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If you are like me, you remember when burners first came out. My first burner was a whopping 8x CD writer. In order for Nero to work correctly, I had to turn every single application off, including my virus scan (I had myself a wonderful AMD K6-2 450). By far, burning a cd was the most irritating operation I've ever gone through. Not only could I not successfully burn at 8x, I couldn't even pull it off at 4x! Continually cranking my speed down to 2x, just so my boat anchor of a pc wouldn't wreck any more discs, and if you remember at that time they were $1 a piece! But I digress. Today's burners have come a long way.

Everything has come a long way since those days. One of those advances is the ATA connector called Serial ATA (SATA). IDE (also referred to as Parallel ATA) had a burstable data rate of 133MB/second, where as the first iteration of SATA had a burst rate of 150MB/second. More recently, SATAII doubled that, coming in at a whopping 300MB/second. With these numbers it should be clear to everyone that SATA blows IDE out of the water, but is that really the case? IDE drives are still being made; are they simply being grandfathered out or are they up to par? Let's find out together by taking a look at a couple of optical drives.


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Closer Look:

When I received the LG SATA DVD burner, I must say I wasn't sure what to think. I must admit I have used several brands of optical drives, such as Benq and Asus. Currently I am already using LG in my main system and have yet to have any problems with it.

As is normal in an OEM product, the GSA-H62N came in a plastic bag along with a CD-ROM sleeve containing PowerDVD, Nero Express, InCD, and Power Producer. I did have to find myself a Molex to SATA power cord converter because my power supply only has one SATA power connector, already being used.

Although the software included was great, I decided to use my Nero 7 Ultra edition software for testing this optical drive's benchmarking and burning tests.






Here we can see the connectors, which may be a strange site for anyone familiar with IDE and not the newer SATA connectors.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Specifications
  4. Testing
  5. Testing (Continued)
  6. Conclusion
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