CDRWs might be a dying animal, but two Tier 1 manufacturers continue to breathe life into the market. Particularly, Lite-On and MSI still seem to justify R&D in the CD based optical media sector. MSI’s commanding market share has kept them in a good enough position to continue their reign as the optical storage leader. To add one more product to their already dizzying optical line, the CR52-M was recently announced.

Today, we will take a look at one of the newer CDRW drives, the MSI CR52-M. MSI’s CR52-M is tops off CDR speed at the industry standard 52X write/read, but is also capable of excellent 32X rewrite speed. There are some other interesting features in the CR52-M, including full read speed throttle and mini form factor, but we will talk more about those features later. So, does MSI’s newest drive have what it takes, or is it just a case of too little, too late?

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  • Ian@CDRlabs - Monday, September 15, 2003 - link


    Why would it be ununsual that I contact you?

    I'm not talking about the start/stop times in the read tests. I'm talking about the writing tests.

    Nevermind.. I see you have a few Nero screenshots showing the writing times. I didn't see those before.

  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link

    #9: The "dummy" CDs are the ones created in CD Speed.


    while I do commend your criticism, I find it slightly unusual you did email me. In all honesty, I never recorded the start/stop times of the CD Speed tests. I did record the start/stop burning speeds if you would like me to just post those.


  • Ian@CDRlabs - Saturday, September 13, 2003 - link

    Please add writing times to your writing tests. The average writing speed is not an accurate indicator of how fast a drive is. It can take longer to write leadin/leadout or run media tests. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 13, 2003 - link

    Edit for previous post: I meant Nero CD/DVD Speed's test disc. Sorry. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 13, 2003 - link

    I think that a test should be done using Nero Infotool's test disc so that people can compare results with their own drives. Or is the "dummy file" test made with it?

    Just a comment: These drives are slightly underrated. I have a Lite-On 52327S and it reads and writes at 53.55x at 82min. I'm sure this would rise slightly with a 99min CDR.
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 13, 2003 - link

    the shorter form factor is a good thing in my opinion, as i have had a couple cases that couldn't have standard length cd-rws mounted in the bottom 5.25" bay as the back of the drive would hit a capacitator on the mobo Reply
  • Jeff7181 - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    Two articles a day? Sounds GREAT to me =)

    I've even had a hard time finding 24X CDRW media... I guess I'm looking in the wrong places because I'm not willing to pay oodles of money for CDRW's when I have a few spindles of CDR media, totaling about 175 CDR's that I didn't pay over $10 for.

    With CDR media being SO cheap... is CDRW media really even necessary? Packet writing isn't that great cause you need the packet writing software to read and write to them... and why bother erasing an old scratched CDRW disk when you can pull out a brand new CDR disk that only costs you pennies?
  • Zepper - Thursday, September 11, 2003 - link

    It seems like eveyone is selling Lite Ons these days. And since when is MSI a big wheel in optical? As far as I can tell they have done nothing but sell rebadged LiteOns with slight apperance mods - just like Sony, TDK etc.etc. Does anybody else besides LiteOn and Sanyo/Plextor actually manufacture their own designs any more?
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - link

    Our good friends Mitsubishi Chemical make 32X. Pretty much the best you can buy but in all honesty, not worth an upgrade from an existing drive. If you were looking into buying a new system, then I would consider the CD52-M.

    Aga I have a neat optical drive I will post in the next day or two. Our schedule for the next 3 weeks is full =) We might have to start posting 2 articles a day.

  • AgaBooga - Tuesday, September 9, 2003 - link

    I think Anand is getting the Athlon 64 reviews ready. His coloumn in this month's CPU magazine mentioned September 23rd at the end of the article. Other than that, I haven't heard anything from him either.

    One question though, is there 32X CDRW media available readily? Last I checked, 12x and 16x is used most widely for CDRW use because the 24x and higher cost more to the end consumer.

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