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Liteon 52/24/52 - The Fastest CD-RW Burner in the World - Benchmarks - Test System and Nero Burning ROM and Sandra

Over the last few years CD burners have increased in popularity immensely and are slowly being pushed to replace the humble floppy disk drive. Today Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot takes a look at Liteon's 52/25/52 burner which the Taiwanese company claim is the "The Fastest CD-RW Burner in the World" today. Is this true? Read on and find out!

By: | Optical Drives & Media in Storage | Posted: Dec 3, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Liteon IT


- Test System


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz (Supplied by Intel Australia)


Motherboard(s): FIC VC19 (Supplied by FIC)


Memory(s): 512mb Crucial PC2700 (Supplied by Crucial)


Video Card(s): nVidia GeForce4 Ti4200 Reference (Supplied by nVidia)


Hard Disk(s): Seagate 80gb 7,200 RPM ATA100


Sound Card(s): Sound Blaster Extigy


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional


Drivers Used: Native OS - Sony 16/10/40 and Liteon 52/24/52


Software Used: Nero Burning ROM, Nero CD Speed, SiSoft Sandra 2003, CD Tach 98


Please Note - We used TDK 700mb 80min CD-R media capable of writing at 52x and 16x respectively on both of our test products. The 615mb data CD we used was Need for Speed - HP2 by EA Games. No firmware updates were applied to either drive.


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- On The Fly (615mb)



For our first benchmark we burnt a 615mb data CD "on the fly" from our source drive Pioneer 16x DVD. The Liteon 52x drive certainly kept the Pioneer drive on its toes the entire time since the Pioneer drive could only read at a maximum speed of 40x - This did not seem to effect our burning procedure though with the Liteon drive beating the slower Sony drive by over three and a half minutes.


Given 40x was the highest obtainable write speed in this test, the Liteon drive performed very well indeed.


- Image from HDD - (615mb)



In this benchmark the 615mb source image from the Pioneer 16x DVD had to be copied to the HDD then results were recorded from each burner for the total time (including writing the image to HDD) required.


The Liteon drive shows almost a three minute advantage in this test.


SiSoft Sandra CD-ROM Benchmark


SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2003 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



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This test did not compare the burn speed capabilities from each drive. Sandra 2003 CD-ROM synthetic benchmark tested each of the drives to determine their performance when reading CDs with access times and so forth taken into consideration.


We see that the Liteon drive takes a clear advantage over the Sony drive which is only able to read at 40x. This benchmark is useful for those intend on using the burner as their standard standalone CD drive as well.


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