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Asus 20x20 SATA Light Scribe DVD Burner Review

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Using the Nero 7 Ultra CD-DVD speed application we will test the transfer rates of all of the optical drives for both DVD and CD. I will also be performing a CPU test running at 8x.

These tests are a great way to see exactly what strain these drives will put on your system while burning, as well as give you a ball park figure of how well they will perform over all. These are what I consider to be the most important part of the testing.  If an optical drive is going to hog resources, it is not worth using. I don't like having to stop everything I am doing to burn a simple DVD or CD. The days of turning everything off and not breathing on my old K6-2 so it wouldn't wreck another disc are long gone.  Let's see how these drives perform.







The better the average drive speed, the better it performs.


Again we see SATA pulling ahead, this time with a much more forcefull lead over the IDE drive.


CPU usage test:

One thing that is important to most enthusiasts is resources. How many or how little resources your computer is using at any given time seriously effects system performance. In this test we will see how your CPU is effected by IDE and SATA at 8X. The lower the CPU usage, the better.


The results show that the Asus doesn't hog a lot of CPU bandwidth compared to the others, but its over all performance isn't keeping up with an older IDE drive; this is a bit troubling. The next two tests will be based on the SATA drives only. I will be testing burn times on a 4.36 DVD file. I will see how much time it takes to burn, and then run a burn quality test on the two disks.

After running the tests we see a 20 second speed difference between the LG and the Asus. When I ran the quality check both disks were 100% error free, so the quality was evenly matched.

I ran a test to see how long it would take to burn an image in high contrast using the Asus drive. For those that are interested it takes 26.45 minutes to complete a high contrast image on a Light Scribe CD or DVD. I think we all recognize Carl the ninja hamster from Blockbuster, my avatar.

Let's go on to the closing thoughts.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup
  4. Testing: Continued
  5. Conclusion
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