I did try other firmwares as well with no change.
I am terribly sorry but I did figure out what the problem was. It seems that I was using some mixed content CD's for testing and the audio tracks for some reason rip only a 8x with the Samsung drive.
A true audio CD's (non mixed content) rips at an incredibly fast speed.
A very strange occurrence nonetheless, but good to know what the problem was. And again my Pioneer 216D has no problem with the mixed content cd's so if I ever come across these types of disc again, I will be sure to use my Pioneer, but otherwise my Samsung will be the drive of choice.
Thank you for your attempts to provide assistance - much appreciated.