Samsung TS-H552 DVD+RW ReviewFormer staff writer -
TestingInstallation is fairly easy - simply slide into place, secure and attach the appropriate wiring. The drive is a bit shorter then some of the older drives out there - sliding in at 184mm, the drive leaves a bit of extra wiggle room in some of the smaller cases, but is not immediately necessary in some of the full tower cases out there.
So, we get to the meat and potatoes of the article. Packaged along with the Nero 6 version is a handy little CD/DVD Speed program that lets you benchmark your optical drives. The program allows you to see what type of burning process the drive offers, the speeds at which it begins/ends at as well as the average, seek times, burst rates and even the time it takes to open and close the drive. As well, with an audio disc, you can test the DAE quality - how well the disc reads and copies music when burning.
And as a general FAQ, this page provides an excellent resource on virtually everything DVD. Using their DVD Writer List, we find that the only 2 incompatible formats with this writer are DVD±RDL, and DVD-RAM.
This test takes a DVD+R (4.35G) and reads it from beginning to end, testing drive speed with DVD, read type, access times and burst rate, as well as CPU usage for different set drive speeds.
As we can see, the drive reaches and surpasses the given 8x speed, with an average read speed of approximately 6x. At the higher read speeds, the load on the CPU becomes much larger, but not so much to drown a modern system.
Similar to the previous test, this benchmark takes a burned Data CD (77:53.47) and reads it from beginning to end, testing drive speed with DVD, read type, access times and burst rate, as well as CPU usage for different set drive speeds.
Again, we see the drive reaching nearly 49x thus surpassing the listed drive speed, with an average speed of approximately 37x. At higher read speeds, no noticible impact was made on the test system.