LG Super Multi DVD Writer 16x16x10 DVD +/-RW GSA-H10N

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Product(s): LG GSA-H10N 16x DVD/CD Rewriter
Provided By: Memory Express
Price: ~$37.95 CDN (Memoryexpress.com)

First Impressions:

Pulling this drive out of the box wasn't terribly exciting, this drive looks like every other DVD/CD Burner on the market today. This is a very inexpensive drive, and is one of the cheapest priced drives on the market right now. With that being said, I'm not expecting any "Mind-Blowing" performance or anything, I'm just more interested to see what kind of performance this drive is capable of.


This drive comes bundled with a software package including: PowerDVD, PowerProducer, Nero Express, In CD and Acrobat Reader. This is definately enough software to get the average user up and going. It would have been nice to have a full version of Nero, however at the sub-$40.00 price range its understandable that a full version is not included.

Test System:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+
  • Asus A8V Deluxe
  • 2 x 120 gig Western Digital (8 MB Cache) in RAID 0 (Promise PDC20378 Raid Controller)
  • 2 x 250 gig Maxtor (16 MB Cache) in RAID 0 (VIA VT8237 Raid Controller)
  • 4 x 512 mb PC3200 Kingston Memory
  • ATI Radeon x850 XT
  • Enermax 465 Watt PS

 

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A screenshot from InfoTool showing compatible media

LG GSA-H10N Specifications:

Read:

DVD-ROM: SL: 6.6x-16x(CAV) - DL: 5x-12x(CAV)
DVD+/-RW: 5.4x-13x(CAV)
DVD+/-R: SL: 6.6x-16x(CAV) - DL: 5x-12x(CAV)
DVD-VIDEO: 2.4x-8x(CAV)
DVD-RAM: Ver1.0: 2x(ZCLV) - Ver2.2: 2x,3x(ZCLV),5x,12x(PCAV)
CD-ROM/R: 20x-48x(CAV)
CD-RW: 17x-40x(CAV)

Write:

DVD-R: 2x,4x(CLV),8x(ZCLV/PCAV),16x(PCAV)
DVD-R DualLayer: 2x,4x,6x(CLV)
DVD-RW: 1x,2x,4x,6x(CLV)
DVD+R: 2.4x,4x(CLV),8x,12x(ZCLV/PCAV*),16x(PCAV)
DVD+R Double layer: 2.4x,4x(CLV),10x(ZCLV)
DVD+RW: 2.4x(CLV),4x,6x,8x(ZCLV)
DVD-RAM(Ver.2.2): 2x-5x: 2x,3x(ZCLV), 5x(PCAV), 6x-16x: 6x(CLV), 8x,12x(PCAV)
CD-R: 4x,8x,16x(CLV),48x(ZCLV)
CD-RW: MS:1,2,4x: 4x(CLV) - HS:4-10x: 10x(CLV) - US:8-32x: 16x(CLV),24x,32x(ZCLV)

ACCESS TIME: DVD-ROM: 145ms - CD-ROM: 125ms - DVD-RAM: 300ms
DATA TRANSFER RATE: CD: Max. 7.2MB/s - DVD: Max. 22.16MB/s
BUFFER SIZE: 2 MB
INTERFACE: E-IDE/ATAPI
MOUNTING: Vertical and Horizontal
MTBF: 100,000 POH
SIZE (WxDxH): 148mm x 165mm x 41.3mm
Warrenty: One year

On the next page we'll jump into some benchmarks.


LG GSA-H10N DVD Benchmarks:

For all these tests I used a 4.7gig WinRAR file. I used the same file for all tests to ensure they were benchmarked as fairly as possible. I tested 6 different types of media, at different speeds. Below is a recap of the Burning times for all the DVD media I used. I have also included Nero Read Tests for each disk I burned.

Please note that I have also tested a DVD-RAM disc at the end of this section, however since it had a smaller capacity (4.5 gig) compared to the others (4.7 gig), I was not able to include it into the Burning Time Graph.

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First up, A Ricoh 8x DVD-R Disk, which burned in 8:09. Pretty good burning quality, and was able to get up to 16x on the Read test.

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This was a Fujifilm 16x DVD-R Disk, which burned in 5:28.

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This was a Dynex 4x DVD-R disk. These disks cost me less than $0.20 each, so they are definately not high quality by any means, which is obvious from the read tests.

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Memorex 16x DVD+R Disk, Nero would only burn it at 12x, which took 5:51

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Maxell 8x DVD+R Disk. Nero let this disc be burned at 12x, in 6:44. Even burning faster than rated for, it produced a nice clean read test.

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Verbatim 16x DVD+R, which burned in 5:25. Pretty smooth read test.

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This was a Verbatim DVD+R Dual Layer Disk burned at 6x (18:52)

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This is a Maxell DVD-RAM disk rated for 5x burning. I burned this disk with a different size file since its capacity is a little smaller than the others, which is why its final burning time was not included in the graph. It was able to burn a 4.5gig file in 22:41.

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Now that we've wrapped up the DVD Tests, we'll head on over and take a look at a few CD Tests.


LG GSA-H10N CD Benchmarks:

For all the CD Burning tests I used a 700mb WinRAR file. Below is the Summary of the CD Burning tests. I burned all the CD-R tests at 48x since the majority of CD-R Media is at least 48x rated. Below is a summary of the Burning Times. I have also included Nero Read Tests for each disc tested.

Something to note is the CD-RW Read tests, I tried two different CD-RW media types (Verbatim and Memorex), the Verbatim disc burned with no problems, however the Memorex disc would not burn properly for some reason and failed while burning. I have included the Read test for the disc that failed, however did not add it to the graph.

 

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This was a Memorex 48x Black disc, which burned in 3:13. This is a little more expensive of disk than the others I have used for testing.

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This was a Verbatim 32x CD-RW disc. The disc was able to get up to 32x in the read test.

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This was a Ridata 52x CD-R Burned at 48x. These discs are rather inexpensive ($0.25-$0.35) each.

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This was a Cursor 40x CD-R Disc burned at 48x. The read test shows pretty much the same quality as the other discs, even when burned faster than it was rated for.

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I thought I would add this read test showing a Memorex 24x CD-RW disc. It was unable to complete a read test. I did not include this disc in my graph of times, but thought I'd add it anyways.

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LG GSA-H10N Final Thoughts:

Well, this drive is pretty much what I was expecting it to be, it does everything well, which makes it hard to review. This is definately not the most expensive drive on the market, as its obviously aimed to the mainstream public. I could easily recommend this drive if your looking for a inexpensive do-it-all dvd burner.

Basically at the end of the day, this drive met my expectations. It seems that lately there really haven't been many exciting new technologies when it comes to DVD/CD Burners, and when I started this drive I was pretty sure there wasn't going to be anything that jumped out and surprised me. It really makes giving this drive a final score tough, I couldn't give it a perfect score just since it really didn't blow me away or anything, however it has very solid numbers and therefore scored quite high in the end.

The only real issue I had was with CD-RW testing, the drive would not burn a 24x Memorex Disc that I had chosen for the test. I tried a different brand of media and was able to complete the CD-RW test. Also another issue with Memorex media occured when testing DVD writing, I was unable to write a 16x disc at its rated speed and had to burn it at 12x instead. Its not a big deal, just something to note.

Pros:

  • Does everything Well
  • Low Price

Cons:

  • CD-RW Quality/Compatability

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
8/10
Stability:
10/10
Features:
9/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 9.2

I'd like to thank Memory Express for allowing us to review this DVD Burner. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.