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Friday, December 19, 2008
Samsung SH-S223F

1. Introduction, specifications

Toshiba Samsung Storage Division (TSST) has been among the first ODD maker that made its move into the market of 22X DVD burners with the SH-S223F. However, they took the initiative to also make it the first drive able to burn DVD+R DL media at 16X. This innovation along with the 22X burning feature sure make it something interesting to check out, and can make it stand out as the choice of many users.

The Samsung drive is able to burn DVD±R media at 22X, DVD+R DL at 16X, DVD-R DL at 12X, DVD+RW media at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X, DVD-RW DL at 2X and DVD-RAM at 12X. It is connected to the computer via a S-ATA interface, thus allowing Burst Transfer Rates of up to 1.5Gbps.

The drive is part of the company's Writemaster family of products, meaning that it carries all these technologies met in previous models, including the tilt actuator compensation and weight balance compensation technologies, buffer underrun for worry-free CD/DVD burnings as well as double OPC technology for reliable recordings.

- Drive Features & Specifications

General Features
Drive Type
Drive Height
DrIve Mounting
Buffer Memory
Data Transfer Rate
CD-R Write 48X
Read 40X
CD-RW Write 32X
Read 32X
Write 48X
Read 16X
DVD+R Write 22X
Read 16X
DVD-R Write 22X
Read 16X
DVD+R Double Layer Write 16X
Read 12X
DVD-R Double Layer Write 12X
Read 12X
DVD+RW Write 8X
Read 12X
DVD-RW Write 6X
Read 12X
DVD-RAM Write 12X
Read 12X
Performance Features
Burst Transfer Rate PIO Mode 4 16.6MB/ps
DMA Mode 2 16.6MB/ps
UDMA Mode 2 33.3mb/ps
S-ATA 150mb/ps
Average Access Time CD-ROM 110ms
DVD-ROM 130ms
E-Co Product : RoHS Yes
Automatic Ball Balancing System : A.B.S Yes
Weight Balancing System : W.B.S Yes
Firmware Live Update Yes
Buffer Underrun Free Technology Yes
Speed Adjustment Technology : S.A.T Yes
Double O.P.C Technology Yes
Tilt Actuator Compensation Technology : T.A.C Yes
Product Weights & Dimensions
Dimension(W x H x D) 142 x 42 x 170mm
Weight 1.2Kg

-The Drive

The drive's external design is typical and the the available extra bezels could be easily installed and match the color of your PC case.

Let's have a look in the drive's internals.

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The main board is compact compared to previous generations of DVD burners.

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The drive's is based on the MediaTek MT1869L chip.

- Retail box

The retail box is complete and includes the following items:

  • TSST SH-S223F DVD burner
  • Quick setup guide
  • S-ATA Data Cable
  • Instruction manual
  • Mounting screws
  • 2 extra bezels (silver & white)
  • Software disc with user manual (17 languages), Nero Express 7 Essentials, InCD Essentials, Nero Vision Essentials, Nero BackitUp Essentials, Nero ShowTime Essentials and Nero Recode Essentials

- Installation

The SATA drive was identified under Windows XP as "TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223F ", firmware version SB02.

DVD Info Pro

Nero Info Tool 5

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