Samsung TS-H552U 16X DVD±RW - Test System and Info

Article Index
Samsung TS-H552U 16X DVD±RW
The Drive, Bundle and Software
Test System and Info
CD Read and Write Tests
DVD Read and Write Tests
The End - Conclusion

Following is the list of machine specs that were used for this review. This is my main rig, and it comes without a fresh install of Windows.

  • ABIT NF7S Rev.2
  • AMD XP 2500+ (Barton Mobility @ 200X11)
  • 2 - 512MB OCZ PC3500 EB Platinum
  • 200GB Western Digital JB 7200rpm IDE 0 - Master
  • 200GB Western Digital JB 7200rpm IDE 0 - Slave
  • 2 - WD2000JD SATA drives in RAID 0 on Adaptec 1210SA
  • Plextor PX-716A DVD±RW IDE 1 - Master
  • Samsung TS-H552U DVD±RW IDE 2 - Slave
  • Sapphire Atlantis 9800 Pro
  • Audigy 2 ZS
  • GVC Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Belkin 802.11G Wireless Ethernet
  • Windows XP Pro SP2 with all available updates
  • nForce 4.27 drivers
  • Nero CDSpeed 3.61
  • Nero InfoTool 2.27
  • Firmware US03 (Drive Shipped with US01)

Testing Methods:
When testing CD & DVD Write Speeds, I use the latest version of Nero CD Speed and create Data Discs. These tests show the exact time to write the media to it's maximum rated capacity. These write times are accurate of the drives performance as Nero CD Speed generates data files on-the-fly.  All write times include lead in and lead out, so the times shown should be the longest possible burn time. If you don't fill the media to capacity, obviously write times will vary.

Please keep in mind that all of the Nero CD Speed screenshots of the TS-H552U are actual write times, not simulations. Thanks once again to the great people over at Blankmedia, I can almost afford to burn up a stack of media in the review.

Media Compatibility:

Media that is capable of being burned is still scarce for most drives, but here is how the media I had on hand stacks up.  I'd like to take a minute to thank
Blankmedia for rounding up such a wide array of media for me to test on this burner.  They are also now stocking 16X rated DVD+R Media!

DVD Media:

  • Taiyo Yuden 8X DVD-R @ 8X - TYG02
  • Prodisc Silver 8X DVD-R @ 8X - ProdiscF01
  • Generic Silver 8X DVD+R @ 8X - CMC MAG E01
  • Prodisc White Hub IJP DVD+R 8X @ 8X - PRODISC R03
  • Taiyo Yuden 4X DVD-R @ 4X - TYG01
  • Sonic Silver 4X DVD+R @ 2.4X - 001
  • Optodisc 4X DVD+R @ 4X - OPTODISC OR4
  • Maxell 4X DVD+R @ 4X - MEDIA ID 001
  • Verbatim 8X DVD+R @ 8X - MCC 003
  • Potex 4X DVD+RW @ 4X - Philips 041
  • Verbatim 16X DVD+R @ 16X - MCC 004
  • RiDATA 16X DVD+R @ 12X - RITEK R04
  • Taiyo Yuden 8X DVD+R @ 8X - YUDEN000 T02
  • Ridata 2.4X DVD+R DL @ 2.4X - RITEK D01
  • Piodata 2.4X DVD+R DL @ 2.4X - RITEK D01

CD Media:

  • 99Min 40X CD-R @ 32X
  • Verbatim 32X CDRW @ 24X (DRIVE MAX)
  • Memorex 24X CDRW @ 24X (DRIVE MAX)
  • Ritek 52X CDR @ 40X (DRIVE MAX)

Our last stop before we head on over to CD Testing, is to take a look at the features of this drive according to Nero's Info Tool.

As is the case with the PX-716A, the TS-H552U doesn't support Mt. Rainier or DVD-RAM.  As you can see in the above screenshot, it does read CD-R's at 48X and write them at 40X.  Please note the 2MB buffer on this drive as well as it's model as being a "TSST corp" manufactured drive.  TSST stands for "Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology".  For better or for worse, the Samsung TS-H552U Writemaster is a Toshiba drive.  Head on over to the next page and find out if it's a good thing.