CDROM Roundup Vo1 - Page 1
CD-ROM drives still hold their position in the market, although some of us
may think that the CD-RW drives have pushed them aside. The need of reliability
and fast data reading exists and three manufacturers offered their CD-ROM drive
proposals for testing. The drives come from Cyberdrive, Mitsumi and Samsung,
and support 52x maximum reading speed and 54X for the Mitsumi drive.
package contains the CyberDrive 52x drive, a brief multilingual installation
guide, an audio cable and mounting screws.
In the front panel of the drive there is the "52x" logo, the eject and stop/forward buttons, an operation led, the volume selector and
the headphone jack.
The rear panel of the drive is almost the same for all the three drives. You can see the analog and the digital out, the IDE interface connector,
the DC input and the Master/Slave/CS selection pins.
the Mitsumi box there are the 54x drive, a quick start guide, a Mitsumi product catalogue, an audio cable, mounting screws, and an installation floppy disc.
The front of the drive has the "54x max" logo, an operation led,
and the eject button.
Samsung package contains the drive, the user's guide, mounting screws and audio
The "Samsung" and "52x" logos are found in the front of
the Samsung drive. The eject button is next to the led and they both light during
operation. On the left there are the headphone jack and the volume selector.
52x was identified as "ATAPI CDROM.52X" . Nero Info tool v1.01 states
that the drive supports only 4x read speed, which is definitely wrong as the
maximum read speed is 52x. The firmware version installed was v130K, and the
buffer size of the drive is 128K. The read features supported are CD-R, CD-RW,
Video CD, CD-Text, CD-G.
identified the Mitsumi drive as "Mitsumi FX5401W1A". The maximum read speed is 54X and the firmware version installed is v.U01F. The drive supports
CD-R/RW/Video-CD read features and CD-text. Ultra DMA and multisession discs are also included in the features.
"SC-152L" v.C100 offers a 52X maximum read speed, has a 128KB cache
buffer and reads fro, CD-R/RW/Video-CD. Nero Infotool reports that the drive
does not support CD-text, however, our tests showed the opposite.