|PCstats Test System
||AMD Athlon (TBird) 1GHz @ 1.44GHz AXIA-Y (9x160FSB)|
Zalman CNPS 5000 Plus (all copper heatsink w/Zalman fan blowing downwards)
512MB PC133 SDRAM Infineon CAS3@160FSB
Iwill KK266-R (RAID on-board)
2x Maxtor DiamondMAX Plus 40GB @ 7200RPM (running RAID 0 as 80GB)
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 32MB 4xAGP (185/185 Core/Mem)
Voyetra Turtle Beach Santa Cruz 5.1 PCI
3Com 905C 10/100Mb Fast Ethernet PCI
LG Flatron 915FT Plus 19" .24 dpi (1280x1024@85Hz)
Antec SX-1030 w/Enermax 430Watt P/S
||MS Windows 2000
Pro Service Pack 2|
Nero DVD Speed
All the latest software & drivers were installed for this review. The
following DVD-ROM drives were used in this review: Samsung SD-616 DVDROM 16x
DVD/48xCD, Pioneer DVD-106S DVD-ROM 16x DVD/40x CD, Toshiba SDM-1212 DVD-ROM 6x
DVD Low-Level Tests: In order to gauge the performance of the Samsung SD-616, the benchmarking program Nero DVD Speed 0.52 Beta (a.k.a. DVD Speed 99) was used along with the "Matrix" DVD, to measure the performance of the drives' following attributes: access time, transfer rate and cpu utilization with DVD-Videos.
DVD Playback: Using Cyberlinks PowerDVD version 3 (I didn't use the version that Samsung shipped with their unit), I visually examined playback for the drives smoothness. For the "Matrix" DVD, I watched scene #28 (the "Lobby Shooting Spree") and checked for any pauses, skipping, or jerkiness during the film sequences. Using the "Matrix" DVD, I particularly paid attention to the scene 15 (the "Morpheus vs.Neo matchup"), checking for both a smooth and fluid playback. Each scene was watched at least once with attention paid towards any discrepancies (if any) during the viewing stages.
Nero CD Speed 0.83 Beta (a.k.a. CD Speed 99) was used to test the DVD drives for its CD data/audio performance.
For the CD Data and Audio tests, I chose the following CD's: Id Softwares'
Quake 3 Arena was used for the CD Data tests Brandy: Never Say Never was used
for the CD Audio portion of the tests. The average from 3 runs were reported for
each of the drives. In order to maintain consistency and achieve reproducible
results, the 3 tests were conducted in a single run per drive, with a full
system reboot between each testing.