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


Not many people outside of Taiwan would have heard of CIS Technology. But they have been responsible for manufacturing a variety of computer and communication parts and products for the OEM market. With the advent of major vendors in Taiwan jumping into the CD-RW business (ASUSTeK and MSI are just some examples), CIS is also trying to follow the trend of delivering CD-RWs to OEMs and the DIY markets. Naming their CD-RW range "Arrgo", CIS' latest offering is based on the 52x24x52x terminology.

Like any other CD-RW in the market now, the Arrgo 52x24x52x features their own buffer-underrun protection format called Super Link as well as a 2MB buffer. Our evaluation package came with a 52x CD-R as well as a 24x CD-RW, but we can't confirm at this point of writing if CIS will bundle media with the retail version. And unlike CD-RWs from mainstream vendors, CIS have opt to bundle Veritas' Record Now DX instead of the more commonly-used Nero Burning ROM.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the specifications of this drive before we move on to the benchmarks.

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
  • 28x
  • 24x
  • 20x 
  • 16x
  • 12x
  • 8x
  • 4x
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 24x
  • 20x
  • 16x 
  • 12x 
  • 10x
Reading Speed
  • 52x max.
  • 48x max. (digital audio extraction)
Access Time
  • 90 ms
Data Buffer
  • 2MB with SuperLink 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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