LG GSA-4167B Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Posted 27 November 2005 17:31 CET by Jan70

 

The specifications of the LG GSA-4167B state that the drive is able to write CD-R discs at 48x and CD-RW at 32x. Let us find out how the drive really performs in speed and quality.

Writing Data CD-R discs:


For our data writing tests, we simply set up a new compilation of 700Mb using Nero Burning ROM software. Writing method used is DAO (Disc At Once), and the disc is set up as a non-multisession disc with 'finalize disc" enabled. The screenshot below shows how long it takes to write a disc at the highest speed. (40x):

The drive took 3 minutes and 7 seconds to write the disc at 48x. Let us see how this compares to other drives:

  • Pioneer DVR-110D used 3 minutes and 34 seconds at 40x
  • NU DHW-164 used 3 minutes and 12 seconds at 40x
  • Philips DVDR16LS used 3 minutes and 26 seconds at 40x
  • Samsung TS-E552U used 2 minutes and 52 seconds at 40x
  • LG GSA-4163B used 3 minutes and 15 seconds at 40x
  • Philips DVDR1640P used 3 minutes and 17 seconds at 40x
  • NU DDW-082 used 3 minutes and 2 seconds at 40x
  • Samsung TS-H552B used exactly 3 minutes at 40x         
  • Plextor PX-708A used 2 minutes and 58 seconds at 40x

 

Write Quality:


We will test CD-R discs from different CD-R manufacturers. To really measure the write speed, we used the 'create data CD" function in Nero CD-Speed. The discs were written at the maximum speed that the drive supports. For the quality test, we used KProbe 2 which is a tool developed by a Lite-On employee. It runs under Windows and works with drives made by Lite-On. Also note that different drives and different reading speeds may affect the results obtained when scanning the discs. We used a Lite-On SOHR-5238S drive with firmware 4S07 and scanned the discs at 48X speed.

A written CD-R disc will always have some C1 errors; C1 errors are easily corrected by the drive's error correction capabilities. The next level of errors is C2, while C2 errors could also be corrected by most drive's error correction capabilities; they are not wanted on a good quality disc. A good disc should not contain any C2 errors, and preferably have an average C1 error amount of below 2.0 for the best discs, or at least below 10.0 averages for good quality discs. After C2 errors, there are only un-correctable errors that will make a disc unusable.

Below are the obtained results:



 

Brand:

Unbranded Printable. Thanks to SVP UK for sending us this media

Manufacturer:

Taiyo Yuden

Code:

97m24s01f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 1: Long Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)

Capacity:

79:59.72 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

48x

Write Speed:

48x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

3m:7s

C1 Average/Sec:

0.15

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

Media made by Taiyo Yuden have always had a good reputation and with the average C1 errors of 0.15 it goes into the group 'best quality discs" category. Highly recommended!




Brand:

Infiniti Professional White Top '“ Thanks to
Medea International (UK) for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

CMC Magnetics

Code:

97m26s66f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.71 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

48x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

3m:7s

C1 Average/Sec:

2.47

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

With a C1 average of 2.47 this disc goes into the 'good disc" category.



Brand:

Infiniti Samurai Lava Red '“ Thanks to Medea
International (UK) for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

SKC

Code:

97m26s26f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.09 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

48x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

3m:5s

C1 Average/Sec:

2.73

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

Another 'good disc" result.

 

Brand:

RICOH '“ Thanks to RICOH Europe (D) for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

Moser Baer India Limited

Code:

97m17s06f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

1x-52x

Write Speed:

48x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

3m:05s

C1 Average/Sec:

0.78

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

RICOH media '“ manufactured by Moser Baer India Limited and with its average of 0.78 it goes in the 'best discs" category. Recommended!


 

Brand:

Verbatim '“ Thanks to Verbatim (D)
for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation

Code:

97m34s23f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 3: Long Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)

Capacity:

79:59.73 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

48x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

3m:04s

C1 Average/Sec:

0.23

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

Verbatim '“ a well-known brand showed us an C1 average of 0.23 - it goes in the category 'Best Discs". RECOMMENDED!



Brand:

EMGETON Qauarelle '“ Thanks to Bell Technology (CZ)
for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

Fornet International Pte. Ltd.

Code:

97m26s07f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.71 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

56x

Write Speed:

48x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

3m:9s

C1 Average/Sec:

13.89

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

The result is ok.

 

Writing Quality with Re-Writable discs:


Due to requests from our readers, we will add a few write quality tests with re-writable media. Settings and testing procedures is the same as used earlier in this review, so you may want to go back and read them if you are unsure. All discs used for these tests have been written to before, but none have been written to more than 5 times.

CD-ReWritable media:


Brand:

Traxdata '“ Thanks to Conrexx (NL)
for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

Plasmon Data Systems Ltd.

Code:

97m27s12f

Disc Type:

High Speed CD-RW 8-24x

Recording Layer:

Phase Change

Capacity:

74:41.00

Certified Speed:

8x-24x

Write Speed:

16x

Write Time:

5m

C1 Average/Sec:

47.05

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

This 24x media was burned at 16x, and the result is ok.


 

Brand:

Verbatim '“ Thanks to Verbatim (D)
for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation

Code:

97m34s25f

Disc Type:

Ultra Speed CD-RW 32x

Recording Layer:

Phase Change

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

32x

Write Speed:

16x (CLV)

Write Time:

3m:14s

C1 Average/Sec:

5.72

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

The result is good.

Summary:
The CD-R writing quality is excellent, and the CD-RW quality is good.

 

So let us head on to next page and read about DVD-Writing performance…


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