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Samsung SW224 24-10-40 CDRW Burner

Samsung SW224 24-10-40 CDRW Burner - PCSTATS
Abstract: The SW224 uses 2MB of buffer and has 512KB of flash memory so the firmware could be updated in the future if necessary.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Mar 05 2002   Max Page  
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Nero CD-Speed, Sandra benchmarks

Nero CD Speed 99 - Data - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

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 CD-ROM with about 640MB of data as the test disk. Using a CDR or CDRW as the test disk may (or may not) impact the results slightly, so the pressed disk is the de facto standard.

Samsung SW-224 - CDSpeed Data Tests

Nero CD Speed 99 - Data Benchmarks
Optical Drive SW-224 SC-152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data
Avg Speed 30.82x 38.90x 32.30x 24.94x
Random Seek Time 87ms 86ms 86ms 94ms
1/3 Seek Time 91ms 105ms 100ms 112ms
Full Seek Time 137ms 181ms 164ms 192ms
CPU use: 1X 1% 1% 0% 1%
CPU use: 2X 3% 2% 1% 2%
CPU use: 4X 7% 4% 2% 5%
CPU use: 8X 11% 8% 3% 9%
Disk Recognition Time: 9.15s 6.30s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time 1.12s 1.05s 1.19s 1.19s
Disk Load Time: 1.10s 1.14s 7.26s 1.14s

During the CD-Speed data transfer tests, the CPU usage remained pretty good, at 11%, which is respectable. Average disk speeds sit at 30.8x times which is lower than the listed 40X speed on the drive. However the drive peaks at just over 40X which proves its rating. Access times are inline with the rest of the reference optical drives, and while disk recognition times are slow at 9sec, the disk load time is a slim 1.1sec.

Nero CD Speed 99 - Audio - Benchmarks Source: Ahead Software

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 alone.

Samsung SW-224 - CDSpeed Audio Tests

Nero CD Speed 99 - Audio Benchmarks
Optical Drive SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Audio Audio Audio Audio
Avg Speed 22.98x 18.97x 29.96x 22.32x
Random Seek Time 86ms 88ms 88ms 97ms
1/3 Seek Time 102ms 98ms 95ms 98ms
Full Seek Time 157ms 167ms 161ms 163ms
DAE Quality 10 10 10 10
CPU use: 1X 2% 1% 0% 2%
CPU use: 2X 6% 3% 1% 4%
CPU use: 4X 14% 5% 2% 7%
CPU use: 8X 23% 11% 4% 13%
Disk Recog. Time: 8.38s 4.35s 0.01s -
Disk Eject Time: 1.10s 1.06s 1.19s 1.18s
Disk Load Time: 1.10s 1.14s 7.33s 1.14s

In the audio spectrum, the SW-224 hits a nice speed of 22X, which compared to the other drives is about mid-road. CPU utilization jumps to a heavy 23%, and disk access times remain fairly good at 86ms for random seek.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 CDROM Benchmarks 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. 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
Optical Drive SW-224 SC152 DVD-500M SW-216
Disk Type Data Data Data Data
Drive Index 1745 2533 1282 n/a
Buffered Read: 1327kb/s 2273kb/s 19MB/s n/a
Sequential Read: 2380kb/s 3663kb/s 1699kb/s n/a
Randon Read: 778kb/s 835kb/s 660kb/s n/a
Acess Time: 109ms 112ms 112ms n/a

Sandra again pegs the SW-224 as a middle of the road optical drive (remember it is just a 40X CDROM) with a Drive Index of 1745. The buffered read rates are a bit slower than the SC-152, a 52X CDROM, but again we are dealing with a difference in speeds here.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SW224
 Pg 1.  Samsung SW224 24-10-40 CDRW Burner
 Pg 2.  — Nero CD-Speed, Sandra benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Burn tests and Conclusions

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