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Samsung SM308 8x4x32x8 DVD-CDRW Review

Samsung SM308 8x4x32x8 DVD-CDRW Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Not only do Combo drives read CD-ROMs, and Audio CD's, they also write CD-R, rewrite CD/RW, and most importantly read DVD-ROMs.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Dec 14 2001   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Optical Drives > Samsung SM308

Benchmarks: CD/Audio/DVD

Nero CDSpeed 99 Data Benchmarks

Samsung SM308 - Data Tests

Nero CD Speed 99 - Data Benchmarks
DVD Drive SM-308 SW-216
Disk Type Data Data
Avg Speed 24.25x 24.94x
Random Seek Time 159ms 94ms
1/3 Seek Time 120ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 1390ms 192ms
DAE Quality N/A N/A
CPU use: 1X 1% 1%
CPU use: 2X 2% 2%
CPU use: 4X 5% 5%
CPU use: 8X 10% 9%
Burst Rate - -
Disk Eject Time 1.31s 1.19s
Disk Load Time: 1.08s 1.14s

During the CD-Speed data transfer tests, the CPU usage remained very low, not moving up past 10%, which is quite good. Disk eject and load times sat at 1.31sec and 1.08sec respectively. It took just under 8 seconds for the drive to recognize the test disk.

As with just about every CD-ROM, the actual average speed is always lower than the listed rate, which in this case saw speeds hovering around 24X . The SM-308 was very also quiet while in operation.

Nero CDSpeed 99 Audio Benchmarks

Samsung SM308 - Audio Tests

Nero CD Speed 99 - Audio Benchmarks
DVD Drive SM-308 SW-216
Disk Type Audio Audio
Avg Speed 16.92x 22.32x
Random Seek Time 108ms 97ms
1/3 Seek Time 124ms 98ms
Full Seek Time 212ms 163ms
DAE Quality 10 10
CPU use: 1X 4% 2%
CPU use: 2X 2% 4%
CPU use: 4X 5% 7%
CPU use: 8X 11% 13%
Burst Rate - -
Disk Eject Time 1.30 1.18
Disk Load Time: 1.08 1.14

Audio benchmarks are in line with the data ones, although CPU usage does jump up slightly to 11%. Compared to the Samsung SW-216, the SM-308 illustrated slightly slower read times on the audio disk, and slower random seek times as well. The SW-216 is a 16-10-32 CDRW, so it does not naturally support the DVD format.

Nero DVD Speed 99 Benchmarks

Please note that most DVD-ROMs performed below their advertised maximum speed ratings. Generally the rated maximum speeds are lower during the benchmark portions of tests.

Samsung SM-308 DVD Tests

Nero DVD Speed 99 Benchmark
DVD Drive SM308
Disk Type DVD-Video
Avg Speed 3.67x
Random Seek Time 104ms
1/3 Seek Time 110ms
Full Seek Time 361ms
CPU use: 1X 14%
CPU use: MAX n/a

As you can tell from the scores, the SM308 drive performed about half the listed speed during our DVD Speed 99 test with the Matrix DVD. During the test, the SM-308 posed a 14% CPU utilization score, and some pretty good random seek times. The full seek time was longer than what we had hoped to see.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SM308
 Pg 1.  Samsung SM308 8x4x32x8 DVD-CDRW Review
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks: CD/Audio/DVD
 Pg 3.  Conclusions

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