The contents of a retail CRW-5224A kit include:

 ASUS CRW-5224A Drive
1 ASUS 80min 52x CDR Disk
1 ASUS 80min 40x CDRW Disk
1 12” IDE cable
4 Screws
1 Digital Audio cable
Nero Express 5.5

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Visual appearance of the 5224A was consistent with that of the last four retail ASUS CDRW drives.  The grooved faceplate looks exactly identical to the 4012A-U unit with the exception of different burn speeds written on the front.  Other features on the front include headphone jack, volume control, 2 LEDs, a play button and an eject button.  The LED on the right glows yellow when media is in the drive, while the LED on the left glows red when the drive is burning.

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The drive itself is constructed with a heavy duty feel.  The drive door gives the drive somewhat an appearance of a tank. Like the 4012A, the drive door hardly pressure sensitive at all. In order to get the drive to close, we had to push so hard we almost thought we broke it.  After a few weeks we finally got used to using the button to eject and close the drive.

Since LiteOn manufactures the majority of the optical storage components in the 5224A, we noticed a large resemblance between the two drives.  Unfortunately, the only issue we disliked in both drives was the buffer size.  With the advent of FlextraLink, BurnProof, and others, drive manufactures are continually chopping away at the buffer.  In the real world, burning to a disk with several intensive applications open, it does not take much effort to under run the buffer.  FlextraLink coupled with an 8MB buffer would probably result in a much more versatile drive; capable of performing similar speeds in the real world just as easily as in a controlled environment.

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  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - link

    Why didn't they make the CD-RW and DVD-RW writting standard like a hardrive? Why couldn't they have used HPFS, or even FAT32 instead of the sequential writting style? It probably would of been a lot quicker to read an write, and you wouldn't need some silly floppy image at the beginning of your CD to make it bootable. Reply
  • rayahari - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    Hey guys its a nice and fast drive.
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  • AprilLee - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - link

    What was the need to introduce CRW-5224A when already the features were present in CRW-4012A-U.? I think instead of wasting time on describing the same thing one must focus on the flaws of this CD at and then introduce something better than the previous. Reply

ASUS CRW-5224A 52x/24x/52x CDRW Drive



Write Speed

52x (7800KB/s), 48x, 40x, 32x, 24x (CAV)
16x, 12x, 8x, 4x (CLV)

Rewrite Speed

24x, 16x, 12x, 10x, 8x 4x 2x (CLV)

Read Speed

52X Max (7800KB/s) (CAV)

Supported Modes

DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / SAO 16 & 96
Packet Write

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