Got myself the external Samsung SE-W164(L) yesterday. Because of the lack of reviews for this new drive, i’m posting some test results i did.
Lets see, it supports:
Write Read DVD+R: 16x 12x DVD-R DL: 8x 8x DVD+RW: 8x 8x DVD-R: 16x 12x DVD-R DL: 4x 8x DVD-RW: 6x 8x DVD-ROM: - 16x CD-DVD: - 48x CD-R: 48x 40x CD-RW: 32x 40x Disk labeling: Best 36 min, Normal: 28 min, Draft: 20 min
Plug & play, nothing more simple then this. Setting up this drive took all but about 1min ( took longer to remove it from the box, then the actual setup ).
The system finds it as TSSTcorpCD/DVDW SH-W162L. Mine shipped with TS02 firmware, and a quick update with Samsungs ODD firmware Lifeupdater changed its firmware to TS03.
Here are some test results from TDK DVD+R ( 16x ) Media burned at 12x ( Kprobe 8x read speed used ):
Date : 29/03/2006 21:03:11 Model : 5-0-0-0 J:TSSTcorpCD/DVDW SH-W162L TS03 Disc : DVD+R , YUDEN000T03 [Taiyo Yuden Company Limited] Speed : 8x ECC blocks sum (PI/PIF) : 8/1 Scanned range : 0 - 2205067 Sampling count : 127437 Errors : 0 PI Max : 10 PI Average : 0,76 PI Total : 12136 PIF Max : 2 PIF Average : 0,03 PIF Total : 414
Now, I’ve compared these results to the same brand & speed done on the older W164 © version. And you will notice a vast improvement on the results ( the old review is available on this site ). I’ve done about 25 dvd burns, with a test about every 6 or 7 burns. The results stay between 0.70 & 0.95 PI Average, and stay at a PIF of 0.02 & 0.03. I’m no expert but i think these results are darn close to pressed dvd quality.
Any questions, ask away. I’ll drop in from time to time to answer them.