LG GSA-4167B Super Multi DVD-Writer Review

Posted 27 November 2005 17:31 CET by Jan70

 

Reading performance:


For these tests we will use Nero CD/DVD-Speed to read various CD and DVD's, including audio discs and DVD-media. As already mentioned in the introduction, this drive supports:

  • DVD-ROM : 16x
  • CD-ROM : 48x 

Pressed discs:

For this test we used a pressed CD-ROM disc containing Creative Blaster Audigy install CD that is close to 74 minutes long. Below you will see the produced result:

The LG GSA-4167B reached 46.21x. Let's compare the result in the table below:

Pressed
Discs

Average
Read
Speed

Start
 Read 
Speed

End
 Read 
Speed

Seek
Times
 Random

Seek
 Times 
1/3

Seek
 Times 
Full

Memorex
F16

34.94x

20.05x

46.33x

122ms

130ms

221ms

AOpen
DUW1608/ARR

37.34x

21.29x

49.42x

105ms

118ms

196ms

LG
GSA-5163D

30.73x

16.88x

40.47x

108ms

105ms

128ms

Lite-On
SOHW-1673S

36.44x

21.36x

48.13x

118ms

133ms

207ms

Pioneer
DVR-109D

30.77x

18.18x

24.51x

96ms

110ms

182ms

BenQ
DW1625

30.74x

15.39x

38.87x

99ms

112ms

161ms

NEC
ND-3540A

34.82x

19.88x

46.09x

122ms

132ms

210ms

BenQ
DW1640

36.58x

20.82x

47.67x

107ms

123ms

175ms

Pioneer
DVR-110D

31.61x

18.09

41.99

99ms

111ms

189ms

LG
GSA-4167B

34.79x

20.01x

46.21x

103ms

120ms

178ms

The LG GSA-4167B performed above average reading pressed CD-ROM.

CD-Recordable Discs:

For this test we made a copy of the original Creative Blaster Audigy install CD. The disc we used was a Verbatim 48X certified CD-R disc manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation. 

CD-R
Discs

Average 
Read
Speed

Start
 Read 
Speed

End
 Read 
Speed

Seek
Times
 Random

Seek
 Times 
1/3

Seek
 Times 
Full

Lite-On
SHOW-1653S

36.63x

21.46x

48.29x

125ms

157ms

234ms

LG
GSA-5160D

30.53x

16.83x

40.27x

116ms

118ms

128ms

ASUS
DRW-1604P

30.96x

18.26x

40.81x

125ms

143ms

282ms

Samsung
TS-E552U

36.65x

21.28x

48.33x

92ms

95ms

163ms

Philips
DVDR16LS

30.69x

17.68x

40.44x

126ms

137ms

175ms

NU
HDW-164

32.20x

18.48x

42.65

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

NEC
ND-3540A

35.68x

20.76x

47.06x

128ms

130ms

213ms

BenQ
DW1640

36.57x

20.92x

48.09x

203ms

233ms

239ms

Pioneer
DVR-110D

31.18x

18.37x

40.99

111ms

121ms

204ms

LG
GSA-4167B

35.63x

20.79x

47.16x

110ms

130ms

190ms

Again the LG GSA-4167B performed above average on CD-R read test.

* Some drives including the NU HDW-164 will simply execute the seek command without actually moving the pickup.

 CD-Rewritable discs:

Again, we made a copy of the original Creative Blaster Audigy install CD; this time we used a Verbatim Ultra Speed (32X) CD-RW disc made by Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation.

As we can see above, the LG GSA-4167B is locked at 40x, reading CD-RW; now let us compare it to other drives below.

CD-RW
Discs

Average 
Read
Speed

Start
 Read 
Speed

End
 Read 
Speed

Seek
Times
 Random

Seek
 Times 
1/3

Seek
 Times 
Full

Lite-On
SOHW-1653S

24.25x

14.04x

32.15x

129ms

167ms

233ms

LG
GSA-5160D

30.54x

16.59x

40.43x

119ms

116ms

129ms

ASUS
DRW-1604P

25.32x

14.63x

33.52x

129ms

149ms

288ms

Samsung
TS-E552U

23.99x

14.02x

31.63x

86ms

95ms

162ms

Philips
DVDR16LS

30.70x

17.71x

40.55x

131ms

149ms

179ms

NU
HDW-164

32.20x

18.17x

42.53x

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

NEC
ND-3540A

30.76x

18.02x

40.08x

132ms

128ms

213ms

BenQ
DW1640

31.36x

17.47x

41.46x

105ms

116ms

250ms

Pioneer
DVR-110D

24.96x

14.60x

33.01x

105ms

119ms

195ms

LG
GSA-4167B

30.53x

17.86x

40.41

102mx

115ms

169ms

Again the LG GSA-4167B performed above average on CD-RW read test.

