Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

  

The specifications of the Samsung SN-S082M state that the drive is able to write both CD-R discs and CD-RW discs at 24x speed. Let us find out how the drive really performs in speed and quality.

 

Writing Data CD-R/RW discs:


For our data writing tests, we simply set up a new compilation of 702MB 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. (48x)

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CD-R:

 Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review
 

The Samsung SN-S082M took 5 minutes and 16 seconds to write the disc at 48x. Let us see how this compares to other drives in the table below:

Nero Burning Rom
CD-R

Write
Speed

Total
Time

NEC
ND-7551A

24x

6m:18s

Samsung
SN-S082M

24x

5m:16s

The Samsung SN-S082M was more than a minute faster than the NEC ND-7551A when writing CD-R media at 24x speed.

CD-R Writing 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.

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:

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

 

Brand:

Verbatim Printable CD-R

Manufacturer:

Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation

Code:

97m34s23f

Disc Type:

Printable CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 3: Long Strategy (Cyanine,Azo)

Capacity:

79:59.31 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

24x (CAV)

Write Time:

5m:15s

C1 Average/Sec:

1.91

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

A very good quality result for this Mitsubishi Chemicals manufactured 52x CD-R media. With a C1 average the disc fits in the “best quality discs” category.

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

Taiyo Yuden
 (Thanks to Primera Technology Inc. for providing us with this media)

Manufacturer:

Taiyo Yuden Company Limited

Code:

97m24s01f

Disc Type:

Tuffcoat with Watershield CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 1: Long Strategy (Cyanine,Azo)

Capacity:

79:59.72 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

24x (CAV)

Write Time:

5m:18s

C1 Average/Sec:

0.70

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

A C1 average of 0.70 places this Taiyo Yuden manufactured media into the “best quality discs” category. Everything else would have been a surprise. 

 

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

Datawrite Scribbles CD-R

Manufacturer:

CMC Magnetics

Code:

97m26s66f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.71 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

24x (CAV)

Write Time:

5m:15s

C1 Average/Sec:

0.86

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

A CMC Magnetics manufactured 52x CD-R media and once more an excellent result. With a C1 average of 0.86, the disc fits in our “best quality discs” category.

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

Tevion

Manufacturer:

Daxon Inc.

Code:

97m22s67f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.70 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

48x

Write Speed:

24x (CAV)

Write Time:

5m:14s

C1 Average/Sec:

1.19

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

1.19 C1 average, once more a “best quality disc” result for this media.

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

JVC CD-R Audio

Manufacturer:

Wealth Fair Investment Limited

Code:

97m18s17f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

24x (CAV)

Write Time:

5m:15s

C1 Average/Sec:

4.24

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

Ultron media and with the average C1 errors of 4.24 it goes into the group “good quality discs” category.

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

Traxdata Black – Thanks to Conrexx (NL)
for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

RiTEK Corporation

Code:

97m15s17f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.73 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

40x

Write Speed:

24x (CAV)

Write Time:

5m:19s

C1 Average/Sec:

1.59

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

A C1 average of 1.59 is an excellent result for this RiTEK manufactured CD-R media. Once more, a disc that fits in our “best quality discs” category.

Overall thoughts:

The Samsung SN-S082M burns CD-R media with very good quality.

Now let us check if the CD-RW writing performance is as good as the CD-R writing performance…..

 

CD-RW Writing Quality


For these tests we will be using 3 different CD-RW media from 2 different 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 the same testing procedures as for the CD-R tests in this review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

Verbatim

Manufacturer:

Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation

Code:

97m34s25f

Disc Type:

Ultra Speed CD-RW

Recording Layer:

Phase Change

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

32x

Write Speed:

24x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

6m:09s

C1 Average/Sec:

43.98

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

No C2 errors but a C1 average of 43.98. A very poor result for this high quality, Mitsubishi Chemicals manufactured media.

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

Verbatim

Manufacturer:

Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation

Code:

97m34s24f

Disc Type:

Ultra Speed CD-RW

Recording Layer:

Phase Change

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

24x

Write Speed:

24x (Z-CLV)

Write Time:

6m:08s

C1 Average/Sec:

20.25

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

Again we expected a much better result, but a C1 average of 20.25 says it all.

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Samsung SN-S082M Slim Drive Review

Brand:

FujiFilm

Manufacturer:

RiTek Corporation

Code:

97m10s00f

Disc Type:

High Speed CD-RW

Recording Layer:

Phase Change

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

12x

Write Speed:

10x (CLV)

Write Time:

8m:42s

C1 Average/Sec:

6.58

C2 Average/Sec:

5.54

A good result for this media. A C2 average of 6.58 places this RiTek manufactured CD-RW into our “good quality discs” category.

Overall thoughts:

The CD-RW writing performance of the Samsung SN-S082M is poor. Here the drive really needs improving.