Nero, Sandra Benchmarks
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
- CDSpeed Audio Tests|
|Nero CD Speed 99 - Audio Benchmarks|
|Random Seek Time
|1/3 Seek Time
|Full Seek Time
|CPU use: 1X
|CPU use: 2X
|CPU use: 4X
|CPU use: 8X
|Disk Recog. Time:
|Disk Eject Time:
|Disk Load Time:
Audio benchmarks are in line with the data ones,
although CPU usage usually jumps and average disk speeds drop
down. In this set of tests, the Samsung SC-152 again posted a lower
CPU usage value (11%) than the other Samsung drives, and
interestingly the lowest average speed. In this set of test the Pioneer DVD
had the best CPU usage times, and average speed. Access times between the SC-152
and the Pioneer drive were about the
| SiSoft Sandra 2001 CDROM
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. Unfortunately we do not have the test results
from the SW-216 to include in this comparison because an older version of Sandra
was originally used to test it.
|SiSoft Sandra 2001 CDROM Benchmark Results|
| Buffered Read:
| Randon Read:
Sandra has always been a staple of optical drive benchmarking and in this set
of tests the SC-152 fairs the best with a Drive Index of 2533. The Pioneer DVD
drive, which has been giving the SC-152 the most competition of all the drives
produces a much lower Drive Index of just 1282, although its DVD capabilities
give it an unfair advantage in terms of buffered read.
All in all, most consumers tend to shop for CD-ROM drives by price alone.
Speaking from personal experience, when we're at the computer store shopping for
CD-ROMs for a new system, it is price first before speed - so long as the
drive is over 40X.
With the Samsung SC-152 sure to be on the shelf at very
competitive rates (as low as $25USD on some web retailers, the pioneer drive, in
case you are wondering is about twice the price) you wouldn't have to sacrifice
speed for a anything less than a very fast CDROM.