Mitsumi CR-480ATE


 

Mitsumi Europe

Review: Mitsumi CR-480ATE
Reviewer: [email protected]@K
Provided by: Mitsumi Electronics Europe GmbH
Firmware: version 1.0C
Production date: January 2002

As one of the first companies the Japanese Manufacturer Mitsumi is launching its new 32x IDE CD-Writer throughout
Europe from the beginning of March this year. Codenamed the CR-480ATE, the drive can read discs at 40x, write
discs at 32x and re-write discs at 12x. In this review we’ll take a look at how well the drive performs and
how it compares to ‘standard’ 24x recorders. Is 32x really a lot faster? How about the quality of the back-ups
when writing at such high speeds? Read on and find out…

The Package:

In the package we find the following things:

  • The recorder
  • Mitsumi Software CD, containing:
    • Ahead’s Nero Burning Rom;
      • Nero Burning Rom v5.5
      • NeroMediaPlayer
      • InCD / Packet-Writing
      • UDF reader
    • Manuals
    • Games;
      • SlotMachine
      • FloppyTerminator
      • Meteor Attack
    • Screensavers
  • One blank 32x 700MB CD-R (manufactured by Hitachi Maxell)
  • One blank 10x 650MB CD-RW (manufactured by Mitsubishi)

We were glad to see that Mitsumi ships Nero Burning Rom with their drives since it’s our personal favourite. The Mitsumi
Software CD has some nice additions like the games and screensavers but nothing too special. Since this drive is a test
drive the retail package will be different from ours (for instance we didn’t receive cables and mounting screws and although
the Mitsumi CR-480ATE can re-write discs at 12x we received a 10x CD-RW disc).

Mitsumi CR-480ATELike all Mitsumi drives the front of the writer looks a little
boring. There’s no Mitsumi logo and only a “High Speed ReWritable” logo indicating the high re-write speeds of the drive.
On the front of the drive we find a headphone jack, a volume control, a busy/write LED and of course an eject-button.


The back of the drive is the same as usual; the IDE and power connectors, the MASTER/SLAVE jumpers and
the SPDIF (analog/digital) output connectors.

Test Machine:

For the tests we’ll be using the following configuration:

Hardware:

  • Processor: AMD Athlon 700Mhz
  • Motherboard: ASUS K7V
  • RAM: 256MB (PC133)
  • Harddisk: Maxtor 30GB 7200rpm (UDMA 66)

System set-up:

    System set-up

Software:

  • OS: Windows Millenium Edition
  • VIA 4in1 Drivers: v3.37

As you can see the Mitsumi CR-480ATE was set-up as MASTER on the Secondary IDE Channel and identifies itself as “MITSUMI
CR-48XATE”. DMA (Direct Memory Access) and Autorun were enabled for every device.

Now let’s take a look at the features of the Mitsumi CR-480ATE…