52x CDRW Roundup - Page 2
- Optorite CW5201
in October 2001 by a group of highly experienced R&D and industry professionals
from the optical storage field. The company
focuses on solid R&D capability and innovational design. OptoRite has developed
a series of high-speed CD-RW, combo drives and lately DVD recorders.
Optorite provided us its latest IDE CD-RW drive.The Optorite
CW5201 supports 52x CAV maximum writing speed, 52x reading and 32x P-CAV
US-RW rewriting. The specifications of the drive highly recommend us to compare
it with the Premium drive.
The drive is equipped with a 2MB of cache and supports Video CD, CD+G and
CD text reading. The supported writing modes are the TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO
96 and DAW RAW 96.
EXACT-Rec (Enhanced eXtracting & Adapting Control Technology for Recording)
monitors accuracy of writing and optimizes the writing power while
burning and get the best burning quality.
The supported AWSS (Advanced Weighting Suspension System) technology reduces
vibration & noise.
Buffer Underun errors are avoided with the BurnProof anti coaster technology,
patented by Sanyo.
The supported reading and writing speeds are illustrated below.
A CDSpeed writing simulation gives us an idea of the writing strategy of
CW5201. The CAV writing starts at 23.43x and finished at 51.53x, resulting
to an average writing speed of 39.19x:
- The package
retail package includes the Optorite CW5201 IDE drive, a quick installation guide
and an application CD-ROM.
The CD burning application is Nero Burning Rom and InCD is included for packet
Last, in the retail package you can find the usual internal audio cable,
an IDE cable, mounting screws and an emergency eject pin.
On the disc loading tray you can see the "HS-RW" (should write
US-RW) logo and the
52X32X52X indication. The disc/busy indicator LED lights up when the device
is active. The
drive has also
a headphone jack and a headphone volume control.
On the rear panel there are the usual connectors, such as the power input,
the ATAPI interface, the device configuration jumper, and the analog and digital
After removing the screws on the bottom we can see the drive's internal
design. The drive's mainboard is designed by Optorite, and the pickup mechanism
and chip are developed by Sanyo Electric LTD.
The Optorite drive was identified as "OPTORITE CD-RW CW5201" under
WinXP. The drive was installed to the secondary IDE channel of our test PC
as a "Master"and
worked in Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode. The model came with firmware version
v181E installed, as you can see in the Nero picture below: