side and does not really do the burning software any justice.

Bottom line, the MSI CR52A-A2 delivers an good combination of performance and value and any user looking for a new CD writer should definitely not overlook it!

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Contents of Article: MSI CR52-A2
 Pg 1.  MSI CR52-A2 52x24x52x CD-RW Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks: CD-Speed Data/Audio
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: Sandra 2002 and Burn Tests

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