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AOpen 52x24x52x CD-RW Internal IDE Drive
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 6th January, 2003
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


We had seen our first 52x CD-RW drive review a couple of months back in the Lite-On 52x24x52x model. Although the time difference it takes to complete a writing session between a 48x and a 52x writer isn't that vast, you can't hide the fact that a 52x writer is undoubtedly the fastest CD-RW you can find in the market right now - and we'll probably not see any CD-RW drives that writes beyond the 52x terminology (well, maybe 56x, but does it matter anymore?).

Today's subject is the 52x24x52x CD-RW drive offering from AOpen. While AOpen isn't exactly a new player in the optical storage market, they have largely focused their attention on the manufacturing of mainboards. Leaving their CD-RW brand behind more established house-hold names such as Plextor, Yamaha, TDK and Lite-On, just to name a few. But like many vendors, AOpen have also jumped into the 52x writer bandwagon and to their credits, are one of the first few vendors to launch a 52x24x52x writer into the market.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the specifications of the drive before proceeding.

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
  • 12x
  • 10x
  • 4x
Reading Speed
  • 52x max.
  • 52x max. (digital audio extraction)
Access Time
  • 120 ms
Data Buffer
  • 2MB with JustLink 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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