* Some drives including the NU HDW-164 will simply execute the seek command without actually moving the pickup.

Audio '“ Digital Audio Extraction:

We used Nero CD/DVD-Speed to measure the transfer rate. The audio disc we used is slightly larger than the disc used for the other tests, to be exact it's about 78 minutes long (77:43:45).

The LG GSA-4167B is locked at 40x while reading CD-DA. Let us compare the result with other drives:

Audio
Discs

Average 
Read
Speed

Start
 Read 
Speed

End
 Read 
Speed

Seek
Times
 Random

Seek
 Times 
1/3

Seek
 Times 
Full

Lite-On
SHOW-1653S

36.92x

21.36x

48.89x

126ms

157ms

234ms

LG
GSA-5160D

31.27x

16.81x

41.20x

118ms

124ms

115ms

ASUS
DRW-1604P

31.10x

19.91x

41.38x

125ms

146ms

286ms

Samsung
TS-E552U

37.53x

19.73x

49.76x

85ms

97ms

171ms

Philips
DVDR16LS

31.44x

17.75x

41.69x

107ms

124ms

176ms

NU
HDW-164

32.98x

18.32x

43.70x

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

NEC
ND-3540A

31.43x

18.00x

40.16x

119ms

135ms

217ms

BenQ
DW1640

37.15x

20.94x

49.23x

171ms

200ms

184ms

Pioneer
DVR-110D

31.52x

17.95x

42.38x

108ms

124ms

201ms

LG
GSA-4167B

31.26x

17.78x

41.39x

102ms

123ms

270ms

The LG GSA-4167B performed around average on the Audio-CD.

* Some drives including the NU HDW-164 will simply execute the seek command without actually moving the pickup.

And as a last test we used Exact Audio Copy (EAC) to extract the audio to our hard drive. According to EAC the LG drive does not support Caching, which is considered as a plus - while ripping audio.

 

Below is the results produced by EAC:

 Burst mode

 Secure mode

The drive performed very well in both burst and secure mode.

Advanced audio '“ DAE quality test:

Before we move on to testing DVD read speeds, we will take a last audio test, and this time we used the 'Advanced DAE Quality Test" feature in CD-Speed. For this test we used a CD-R DA media from MMORE (Thanks to MMORE (NL) for sending us this media).

The extracting quality is excellent and it should support everything, except reading the Leadout.

 

DVD reading performance:


Again, we will use Nero CD-Speed to measure the reading performance, this time for various types of DVD discs. The drive should read pressed single layer DVD-discs at 16X.

DVD '“ DVD-Video:

For our DVD reading performance tests we are going to start with a single and Double Layered DVD video discs. While only 1X speed is required to watch DVD movies, it's useful to be able to read the discs at higher speeds if you're going to extract (rip) the content of the disc to your hard drive.


DVD-Video Single Layer

 
DVD-Video Double Layer

As we can see the drive is locked at 10x, while reading DVD-Video SL.

Now let us test a pressed DVD-ROM disc. For this test we used the Half-Life 2 DVD-ROM.

The LG GSA-4167B will reach 16x on DVD-ROM's.

DVD
Video

Average 
Read
Speed
(SL)

Start
 Read 
Speed
(SL)

End
 Read 
Speed
(SL)

Average 
Read
Speed
(DL)

Start
 Read 
Speed
(DL)

End
 Read 
Speed
(DL)

Lite-On
SHOW-1653S

11.96x

6.77x

15.94x

6.15x

3.46x

8.19x

LG
GSA-5160D

7.60x

4.12x

10.13x

6.14x

3.38x

8.16x

ASUS
DRW-1604P

3.92x

2.17x

5.25x

3.94x

2.19x

5.25x

Samsung
TS-E552U

11.50x

6.78x

13.11x

6.41x

3.57x

8.51x

Philips
DVDR16LS

11.97x

6.61x

15.97x

6.02x

3.35x

8.01x

NU
HDW-164

6.40x

3.54x

8.53x

5.87x

3.26x

7.81x

NEC
ND-3540A

5.94x

3.32x

7.93x

5.45x

3.03x

7.24x

BenQ
DW1640

11.86x

6.59x

15.79x

9.01x

5.03x

12.00x

Pioneer
DVR-110D

11.98x

6.42x

15.98x

9.34x

5.26x

12.41x

LG
GSA-4167B

7.64x

4.28x

10.18x

6.17x

3.45x

8.20x

The LG GSA-4167B performed around average on the DVD-Video SL/DL tests.

