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OptoRite 48/16/48 CD-RW Burner Review

By: Cameron Johnson | Optical Drives & Media in Storage | Posted: Dec 15, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: OptoRite

Test System


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (Supplied by Intel Australia)


Motherboard(s): Gigabyte 8PE667 Ultra (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Memory(s): 2x256MB Kingmax PC3200 (Supplied by Kingmax)


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


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


Sound Card(s): Sound Blaster Audigy


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional


Drivers Used: Native OS - MSI DragonWrite 40/12/48 and Optorite 48/16/48


Software Used: Nero Burning ROM and SiSoft Sandra 2003


Nero Burning ROM


Nero Burning ROM is the best friend your recorder could ever have. Fast, ultra-stable, powerful, and user-friendly, Nero is the complete answer to your recording needs. Since 1995, Nero's development has been guided by users like you





We see that the 48x CD-RW takes a slight lead over the 40x CD-RW but not as large as we would hope.


When moving up in recording speeds the media is unable to sustain full recording speeds on the outer read of the CD. When we checked, the unit only ran at 48x for less than four minutes, the rest of the time it was at 40x and 32x.


SiSoft Sandra 2003


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. We used this to test CPU Raw Performance, Multimedia Instruction Set and Memory Bandwidth Performance. While they are all synthetic results, they do give us a general idea of what is happening and where a component's strengths and weaknesses are.



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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.


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