SysReview maakt ons blij met deze review van de Samsung SD-612, een 12x IDE DVD drive. Het ding bleek geen problemen te hebben met playback en wist zelfs zwaar mishandelde CD's te kunnen draaien:
I inserted Matrix, one of the best movies ever created, into the drive, and the SD-612 fired up the movie in 2-3 seconds with no problem. DVD playback was superb with the Tnt2 ultra, I observed no slowdown whatsoever. Furthermore, unlike my previous Pioneer 10X Slot DVD drive, the Samsung SD-612 was noticeably quieter, especially during load-up times. By no means am I stating that the Samsung unit is silent, but it appears as though the ARS (Acoustic-Noise Reduction System) is effective in lowering the drive’s noise levels. Later, I popped in my Hollywood Plus DVD Decoder into one of the PCI slots and continued to watch some DVDs. Though the image quality was minutely better with hardware decoding, playback performance was still flawless.
After a few hours of movie watching delight, I placed my DVDs aside and began to test data and music CDs. As expected, the drive had no problem reading a variety of CDs including CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and VCDs. To see whether Samsung’s Auto Balancing feature would function, I burned a copy of Quake III, and then I proceeded to damage the CD. For minimal CD damage, I repeatedly scratched the copy of Quake III with my nails. To my surprise, the CD installed properly and ran appropriately. For extreme measures, I took my Swiss army knife and adorned the CD with two lovely indentations. I really didn’t expect this, but the drive read the disc fine. Once I buy a digital camera, I’ll make sure I take a picture of the molested CD and post it on our website. I’m impressed.