When I first heard of an external device for optical drives, the first thing that crossed my mind was the possibility of viewing DVD movies on a laptop. While I won't be using a laptop device for testing, I will be testing the external device with a DVD burner so that I can see firsthand how it will handle this task. Additionally I'll be using the Nero CD Speed test utility to do a direct comparison between the drive installed within the system and by both of the available interfaces. This should let us see how it handles the chores of data access from all angles.
Before we dig any deeper into our testing phase, however, lets take a quick look at the test system.
Thermaltake SHARK Aluminum Enclosure (supplied by Thermaltake)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 Processor (supplied by Newegg.com)
ABIT AV8 Motherboard w/ nForce3 Ultra Chipset (supplied by ABIT)
512MB OCZ PC3500 Memory (supplied by OCZ)
Micro Advantage 4x DVD-RW Drive
So what are we waiting for?
Just so everyone is on the same page, the first screenshot above is the drive set as Master on the secondary IDE channel. This is the way most folks will have a burning device configured in their own systems. The second shot shows the results in USB 2.0 mode while the final shot shows the test results when using the IEEE1394 Firewire interface.
I was more than just a little surprised to see the USB interface taking top honors in overall performance. It was even able to produce better access times to the drive through all seek modes. Since CPU usage was minimal in all interfaces, this won't play a large role in our results.
The Firewire had some problems with seek operations during our tests. I'm not sure if this interface just isn't the best choice for optical data transfers or not, but it struggled through all modes of this portion of the testing.
As far as DVD playback is concerned, I had no problems in any of the modes tested. Whether using USB 2.0 or Firewire, playback was smooth, sound tracked perfectly with the video, and I was able to move all over the place in the movie without having the system or the drive cause problems. All playback was smooth and just the way you would want.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Team Fortress 2 blends with Jurassic Park in new update
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild compared on Switch and PC @ 4K
- Qualcomm unveils its new Snapdragon 636 processor
- Analogue's Super Nt will play every SNES game at 1080p
- Surface Book 2 announced: GTX 1060, 17-hour battery life
- ASUS Battery Health Charging - windows 10 
- EK Fluid Gaming: Water-Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide
- Thecus® N2350 & N4350 the most affordable Home NAS series now available worldwide
- COLORFUL iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Vulcan X OC Review
- South Park: The Fractured But Hole Review
- EK Water Blocks releases new Slim Series kits
- BIOSTAR releases new RACING Z370GT7 motherboard
- ASRock announces X299E-ITX/ac, world's first mini-ITX LGA2066 motherboard
- Noctua introduces chromax line fans, cables and heat sink covers
- G.SKILL Releases Fastest 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z RGB Memory Kit at DDR4-4266MHz