MS-8152 IDE CD-ROM - Page
As we have mentioned before, a CD-ROM drive is possibly not the best selling
optical storage product, since the technology nowadays offers the essential
reading feature in more complicated CD or DVD recorders or combo drives. However,
there is a common though that the more complicated a device is the less accurate
may be turned out, in specific areas, such as in the writing or reading accuracy.
Can it be proven through testing? The MSI developed a new 52X CD-ROM drive,
in order to fulfil our daily needs for accurate and fast reading for the CD
format. Let's see the drive's performance.
- Drive features
The MSI MS-8152 is a 52X ATAPI CD-ROM drive. The current firmware revision
installed is v1.12 and the supported cache buffer is 128 KB. Nero Info Tool
reports that the drive doesn't support CD-Text, CD+G and C2 error report info.
- The package
retail kit contains the drive itself, a quick installation guide, an IDE cable
and mounting screws. MSI offers a one-year warranty for the 52X CD-ROM. The
retail price of the drive is ~50 Euro, including tax.
The front panel of the drive includes the "MSI" and the "52X
max" logos. The eject/stop and the fast/forward buttons are placed below
the tray on the right side of the front panel, as usually. The operation LED
indicates the drive status and is active while reading. Last, the available
headphone jack and the volume control knob let you use the drive as a personal
audio playback device.
On the rear panel there are the usual connectors, such as the DC input, the
ATAPI interface, the device configuration jumper, and the analog/digital audio
After removing the screws on the bottom we can see the drive's internal design
(click for high-res). We couldn't see the used chipsets since they are protected
below a metal case, to protect them from impacts.
The drive was identified as "ATAPI CD-ROM 52xMAX" under
WinXP. The drive was installed to the secondary IDE channel of our test PC as
a "Master" working in Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode. The model came
with firmware version v1.12 installed. For all the tests we used the latest
versions of CloneCD, CDDAE, CDSpeed and EAC. We compare the performance with
other 52X readers from TEAC, CyberDrive and Samsung.