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Friday, November 19, 2004
DVD-ROM Roundup Vol.4

2. Samsung TS-H352A

DVD-ROM Roundup Vol.4 - Page 2

Samsung TS-H352A

TS-H352A is the latest DVD-ROM from Samsung. The drive supports 16X DVD reading and 48X for CD. DVD-RAM is also supported.

 

- Features

  • Supporting DVD-R/RW Read, DVD+R/RW Read, DVD-RAM Read
  • Reduces noise and vibration with DVA (Dynamic Vibration Absorber)
  • Stablizing DVD Play Back

- Specifications

Interface

ATAPI - E/IDE

Data Transfer Rate
DVD: 16X (21,600KB/sec)
CD: 48X (7,200KB/sec)
Burst Transfer Rate
PIO Mode 4 (16.6 MB/sec)
DMA Mode 2 (16.6 MB/sec)
Ultra DMA supported (66.6 MB/sec)
Average Access Time
DVD : 100ms, CD : 100ms
Supported Disc
DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-Viedo ,CD-ROM/XA, CD-ROM, Video-CD, CD-I, Photo CD, CD-Extra, CD-TEXT, CD-R/RW, CD-DA
Buffer Memory
512KB
Dimensions
(WxHxD mm)
148.2 x 42 x 184
Weight (kg)
0.74

The drive uses the RPC II region control, allowing the user to change the drive's region at most 5 times.

- The package

The retail box includes the drive, an IDE and an audio cable, four mounding screws, a quick installation guide and two CDs with PowerDVD 5 Software, Manual and drivers.

The front is the typical panel available on most Samsung drives with the only difference being the array of logos.

On the rear panel you can see the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector and the power input.

Opening the device's case will void the drive's warranty, something we don't recommend. Press on the image below for an enlarged view:

Click for bigger image


The main chipset is coming from Meditek

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and WindowsXP recognized it as "TSSTcorp DVD-ROM TS-H352A". The drive arrived with firmware vTS01. After the end of the reviews vTS03 had been released. We also checked the drive with the latest firmware but didn't notice any difference.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.30
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. KProbe v2.4.1




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