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    Lite-On LTR-52327S CD-RW & LTC-48161H Combo CD-RW/DVD Review
    Author: Matt
    Date Posted: May 20th, 2003
    SLRating - LTR-52327S 52x32x52 CD-RW: SLRating: 8/10
    SLRating LTC-48161H 48x24x48x16 Combo CD-RW/DVD: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: Lite-On comes out with two new drives and we bring you an exclusive premier of the LTR-52327S 52x32x52 CD-RW, and following that, a look at their jack of all trades LTC-48161H 48x24x48x16 Combo CD-RW/DVD drive. We'll show you how they compare against each other and some of the competition...

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    The following is the Nero CD Speed tests of both drives. For these benchmarks a test data disk was burned in Nero CD Speed and the same disk was used in both drives. By maintaining a constant angular velocity as the disk spins, Nero measures the linear velocity at each minute mark on the CD moving outwards from the center. The yellow line is the constant angular velocity (CAV), and the green line is the linear velocity (LV).

    The starting LV speed, the average LV speed and the final LV speed are indications of how fast the drive is during read and write usage. Seek times are an average of how long it takes the drive to find data in the specified locations. CPU usage is an indication of the load the drive puts on the CPU during the various speeds. Interface Burst Rate I suppose is an indication of how fast spurts of data can be under ideal situations.

    Both drives support a relatively new CD-RW burning format called Mt. Rainier. Mt. Rainier enables the user to "drag and drop" files directly onto a CD-RW and burn them right away. Older drag and drop formats required special software to be installed in addition to 20 minute format times of the disk before burning could even take place. Mt. Rainier has what is called "background formatting" which formats the disk on the fly so removes the need for pre-formatting. Also there is no need to erase Mt. Rainier disks before rewriting, they can simply be written over. Windows XP and ME both have built in Mt. Rainier support, and after testing a Mt. Rainier burned disk on several old drives I was impressed by how well the whole system worked. To find more about Mt. Rainier click here.

    For test burn times I used a 681MB Divx file that took up 77:26.11 minutes of real estate on Memorex 52x 700MB 80 minute CD-Rs. The LTR-52327S burned the disk in 2:28 minutes, the LTC-48161H burned the disk in 2:55. The Yamaha CRW-F1 44x24x44 took 3:12. The Lite-On LTR-48125S 48x12x48 CD-RW took 2:33.

    LTR-52327S Results:

    LTC-48161H Results:

    LTR-48125S Results:

    Yamaha CRW-F1 Results

    Toshiba SD-M1402 DVD-ROM Results:


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    1. Introduction
    2. The LTR-52327S
    3. The LTC-48161H
    4. Packaging/Appearance/Installation/Documentation
    5. Performance
    6. Conclusions

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