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Toshiba SD-R5472

The SD-R5472 model from Toshiba has a standard plain design of the front panel, too. The faceplate on our sample is black, but white-colored models are also available. An Eject button and a LED indicator are the only things you find on the front panel. On the rear panel of the drive there are interface and power connectors, a jumper with pins to set the device’s status on an IDE channel, and analog and digital audio outputs. The drive’s specification follows below:

  • CD read speed: 48x max
  • DVD read speed: 16x
  • CD-R write speed: 48x max
  • CD-RW write speed: 32x max
  • DVD write speeds:
    • 16x (DVD+R and DVD-R)
    • 4x (DVD-R DL)
    • 6x (DVD+R DL)
    • 8x (DVD+RW and DVD-RW)
  • Supported DVD and CD formats: CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-ROM XA Multi-Session, Audio CD, CD Text, CD-Extra, CD-Plus, CD-I, VideoCD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+R DL (Version 1.0), DVD-RW
  • Buffer: 2 megabytes
  • Access time: 110 milliseconds (CD), 130 milliseconds (DVD)
  • Interface: IDE/ATAPI
  • Dimensions: 148 x 42.3 x 184mm
  • Weight: 0.77kg

The average retail price of this model is $47.

Testbed and Methods

We used the following programs and utilities to explore the operational parameters of the drives:

  • Nero CD-DVD Speed 4.04
  • Nero Info Tool 3.01
  • Nero Burning ROM version 6.6.0.16
  • Nero CD DAE 0.4B
  • Andre Wiethoff Exact Audio Copy (EAC) version 0.95 prebeta 5
  • Nic Wilson DVDINFOPro 4.22
  • Ziff Davis Media CD WinBench 99 version 1.1.1.

The testbed was configured like follows:

  • Intel Bonanza D875PBZ mainboard
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz CPU
  • IBM DTLA-307015 15GB hard disk drive
  • GeForce2 MX400 64MB graphics card
  • 512MB DDR SDRAM
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 and DirectX 9.0b.

I tested the drives in the same state as I had received them (or as you would have them right after the purchase).

 
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