LG GSA-4167B Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Posted 27 November 2005 17:31 CET by Jan70

 

Test machine:


For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:

Hardware:

  • Motherboard: ECS Elitegroup N2U400-A with Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra-400 and nForce MCP chipset.
  • Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (Barton) 333 MHz FSB.
  • RAM: 1 GB Infineon PC2700 DDR
  • GFX: ATI Radeon 9600 XT
  • Sound: Onboard C-Media AC97
  • Hard disk: Seagate Barracuda ST3250823A 250 GB

System set-up:

The LG GSA-4167B was connected as Secondary Master and identified itself as HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B. DMA (Direct Memory Access) and autorun was enabled for all devices.

Software:

Windows XP Professional is installed on the computer along with Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. We will be using the following software in this review:

 

Features and techniques:


Features of the Super Multi:

Super Multi is a multiformat burner which supports 7 types of write formats (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R and CD-RW). 
HLDS is proud to say that our company was the first in the world to develop this universal drive.

Because Super Multi supports both DVD-R/-RW and DVD+R/+RW as well as DVD-RAM, users can select the best type of media for every occasion. 
There is no need to compromise anymore.

In addition, it removes users' concern about the future disc format unification.

 

BookType (bitsetting):

The LG GSA-4167B supports bitsetting for DVD+R and DVD+R DL. As with the older drive LG GSA-4163B, the drive does not support Bitsetting for DVD+RW media. This feature can be controlled/changed with the Bitsetting option in Nero CD-DVD Speed or in Nero Burning Rom 6, see below:

Now it's time to take a closer look at the write technology used by the LG GSA-4167B:

CD-Recordable:

The LG GSA-4167B uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 48X. This gives an average speed of 33.77x. Two drives for comparison are found below.

The Pioneer DVR-110D uses CAV, (Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 40X. This gives an average speed of 30.05x.

The Samsung TS-E552U uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) to write at its rated speed of 40x. This gives an average speed of 34.39x.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

CD-R
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 80min

Lite-On
SOHW-1653S

48x

CAV

21.90x

49.55x

37.49x

2m:38s

LG
GSA-5160D

40x

Z-CLV
4 zones

15.98x

40.41x

31.70

3m:18s

Asus
DRW-1604P

32x

Z-CLV
3 zones

16.03x

32.66x

24.92x

3m:58s

Samsung
TS-E552U

40x

P-CAV

21.12x

39.59x

34.39x

2m:53s

Philips
DVDR16LS

40x

CAV

17.80x

40.01x

29.51x

3m:24s

NU
HDW-164

40x

CAV

18.60x

41.28x

31.23x

3m:09s

NEC
ND-3540A

48x

CAV

21.44x

48.17x

36.43x

3m:0s

BenQ
DW1640

48x

CAV

18.31x

47.99x

35.20x

2m:57s

Pioneer
DVR-110D

40x

CAV

17.77x

40.28x

30.05x

3m:19s

LG
GSA-4167B

48x

Z-CLV
5 zones

16.01x

48.22x

33:77x

3m:04s

As we can see from the table, the LG GSA-4167B is average in speed where it comes to writing CD-R's.

CD-Rewritable:

The LG GSA-4167B uses Z-CLV (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) to write CD-RW media at its maximum speed of 32x, with an average write speed of 29.26x. Below are some other drives for comparison:

The NU DHW-164 uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) writing technology to write at 24X for CD-RW discs, the average speed is 23.16x.

 

The LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer uses CLV (Constant Linear Velocity) writing technology to write at 16X for CD-RW discs, the average speed is 16x. For a better overview we present the following comparison table:

CD-RW
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 80min

Lite-On
SOHW-1653S

24x

Z-CLV
2 Zones

15.98x

23.97x

22.57x

4m:19s

LG
GSA-5160D

24x

Z-CLV
2 zones

15.99x

23.99x

23.31x

3m:55s

ASUS
DRW-1604P

24x

Z-CLV
3 Zones

15.96x

24.00x

22.46x

4m:07s

Samsung
TS-E552U

32x

P-CAV

21.07x

31.87x

30.26x

3m:05s

Philips
DVDR16LS

24x

P-CAV

17.77x

24.01x

23.15x

3m:58s

NU
HDW-164

24x

P-CAV

15.39x

23.93x

23.16x

3m:49s

NEC
ND-3540A

32x

Z-CLV
4 Zones

20.11x

32.03x

29.75x

3m:32s

BenQ
DW1640

32x

P-CAV

21.26x

31.96x

30.33x

3m:10s

Pioneer
DVR-110D

32x

Z-CLV
3 Zones

15.87x

32.01x

24.88x

3m:47s

LG
GSA-4167B

32x

Z-CLV
3 Zones

16.01x

32.03x

29.26x

3m:14s

As we can see from the table, the LG GSA-4167B is among the fastest drives writing CD-RWs.