 

DVD '“ DVD+R/RW:


For this test we used a Verbatim 16X DVD+R and a Verbatim 8X DVD+RW with about 4.4Gb of data. Below are the results:


DVD+R

 
DVD+RW

DVD+R
DVD+RW

Average 
Read
Speed
(+R)

Start
 Read 
Speed
(+R)

End
 Read 
Speed
(+R)

Average 
Read
Speed
(+RW)

Start
 Read 
Speed
(+RW)

End
 Read 
Speed
(+RW)

Lite-On
SHOW-1653S

6.19x

3.42x

8.28x

6.23x

3.46x

8.33x

LG
GSA-5160D

7.66x

4.11x

10.23x

6.15x

3.32x

8.21x

ASUS
DRW-1604P

9.35x

5.19x

12.52x

6.26x

3.48x

8.36x

Samsung
TS-E522U

6.23x

3.44x

8.32x

6.22x

3.43x

8.31x

Philips
DVDR16LS

6.24x

3.42x

8.34x

6.24x

3.42x

8.34x

NU
DHW-164

6.47x

3.53x

8.63x

6.46x

3.52x

8.65x

NEC
ND-3540A

11.99x

6.56x

16.05x

9.87x

5.45x

13.18x

BenQ
DW1640

12.10x

6.59x

16.22x

9.37x

5.12x

12.56x

Pioneer
DVR-110D

9.35x

5.16x

12.46x

6.24x

3.44x

8.33x

LG
GSA-4167B

7.70x

4.23x

10.30x

6.17x

3.42x

8.25x

The LG GSA-4167B performed averagely on DVD+R and DVD+RW. Now let us see how it will perform on DVD-R/RW.

 

DVD '“ DVD-R/RW:


For this test we used a Verbatim 16X DVD-R disc and a Verbatim 6X DVD-RW disc filled with about 4.4Gb of data. Our test results are found below:


DVD-R

 
DVD-RW

There are minor differences compared to reading the DVD+R/RW discs, but they are very marginal differences.

DVD-R
DVD-RW

Average 
Read
Speed
(-R)

Start
 Read 
Speed
(-R)

End
 Read 
Speed
(-R)

Average 
Read
Speed
(-RW)

Start
 Read 
Speed
(-RW)

End
 Read 
Speed
(-RW)

Lite-On
SHOW-1653S

6.05x

3.34x

8.09x

6.05x

3.35x

8.09x

LG
GSA-5160D

7.67x

4.12x

10.25x

6.14x

3.31x

8.21x

ASUS
DRW-1604P

9.37x

5.22x

12.52x

6.25x

3.46x

8.35x

Samsung
TS-E522U

6.19x

3.41x

8.27x

6.22x

3.43x

8.32x

Philips
DVDR16LS

6.23x

3.40x

8.33x

6.24x

3.41x

8.34x

NU
DHW-164

6.46x

3.49x

8.66x

6.46x

3.49x

8.64x

NEC
ND-3540A

12.01x

6.58x

16.06x

9.85x

5.42x

13.16x

BenQ
DW1640

12.09x

6.59x

16.17x

9.34x

5.11x

12.50x

Pioneer
DVR-110D

9.36x

5.18x

12.51x

6.24x

3.46x

8.34x

LG
GSA-4167B

7.71x

4.25x

10.31x

6.16x

3.34x

8.23x

Once again the LG GSA-4167B was average at reading DVD-R/RW.

 

DVD-RAM:


For this test we used a Panasonic 5x DVD-RAM disc, and below is our result:

The LG GSA-4167B reads DVD-RAM media at 5x, and read our test disc without problems.

Overall thoughts:

The LG GSA-4167B is an acceptable reader, it's not the fastest reader in the world, but during our read tests it proved reliable.

 

But now it's time to head on to a more interesting part: Writing CD-R and CD-RW discs…


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