Samsung's Disk Drives
a few years ago, when the optical disk drives market was owned by a handful
of companies (unless you wanted cheapness); todayís market has diversified
and offers a variety of quality products.
confirm that statement, we recently received two optical devices from Samsung:
the 24x/10x/40x SW-224 CD-RW Drive, and the 16x/48x SD-616 DVD
this will be the first segment of a two part review on the products mentioned
Part 1: SW-224
an IDE hookup, I inserted a CD in the SW-224; I was delighted to only
hear a slight noise coming from it. In fact, the 24x/10x/40x CD-RW Drive possesses
a built-in Acoustic-noise Reduction System that is quite effective. It was
working so well that, at one point, I even forgot that there was a CD in the
is another manufacturer that opts for a one button interface. .
I guess thatís
it. Now, letís go on to the much expected benchmarks.
is one sample of the data reading test results:
speed was just impressive: a 22.56x average out of a possible 24x! Its performance
was unstable at first, but it rapidly picked up its top speed and just stayed
there. Consequently, I have nothing to reproach it in this test.
for the audio reading results:
the speed was pretty stable throughout the length of the test . The seek times
arenít optimal, but the CPU usage results are quite good. †At least, when
it comes to writing, this CD-RW is great; I tried to write a few CDs with
it and the writing times were quite impressive! It took me 1.45 minutes to
write an entire 650mb CD and 3.02 minutes for an 800mb CD. Also, has shown
in the previous test, its write transfer is excellent. Therefore, when it
its element, this drive performs rather well.†
Last, but not the least,
I will present you the SD-616. This is a 16x/48x DVD drive. No
need for an introduction or first impressions, so letís go see the benchmarks.
letís start of with the CD data reading test results.
On a note, the seek
times are good and the CPU usage outcomes are great.
on to the DVD data results:
results are great! With a great 15.79x speed average, the SD-616
is looking pretty sharp. The Seek times are good and the CPU usage results
are, as always, right on target. For those reasons, I have to admit
that this DVD drive is pretty great when it comes to actual DVDs.
itís time to show you the audio extracting results:
speed is not the best, but it could be worse. Everything was pretty stable,
expect for this mysterious drop a bit more than halfway through the test.
The seek times are better than those from the SW-224 and the CPU
usage results are more than acceptable.
when it all comes down to DVD, the SD-616 met my expectations;
it scored a 15.79x average out of a possible 16x, its seek times were
acceptable, and its CPU usage results were excellent. It might not be
the greatest when it comes down to reading CDs, but when itís time to
read DVDs, this device definitely has what it takes to get the job done.†
the results of the Data extraction tests, the devices we're on the line
of the speed segment. On a better note, they had good results in the CPU
usage test. As for their seek times, they werenít great or bad: just kind
when it came time for the SW-224 and the SD-616 to prove
themselves in there respective fields, they were both almost flawless
and offered tremendous performances.
I recommend you the SW-224 and the SD-616 as value products.
They might not offer you much in the CD data and audio extraction department,
but they are magnificent in there individual areas which are CD recording
and all around DVD usage.