Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

  

Test machine:


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

Hardware 1:

HP Pavilion ZV6153EA

  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+
  • RAM: 1280 MB MDT PC2700 DDR
  • GFX: ATI MOBILITY RADEON Xpress 200
  • Sound: Conexant AMC Audio
  • Hard disk: 100GB Seagate ST9100822A

Hardware 2:

HP Pavilion DV8213EA

  • Processor: AMD Turion 64 ML-34
  • RAM: 1 GB DDR 333 MHz (2 x 512 MB)
  • GFX: ATI Radeon X200M
  • Sound: Conexant AC-Link
  • Hard disk: Hitachi HTS541616J9AT00 (160 GB) & Samsung HM160JC (160 GB)

System set-up 1:

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As we can see above, the drive was running in UDMA 2 mode. See another Screenshot from Nero Infotool below

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From the screenshot from Nero InfoTool above, we can see the Samsung SN-S082M does not support Mount Rainer. The drive came shipped with firmware version SB00.

System set-up 2:

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Again we see the Samsung SN-S082M connected to the secondary IDE Channel and the drive appears to run in UDMA – 2 mode.

Installed 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:


Software Bundle:

Now let’s take a look at the software bundle which came together with the drive. Please note that we may not use this software in our review.

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The supplied Software CD-ROM

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In the above screenshot we see the available install options

  • Nero 6
  • Firmware Live Update
  • User Guide

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The Nero 6 installation screen

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The Live Firmware Update utility

The software bundle is not as good as we have expected. For a drive, which has been produced in January 2007 we expected at least to find Nero 7 Essentials.

Disc Quality Scanning:

Unfortunately, the Samsung SN-S082M does not support Disc Quality Scanning.

Booktype (Bitsetting):

The Samsung SN-S082M supports bit-setting via burning applications such as Nero Burning Rom and supports Bit-Setting on DVD+R/RW/+R DL media types.

To check if your drive supports bitsetting you can open Nero CD/DVD-Speed, click Extra and Bitsetting. Now the following screen should appear.

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As you can see above, the Samsung SN-S082M lets you set the Booktype for DVD+R/+RW manually and has a default DVD-ROM Booktype setting for DVD+R DL media.

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:

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

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Writing Technology:


24x CD-Recordable Writing:

Now it’s time to take a closer look at the writing technologies used from that drive. According to the specs, the Samsung SN-S082M is able to write CD-R media at a maximum speed of 24x.

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The Samsung SN-S082M uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) to write CD-R media at 24x speed. The average speed is 19.18x and total writing time is 5:19 minutes.

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 700mb

NEC
7551A

24x

CAV

11.45x

25.94x

19.55x

5:09

Samsung
SN-S082M

24x

P-CAV

11.17x

24.27x

19.18x

5:19

As we can see from our table, the Samsung SN-S082M is slower than the NEC 7551A which has been tested a while ago.

24x CD-ReWritable writing speed:

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The Samsung SN-S082M uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity) to write CD-RW at 24x. The average speed is 16.18x and the total writing time is 6:09 minutes.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

CD-RW Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 700mb

NEC
7551A

20x

Z-CLV
4 Zones

8.00x

20.08x

16.08x

6:18

Samsung
SN-S082M

24x

Z-CLV
4 Zones

10.04x

24.10x

16.18x

6:09

Here, the Samsung SN-S082M is slightly faster than the NEC 7551A.

8x DVD+R/-R writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SN-S082M, it should be able to write DVD+R/-R media at a maximum speed of 8x.

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DVD+R

The Samsung SN-S082M uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 6.01x and a total writing time of 10 minutes and 56 seconds.

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DVD-R

The Samsung SN-S082M uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 6.02x and a total writing time of 11 minutes and 23 seconds.

 

For comparison we have made the following table:

8x
DVDR
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 4.38GB

NEC
7551A

8x +R
8x -R

CAV
Z-CLV

3.38x
2.07x

8.10x
8.27x

5.95x
5.21x

11:11
14:08

Samsung
SN-S082M

8x +R
8x -R

P-CAV
P-CAV

3.43x
3.43x

8.03x
8.03x

6.01x
6.02x

10:56
11:23

The drive was slightly faster than the NEC 7551A when writing DVD+R and significantly faster when writing DVD-R.

6x DVD+R DL writing speed:

The specs indicate that the Samsung SN-S082M writes DVD+R DL media with a maximum speed of 6x, let’s find out if this is true.

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The drive uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD+R DL at 6x. The average speed is 4.54x and the total writing time is 27:44 minutes.

4x DVD-R DL writing speed:

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The Samsung SN-S082M uses Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD-R DL at 4x. The average speed is 3.51x and the total writing time is 34:10 minutes.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

DVD DL 
Drive

Size

Writing
Speed

Writing
Time

Book
Type

NEC
ND-7551A

8152MB

DVD+R DL 4x
DVD-R DL 4x

37m:11s
31m:18s

DVD-ROM
DVD-R

Lite-On
LH-20A1P

8152MB

DVD+R DL 6x
DVD-R DL 4x

27m:44s
34m:10s

DVD-ROM
DVD-R

The Samsung SN-S082M performed good, compared to the NEC ND-7551A, when writing DVD+R/-R DL media.

5x DVD-RAM:

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The SN-S082M uses P-CAV (Partial-Constant Angular Velocity) to write DVD-RAM media at its maximum speed of 5x (verify off). This resulted in an average write speed of 4.64x and a total write time of 12 minutes and 10 seconds.

Since we had no 5x writing tests of another Laptop drive available we can’t provide you with a comparison table this time.

On the next page: Reading performance…