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STORAGE DEVICES

Asus CRW-5232AS QuietTrack CDRW
By: Cyd
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    2004-04-26

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  • Asus CRW-5232AS QuietTrack CDRW
  • Box Contents
  • The Drive
  • Benchmarks
  • Noise Levels

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    If your shooting for silent computing then you've certainly noticed that no matter how silent your fans or your more extreme cooling solution seem to be you still have to put up with the constantly audible whirring noises made by your various drives. Today we're going to take a look at Asus's attempt to help you quiet down at least one of those drives, your CD-RW. So did they succeed in finding a silent solution, or will earplugs still be necessary to those with finer hearing palettes.

    Asus, as a company, needs little to no introduction really, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, especially the last few 6 months or so. Asus has become one of the industry's leading names when it comes to motherboards, and video cards to a lesser extent. However, Asus has been trying to expand it’s horizons to include pretty much every facet of technology today. They now have laptops, PDAs, barebones computer systems, switches/routers/wireless solutions, servers, and optical storage devices, as seen in today’s review.

    We here at Dev Hardware were fortunate enough to get our hands a CD-RW drive that recently hit the market. I am referring to the Asus CRW-5232AS. Here’s a look at the specifications of the Asus CRW-5232AS straight from the company’s website.

    Data Transfer RateCAV write/ P-CAV rewrite/ CAV read
    Sustained Transfer RateCD (Read): 52X Max. 7800 KB/sec (CAV)
    DAE:52X Max. 7800 KB/sec (CAV)
    CD-R (Write): 52X, 48X, 40X, 32X, 24X, 16X, 8X, 4X
    CD-RW (Write): 32X, 24X, 16X, 12X, 10X, 8X, 4X
    Random Access Time100 ms typical @ 1/3 stroke
    Writing ModesTAO (Track-At-Once), DAO (Disc-At-Once),SAO (Session-At-Once), Packet Write
    O/S CompatibilityWindows XP/ NT/ ME/ 2000/ 98SE
    InterfaceATAPI/ E-IDE
    Data Buffer2 MB
    Anti-Coaster TechnologyFlextraLink
    Recording TechnologyFlextraSpeed
    Bundle SoftwareLatest CD Recording Software
    Line out Output0.7V rms typical
    Disc FormatsDisc Formats
    CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, Photo CD, Mixed Mode CD-ROM, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD-Text, Video CD, DVCD, Bootable CD
    Disc Diameters
    8 cm and 12 cm
    Recommended MediaCD-R
    TDK, Taiyo Yuden, CMC, Ritek, Prodisc, Mitsubishi Chemical
    CD-RW
    Ritek, Prodisc, AMT, CMC, Ricoh, Mitsubishi Chemical
    ReliabilityMTBF
    100,000 Power On Hours
    Operating Duty Cycle (Read) 20% POH
    Operating Duty Cycle (Write) 1% POH
    MTTR
    1/2 hour
    ConfigurationsMounting Orientation: Vertical and Horizontal (+5° ~ -5°)
    Dimensions (H/W/D): 43 x 149.0 x 174.30 mm
    Weight: 830g
    Electrical SpecificationsPower Requirement: DC + 5V / DC +12 V
    Tolerance: ± 5 % / ± 10 %
    Environmental SpecificationsTemperature
    Operating: 5? to 45?
    Storage: -20? to 60?
    Humidity
    Operating: 20% ~ 80% (Non-condensing)
    Storage: 15% ~ 85% (Non-condensing)
    Vibration
    Operating: 0.3 G peak (at 5~500 Hz)
    Storage: 2.0 G peak (at 10~500 Hz)

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