CD-RW Roundup Vol 3- Page
- LG GCE-8320B
drive supports 32x writing, 12x re-writing, 8MB Buffer and "SuperLink"
as the main buffer underrun technology. The maximum reading speed of the drive
is 40x (CAV).
The exact supported writing speeds are 8x, 12, 16x (CLV), 24x and 32x (Z-CLV).
The re-writing speeds are 4x, 10x and 12x. The drive doesn't support the Mt.
There are two versions of the same drive. One comes with a 8MB buffer and one
with a 2MB buffer. There has been lot of talk about this, and the bottom line
is that lower buffer means less cost for each manufacturer. The drive supports
RAW reading/writing with hardware EFM correction.
- 32x writing speed
LG GCE-8320B supports the 32x writing speed with the use of the Z-CLV writing
technology. Below it's the Nero CD Speed writing graph that illustrates the
use of this technology:
The 32x writing speed range is divided in 4 zones: The drive starts writing
at 16x from the lead-in area till 2mins, shifts up to 20x at 6mins, up to 24x
at 16mins and lastly shifts to 32x at 42mins and stays there until the end.
The theoretical average recording speed is 25.98X, which makes it slower
than other 32x recorders.
- The package
The package supplied was a bare drive among with Ez CD Creator CD-R software.
The drive has a 2-year warranty for the European territory and can be found
at the price of $ 63.
The front of the drive includes the "LG" / 'HS-RW' logos and the
drive's features - "32x/12x/40x". You will also find two leds (Read/Write),
the eject button and the headphone input jack/volume selector:
At the back of the drive we will find the usual connectors (IDE interface,
power), the jumpers for setting the drive as a Master/Slave, the SPDIF output
connector and the analog/digital output connectors:
The LG GCE-8320B was installed as Master in the secondary IDE Bus, it worked
at PIO-Mode4 and under WinXP, DMA was activated automatically.
The drive is a March 2002 model with firmware revision v1.02 installed. A
newer firmware revision is already available (v1.04) and was installed for all
the recording/reading tests. The drive lowers its recording speed when low quality
media is detected. Recording software will allow users to write at any media
at max speed, however the final recording time will show that the writing speed
was internally reduced during process.