AOpen 52/24/52 CDRW with Mt. Rainier

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AOpen 52/24/52 CDRW with Mt. Rainier
Drive, Bundle, Installation and More
CD Read Tests
CD Write Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

With nothing much to review at this point, I begged Dallmann Computers for another CDRW drive. I really wanted to try out the latest drive from AOpen, as is supports the Mt. Rainier format for writing to CD-RW's. If you're not familiar with Mt. Rainier, we'll touch more on that later.
This drive is currently the fastest drive available from AOpen and boasts CAV writing at speeds of up to 52x on a CDR, as well as P-CAV writing of CD-RW's. It's specs look awfully impressive, but what looks good on paper doesn't always cut it in the real world.
I was quite impressed with the BenQ 5224 CDRW drive I reviewed last month, so this drive will have to live up to some pretty high expectations. Is AOpen up to the challenge? Let's find out!
Specs and Features:
What CDRW review would be complete without the specs ripped from the Manufacture's website? Here they are from AOpen's product page:
  • Interface: E-IDE/ATAP, ATA-33 (33MB/sec), DMA (16.7MB/sec), PIO Mode 4 (16.7MB/sec)
  • Data Buffer Memory: 2MB
  • Data Transfer Rate:

    CDR Write: 52X,48X,40X,32X,24X,16X,12X,8X
    CD-RW Write: 24X,16X,12X,10X,4X
    CD Read: Up to 52X

  • Average Access Time: 120ms
  • Mounting Orientation: Horizontal or vertical (eject button must be upside)
  • Supported Formats: CD-Audio,CD-ROM (mode 1 and 2), CD-ROM XA (mode2, from 1 and from 2), CD-I, Photo-CD (single and multiple sessions), Video CD, CD Extra, I-Trax CD, CD Text, and High Density (80-min) CD.
Here is how the specs translate into features. . .
  • Just Link Technology (Burn Proof)
  • Just Speed Technology (Detects Fastest Safe Burn Speed)
  • Writes CDR at 52X and CD-RW at 24X speed
  • CD reads at up to 52X speed
  • Firmware upgradable
  • Digital audio output (SPDIF) supported
  • OPC technology boosts recording reliability
  • Speed Boost Function
It looks pretty good so far, but before we get into performance too much, we'll take a quick look at the drive itself, what it comes with, and installation. . . not to worry, they'll be plenty of benchmarks. . .