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Gigabyte M1600A Multimedia DVD-ROM Review

Gigabyte M1600A Multimedia DVD-ROM Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The DVD/CDROM lies hidden behind the front control panel, and with the push of a button that easily folds down so that disc's can be changed.
Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 05 2003   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: CD Speed, Sandra 2003

Nero CD Speed 99 - Audio - Benchmarks 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 test we use a pressed Audio CD with about 65 minutes of audio on it as the test disk. CDROM's in general have a harder time processing audio data, and hence the results can be drastically slower than that of data tests alone.

Gigabyte M1600A - CDSpeed Audio Tests

Optical Drive Gigabyte M1600A MSI CR52M SM-352 SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340

Disc Type Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 19.88x 23.97x 30.50x 28.29x 31.09x 8.03x 27.51x 29.58x
Random Seek Time 77ms 116ms 101ms 104ms 89ms 162ms 105ms 134ms
1/3 Seek Time 91ms 99ms 112ms 111ms 90ms 185ms 119ms 109ms
Full Seek Time 141ms 179ms187ms 177ms 309ms 254ms 172ms 520ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
CPU use: 1X 1% 1% 4% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1%
CPU use:2X 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 3% 1%
CPU use: 4X 5% 13% 3% 4% 3% 3% 5% 3%
CPU use: 8X 10% 100% 100% 9% 5% 69% 10% 6%
Disc Recog. Time: 9.35s 9.91s 7.54s 4s 0.48s 0.08s 6.99s 0.02s
Disc Eject Time: 3.45s 4.55s 2.8s 1.44s 2.69s 1.66s 1.55s 1.31s
Disc Load Time: 1.40s 0.92s 1.48s 1.13s 10.12 19.25s 1.28s 7.60s

Audio and data discs are not the same, and so it is always a good idea to test the drive with each medium. In this test with an audio CD, we can see average read times rank in at about 20X, which is just about middle of the pack. CPU usage stays low, and seek times are also quite good.

SiSoft Sandra 2003 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 Gigabyte M1600A MSI CR52M SM-352 SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA

LG 32/10/40

MSI 8340

Disk Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 1687 1860 2098 2207 2426 1992 1974 1979
Buffered Read: 1375kb/s 1441kb/s 1492kb/s 1582kb/s 1893kb/s 2300kb/s 1627kb/s 1758kb/s
Sequential Read: 2203kb/s 2661kb/s 3004kb/s 3284kb/s 3408kb/s 2802 kb/s 2919kb/s 2848kb/s
Random Read: 914kb/s 658kb/s 740kb/s 792kb/s 952kb/s 776 kb/s 551kb/s 675kb/s
Access Time: 164ms 53ms 261 ms 245ms 194ms 238ms 73ms 52ms

Sandra offers a good measure of data rates, and with a drive index of 1687, things are standard, but not top of the pack. Access times remain pretty good though.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte M1600A
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte M1600A Multimedia DVD-ROM Review
 Pg 2.  Hidden Features and More
 Pg 3.  How well does it really work?
 Pg 4.  Different Media Types
 Pg 5.  Test system specs and benchmarks
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: CD Speed, Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Nero DVD Speed tests

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