Image courtesy of howstuffworks. The unit’s absolute sensitivity reaches below 0 dBA. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. About Privacy Contact Us. Removing the screws and opening the drive’s cover voids the drive’s warranty. Any one of several test systems will be used.

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On top of all this, the performance difference between various makes is relatively subtle, and most modern optical drives are plenty fast for most applications; on the other hand, a very quiet optical drive is a gem and difficult to identify casually.

Review: ASUS QuieTrack CRWAS & CD-S/A4 |

The imbalance of discs is random and uncontrollable. Samsung’s Next Smartphone foray: Web sites that provide good performance-oriented reviews of optical drives include: One or Two front intake fans? In addition, ASUS has introduced the world’s first online firmware update tool inside the included burning software. All reading tests were done with firmware v1. Recently, they submitted two new optical drives for scrutiny by SPCR.


Optimal Writing Speed Adjustment Technology based on the recording media requirements. They all run Windows XP and share the important characteristic of making very little noise, typically 20 dBA 1 meter, so that they do not impinge on the analysis of the noise made by optical drives under test.

These are the categories of optical drive noise we will examine:. Protected Disc Tests 5. How CD Burners Worka detailed look by howstuffworks.

Colocation Server Hosting by Binary Environments. DVD players will be measured for noise as well as listened to during normal playback of movies. Let’s move on to the ASUS drives.

Asus CRW-5232AS

Only some of it is mechanical drive and electronic motor noise. Each drive will also be run at a lower-noise reference read setting asks 24X speed using CDBremse. The unit’s absolute sensitivity reaches below 0 dBA.

RTX Ti review compilation thread Re: This is because measured dBA is only one aspect of noisiness, and human perception is the final arbiter.

Noise and vibration are two major headaches users encounter when using a high-speed drive. Help choosing a PSU. Leave this field blank.


Some operate smoothly and quietly while others grind loudly. Image courtesy of howstuffworks. Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Anti-vibration system developed by ASUS. Retail Package – Installation 2. Any good performance testing takes time and effort. It’s not that they don’t make noise; optical drives certainly do make a lot of noise.


All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owners. It also offers innovative technology such as:. Twitter’s Ad Sales Surge. The question is whether any device can run quietly while spinning an intrinsically imbalanced 5″ diameter plastic disc at many thousands of RPM. We still rely more on subjective listening than on measurements. CD Recording Tests 8.