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Lite-On 52x24x52x CD-RW
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 1st November, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


It has been quite a while since we last took a look at a CD-RW drive from Lite-On. Just recently, Lite-On passed us an evaluation unit of their latest 52x24x52x drive and we had the opportunity over the last couple of days benchmarking it. Now that 40x12x48x and 48x16/24x48x drives have become the mainstay in most of today's DIY system, how much of a performance boost does a 52x24x52x drive offer over the previous terminologies?

We know for certain given today's writing technologies, CD-RW are reaching a "peak" or plateau whereby anything beyond 48x-writing speeds will offer very just substantial improvements. So why launch a 52x drive? Well, many consumers have the mindset that the higher the terminology a CD-RW offers, the faster it'll take to write on a media. While that is true on paper, it doesn't necessarily mean so in reality. Without further ado, let's move on over to the next page to see what this Lite-On 52x24x52x is capable of.

Technical Specifications
  • ATAPI / E-IDE UltraDMA/33
Data Capacity
  • 700MB (80 min. disc)
  • 650MB (74 min. disc)
  • 210MB (24 min. disc)
Writing Speed (CD-R)
  • 52x
  • 48x
  • 40x
  • 32x
  • 24x
  • 16x
  • 12x
  • 8x
  • 4x
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 24x
  • 16x
  • 12x
  • 10x
  • 8x
Reading Speed
  • 52x max.
  • 52x max. (digital audio extraction)
Access Time
  • 80 ms
Data Buffer
  • 2MB with SMART-BURN Buffer Underrun Protection
Writing Methods
  • Disc at Once
  • Track at Once
  • Session at Once
  • Packet Writing
  • Multisession
  • Mount-Rainier
Supported Write/Read Formats
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM
  • PhotoCD
  • VideoCD
  • Super VideoCD
  • CD-I
  • CD-Extra
  • CD Text

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