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Samsung SW-216B - Write/ReWrite Performance Results

  October 10, 2001 Author: Tim Zakharov  

Write/ReWrite Tests

CD-R Based Duplication

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Ahead Software's Nero Burning ROM measures how long each tested drive takes to duplicate audio and data test discs when burning at maximum speeds. All drives are tested as "source" and "destination," creating results for "imaging" as well as "writing."

With the audio disc, the Samsung's image times remain very competitive with the competition, just a few seconds behind the Ricoh. Actual burn times clock in at 5:02, 5 seconds behind of the PX-W1610TA for the top spot among 16X writers.

Duplication results with the data disc show the Samsung to image a bit slower than the competition due to the drive's 32X maximum transfers. However, at 5:22, write times again are second best among 16X drives, behind only the Plextor.

CD-RW Based Duplication

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Here the pressed data disk is duplicated to CD-RW media at the drive's fastest rewrite speeds. At present, 10X is the quickest rewrite speed available, and all drives in the comparison are 10X rewriters.

With all drives on a level playing field, the Samsung completes the rewrite process in 8:01. This is good enough for 2nd place in our comparison, a scant 1% slower than Ricoh's MP7200A.

JustSpeed Performance

Note: Ahead Software's Nero Burning ROM can toggle JustSpeed. It remained enabled for all JustSpeed tests.

JustSpeed is designed to provide optimal write speeds with any given media. However, because the SW-216B is a 16X writer in a time when it is nearly impossible to purchase media rated less than 16X, it's likely the technology won't get much of a workout unless one has a stash of older media to finish off.

As expected, the Samsung had no problems completing write tests at 16X with all 16X-rated media thrown at it. With media from TDK, Memorex, Sony and Imation, write tests completed in roughly 5:20 with all samples.

Interestingly, with some higher-rated media on the drive, there are mixed results. Verbatim's 24X media was written to at 16X without issue, but 24X media from Taiyo Yuden was recognized as 12X by Samsung's drive (with write times to match), while Yamaha 20X Certified media was recognized as 16X-capable, but with write times actually indicating 12X speeds. It's likely that these discs are too new to be recognized by the SW-216B's firmware code; Samsung may likely add full support for these media in future firmware releases.

CD-R Based Stress Tests

During a burn process at the drive's maximum write speed, we first run CPU-intensive tasks to see how the drive is able to maintain its task under heavy-load conditions. Then, we hit Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up the Close Program dialog box. This freezes the testbed mid-burn. When Nero indicates the drive buffer is empty, we hit Esc to cancel the dialog box and resume the burn.

The drive's JustLink technology works as advertised: burns paused various times complete successfully with no problems encountered with reading the data.

InCD Formatting

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Ahead's InCD formats CD-RW media.

The SW-216B completes a full format in 12:07, which good enough for 3rd place in this comparison. Only the MP7200A and CRW2200E format CD-RW media for packet-writing more swiftly.

InCD Packet-Writing Performance

Packet-write speeds are tested by timing the copy of a 195 MB folder from the hard disk to an InCD-formatted CD-RW via Windows Explorer.

The Samsung completes the copy in 2:37 to come in 4th place. All drives perform within 4% of each other in this tightly grouped race.

Nero CD-RW Erasing

Finally, Nero's CD-RW eraser utility times how long it takes to return a formatted CD-RW to a blank state.

The SW-216B is 2nd fastest in this measure, completing the task in 8:06. Once again all drives perform nearly identically with less than 3% difference between top and bottom drives.



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