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AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive Review

AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AOpen COM5252 is capable of burning CD-R media at 52x speeds and CD-RW media at 32x. Reading CD-ROM material hums along at 52x.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Aopen Jul 20 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Aopen COM5232

Software and Media Compatibility

AOpen include Nero Express burning software with the 5232 Combo, which should get you started on the right track. Nero is probably one of the more versatile burning programs on the market, and is even able to overburn CD's!

With Nero's InfoTool we see that the AOpen 5232 Combo is capable of reading pretty much any disc on the market aside from DVD-RAM. Since it's only a CD burner it can only burn to CD media but that should be pretty obvious. ;-)

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed.
CDROM: AOpen 5232 Combo
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 4.4

Workstation Benchmarks

CD Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002
Nero CD Speed

CD Winbench 99 Source: Zdnet

The 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
Optical Drive Results Ranking
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
AOpen 52x32x52x (CD-RW) 2300 kb/s
LG GSA-4082B (DVD-/+RW) 1130 kb/s
Gigabyte GO-W0808A (DVD-/+RW) 2240 kb/s
AOpen 5232 Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM)

2510kb/s

The AOpen 5232 Combo is among the fastest drives in CD Winbench, certainly a great way to start off!

SiSoft Sandra 2002 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.

Sisoft Sandra 2002 Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

AOpen 5232 Combo

LG GSA-4082B

MSI X48

AOpen 52x32x52x Samsung SW-252B MSI CR52A-A2 Plextor W4012TA
Disc Type Data Data Data Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 2574 1627 2187 2133 2207 2426 1992
Buffered Read: 6000 kb/s 779 kb/s 1780 kb/s 1600 kb/s 1582 kb/s 1893 kb/s 2300 kb/s
Sequential Read: 2712 kb/s 2362 kb/s 3005 kb/s 2970 kb/s 3284 kb/s 3408 kb/s 2802 kb/s
Random Read: 2336 kb/s 524 kb/s 961 kb/s 877 kb/s 792 kb/s 952 kb/s 776 kb/s
Access Time: 220 ms 761ms 363ms 411 ms 245 ms 194 ms 238 ms

The AOpen 5232 Combo is definitely a very high performance optical drive. The Drive Index score is definitely very high, and the read scores are also very respectable.

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Contents of Article: Aopen COM5232
 Pg 1.  AOpen COM5232 Combo Drive Review
 Pg 2.  — Software and Media Compatibility
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 5.  A good all around drive

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