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Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review
Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review - PCSTATS
Samsung have been pumping out optical drives lately, and today we're going to be taking a look at their latest SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD combo drive.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Apr 25 2003   C. Sun  
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Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review

While working on my dad's home theatre SFF PC recently, I found out just how useful combo CD-ROM drives can really be. Because this computer was hooked up to an old 10-BaseT home Ethernet at my parents house which also has broadband internet access, my had dad downloaded a whole lot of stuff he wanted to burn.

He likes to use the SFF PC on the 52" HDTV instead of his main PC, but this tiny computer didn't have room for both a DVD-ROM and CDR-RW burner. You can imagine that transferring Gigabytes worth of data over their old 10BaseT LAN is just not an option, and in the end I went out to buy a CD-RW/DVD combo drive so he could burn his data right then and there.

Samsung has been pumping out quite a bit of value optical drives lately and today we're going to be taking a look at their latest SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD combo drive. In terms of speed the Samsung SM-352 is in the fastest class for combo drives on the market. With an 8MB memory buffer and Samsung's 'Buffer Under Run Free' technology, the SM-352 pretty much guarantees error free burning.

The SM-352 supports the usual DAO (Disc at Once), TAO (Track at Once), SAO (Session at Once) and Multi session Packet Writing (variable and Fixed) burning methods. The drive also supports CD-R types 74/80/90 (650MB/700MB/800MB) and CD-RW types 74/80. If you're reading CD's the drive supports up to Ultra DMA mode 2 (33MB/s transfers).

samsung sm-352 52x24x52x16 cd-rw/dvd

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


Even though the natural position of the drive is horizontal, it can be used and mounted vertically thanks to the retention clips on the tray. The rear of the Samsung SM-352 looks exactly like all other optical devices, there is the molex power connector, IDE, Master/Slave/CS jumper, analog and digital audio headers.

pcstats test system specs:

computer hardware:


athlonxp 3000+

clock speed:

13 x 166 mhz = 2.17 ghz

motherboards: epox 8gda+
chipset: nvidia nforce2 igp

ati radeon 9700 pro


2x 256mb corsair xms3500 cas2

hard drive: 20gb maxtor diamondmax+
cdrom: samsung sm-352 52x24x52x16 cd-rw/dvd

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
nero dvd 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 SM-352 (CD-RW/DVD) 2060 kb/s
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

The SM-352 CD-RW/DVD combo drive scores in the middle of the pack here in CD Winbench 99. Performance is good, but not quite up to the speeds registered with the MSI CR52A-A2.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SM-352
 Pg 1.  — Samsung SM-352 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks: CD Speed/Audio Tests
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2002 and Burn Tests
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Nero DVD-Speed and Conclusion

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