Creative Blaster CD 32x
Creative's 32x internal CD-ROM transfers data at up to 4,800 KB/second and accesses data in 85ms (1/3 stroke) to 170ms (full stroke),giving it the ability to take on the performance requirements of your data-intensive CD-ROM programs. You'll notice quicker loading times, and video and animation sequences play more smoothly. The Creative 32x CD-ROM drive has an internal design and features an integrated 512k cache buffer for quick access and a motorized tray for easy handling of CD-ROMs.
According to the nicely detailed manual accompanying the drive, before installation it is a good idea to determine where, within your IDE scheme, the drive will go (master/slave) and set the jumper found at the back of the drive. You can then slide the drive into any available 5.25' half-height drive bay. The device provides connectors for digital and CD audio output as well as its EIDE data and power connectors - all of which are clearly documented. Once all the cables are properly connected - take note: A drive of this speed is bound to cause some vibration so, you'll want to make sure that you tighten it down well before closing up the computer housing.
In any of the new super7 systems, this drive will be auto-detected in the BIOS, and Windows 9x will install the proper drivers. But if you have a problem or are building from scratch the drive comes packaged with a full set of drivers on floppy disk.
This drives performance is outstanding but as you may guess, at this speed it generates a good bit of noise - not quite as loud as say a vacuum cleaner but, it isn't whisper quiet either.
Testbed for Creative's Blaster CD 32x
|Mainboard||Tyan S1590 Trinity 100AT|
|Processor||Cyrix MII 333|
|Operating System||Windows 98|
Using Winbench 98 the drive performed admirably averaging 1690 over5 runs of the CD-ROM WinMark98 tests, with a CPU utilization of a remakably low 18% and access times averaging 117ms.
Using SiS-Soft's Sandra 98 and a file 77MB in size, the drive scored a very high drive index score of 2668, showing the inner track speed at 13,582 RPM, with buffered reads at 37MB/s, sequential reads of 3,844 KB/s and random reads of 905 KB/s. The benchmark also recorded the full stroke (estimated) access time at 105ms.
Although a bit on the noisy side the drive performs exceptionally well and if you are looking for an upgrade for your old drive, this one matches up nicely with your new super7 system. With prices found as low as $64.00 you can be sure of a good value for your hard-earned dollar. The Super 7 Hardware Guide heartily gives this drive our seal of approval...