16X DVD+R/-R Writing speed:

The LG GSA-4167B uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD+R at the maximum supported speed of 16x. This gives an average write speed of 12.68x and a writing time of 5 minutes 37 seconds.

The LG GSA-4167B uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD-R at its maximum speed of 16x. This gives an average write speed of 12.69x and a writing time of 5 minutes and 21 second.

Below are some write graphs from some other drives for comparison:

The NEC 3540A uses CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD+R at 16x. This gives an average writing speed of 11.81x and a writing time of 5 minutes and 58 seconds.

The Philips DVDR16LS uses CAV, (Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD+R at 16x. The average speed is 11.33x and total writing time is 6 minutes and 8 seconds. The average speed is lower and the writing time is higher than it could have been due to the Walking OPC generation 2 using some time to constantly adjust the writing quality, we could see this as constant dips in the speed curve.

The LG GSA-5160D uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD+R at 16x. The average speed is 11.60x and total writing time is 6 minutes and 12 seconds. Below, we made a comparison table:

16x
DVDR
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 4.38Gb

Lite-On
SHOW-1653S

16x +R
12x '“R

CAV
P-CAV

6.66x
5.40x

16.02x
12.04x

11.97x
9.61x

6m:01s
7m:33s

LG
GSA-5160D

16x +R
8x '“R

Z-CLV

6.00x
6.00x

15.88x
8.01x

11.60x
7.80x

6m:12s
8m:02s

ASUS
DRW-1604P

16x +R
16x '“R

Z-CLV
4 Zones

6.01x
5.99x

16.04x
15.84x

10.29x
10.32x

6m:48s
6m:53s

Samsung
TS-E552U

16x +R
16x '“R

CAV
N/A

6.75x
N/A

12.09x
N/A

11.11x
N/A

6m:00s*1
N/A

Philips
DVDR16LS

16x +R
8x '“R

CAV
P-CAV

5.80x
6.70x

12.18x
8.01x

11.33x
7.80x

6m:08s
8m:12s

NU
HDW-164

16x +R
16x '“R

CAV
CAV

6.66x
N/A

7.97x
N/A

9.32x
N/A

6m:55s*2
N/A

NEC
ND-3540A

16x +R
16x '“R

CAV
CAV

6.70x
6.69x

16.06x
16.07x

11.81x
11.80x

5m:58s
5m:52s

BenQ
DW1640

16x +R
16x -R

CAV
CAV

5.70x
5.32x

15.95x
15.99x

11.53x
11.41x

5m:44s
6m:06s

Pioneer
DVR-110D

16x +R
16x -R

CAV
CAV

6.27x
6.32x

15.87x
11.80x

11.58x
11.59x

6m:09s
6m:01s

LG
GSA-4167B

16x +R
16x -R

P-CAV
P-CAV

7.16x
7.18x

16.00x
16.01x

12.69x
12.69x

5m:37s
5m:21s

*1 - Actual writing speed was max 14x due to USB-Bridge limitations.
*2 '“ Actual writing speed was max 13x due to USB-Bridge limitations.

From the table above, we can see that the LG GSA-4167B is the fastest drive when writing DVD+R and DVD-R.

6X DVD+R DL writing speed:

The LG GSA-4167B supports 6x writing speed on DVD+R DL media.

The LG GSA-4167B uses CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD+R DL at 6x. The average speed is 6.00x and total writing time is 19:05 minutes.

4X DVD-R DL writing speed:

The LG GSA-4167B supports 4x writing speed on DVD-R DL media.

The LG GSA-4167B uses CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-R DL at 4x. The average speed is 4.00x and total writing time is 27:09 minutes.

8X DVD+RW writing speed:

The LG GSA-4167B uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD+RW at 8x. The average speed is 7.88x and total writing time is 8:01 minutes.

6X DVD-RW writing speed:

The LG GSA-4167B uses CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-RW at 6x. The average speed is 6.01x and total writing time is 10:02 minutes.

Book type (Bitsetting):

The LG GSA-4167B supports Bitsetting, and can write DVD+R DL and DVD+R media with DVD-ROM book type.

Here is how you could check if your discs are really written with DVD-ROM book type:

Start Nero CD-DVD Speed and click the Disc info button and you should get something like this:

DVD+R DL with book type DVD-ROM

DVD+R with book type DVD-ROM

Another quick test is to start Nero CD-Speed and look at the disc information:

This should say DVD-ROM.

 

Included software:


Now it's time to look at the included software and to comment if needed. Notice that we may not use the included software in our performance testing part of the review.

LG DVD Writer Solution:

Cyberlink PowerDVD:

Cyberlink PowerProducer Gold:

Nero Express 6:

In CD:

 

Now that we have finished examining the drive and its writing strategies, it's time to head on to next page, which is reading performance test…


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