LiteON iHAS524 24x DVD writer with Label flash
Posted by: Snubbsy on: 02.08.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Installed in my InWin Maelstrom, along with my fan controller and LiteON Blu-ray reader
The LiteON iHAS524 was used in the following test system:
- Mainboard – Asus P5Q Pro
- CPU – Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 4GHz
- GFX - Inno3D GTX275 iChill edition
- CPU Cooling – ProLimaTech Megahalems
- Memory – 6GB DDR2 – 4-4-4-12 (Corsair & G.Skill)
- Disks – 2 x Samsung F3 500GB in RAID0, 1TB Samsung F1
- DVD burner - on review
- Case – InWin Maelstrom
- PSU – OCZ Modxtreme 600w
- On Review – LiteON iHAS524
Installation was simple enough – Windows 7 automatically installed the required drivers, and we are ready to burn. Included with this drive is Nero 8 Essentials – a great piece of software, which also includes a load of benchmarking tools.
I found this drive to be a little noisy, and it seems to take quite a while to spin down. However, Nero includes “Drive Speed” which allows you to reduce drive speed in an effort to reduce noise. However, I found that when watching films etc, the drive automatically span down, so that it was inaudible above other system noise.
I also found that during burning of DVD's/CD's, the drive was actually quite quiet.
A short review of LabelTag
No LabelTag software appeared to be bundled with this DVD-RW, however I managed to get hold of a program called "SmartPack" which appears to include a "Preview" version of LabelTag.
As such, I tested it by first burning a 10meg file to a 700MB CD-R, I then used LabelTag to write the following text: "Xtremecomputing.co.uk - LiteON iHAS524 Review - Snubbs" This took 5minutes - quite quick!
Here are a couple of photos of the result:
Please forgive the strange lights/colours - this was a pain to capture on camera!
The text is actually fairly visible in real-life, however it doesn't quite match LightScribe for clarity.
However, given that you don't need any special media (unlike LightScribe/LabelFlash), LabelTag is actually quite attractive - giving you an easy, simple and quick way to professionally label your CD/DVD burns.
For testing, I will use Nero’s “Benchmark” and “Create Disc” benchmarking tools.
Here we can see that the iHAS524 is well within it's stated access time of 150ms - sporting an actual random access time of 103ms! This is very good for a DVD-RW. Reading speeds of up to 48.88 exceed its specification, and an average rear speed of 36.86 is actually quite good too.
Burning speeds however, are a bit disappointing - for some reason the drive struggled to burn at more than 16x (the disc is good for 52x, and the DVD-RW drive should be able to do 48x), however it only took 5:21min to burn a full 700mb CD - so no worries there.
The drive is certified for a read speed of up to 16x, and a random access speed of 160ms, however as we can see here - the random access time is as low as 102ms! Impressive for a DVD-RW. The average read speed of 12.13x is good too, peaking at 16.23x - exceeding the drives specifications again.
The drive did equally well during writing - keeping an average of 7.52x and peaking at 8.11x - well within the drives limits (in this case the limit was the 8x DVD-R, this drive can burn up to 24x DVD-Rs). It took all of 8:32min to burn this DVD-R.
DVD-R-Dual Layer performance
When it came to burning dual-layer DVD+Rs, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, however as we can see here, the drive delivered a stable performance - on the reading side, it managed an average read of 9.03x, peaking at 12.04x, and on the writing end, managing an average of 6.18x, and peaking at 8x - quite good on an 8x DVD+R-DL.
Random access times are a little higher - at 127ms, not as impressive as the CD/DVD-ROM access times, but given that it's a dual-layer DVD, I think this is still quite good, and well within the specified 160ms. It took 20mins to burn a full dual-layer DVD.
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