Maximum PC Staff Jun 27, 2009


At A Glance

Going Green

Good overall performance with data reads and writes.


Bad performance ripping video discs.

Another 22x DVD burner enters the fray

The GH22LS30 comes with Nero Express for recording discs and Cyberlink's Power-Producer and PowerDVD for disc authoring and playback chores.

If you read our disc-ripping challenge on page 62, then you already know that LG’s GH22LS30 22x SATA drive is a slowpoke at copying video discs. But if that’s not an activity that interests you, this drive offsets the shortcoming with other talents. For example, the GH22LS30 turned in the fastest time we’ve ever clocked at writing data to a single-layer DVD+R disc. Like Samsung’s SH-S223 (reviewed February), LG’s 22x burner isn’t daunted by 16x media; the drive peaked at a 20.1x speed when filling the disc and achieved an impressive write-speed average of 16.31x. Thus the GH22LS30 was able to write 4.38GB of data in 4:29 (min:sec) compared with the SH-S223’s time of 4:46. The GH22LS30 read the single-layer data disc in 4:58 to the SH-S223’s 4:55.

The two drives were close performers when reading and writing dual-layer discs, as well—when the content was data, that is. The GH22LS30 wrote 7.96GB of data to disc in 13:54 versus the SH-S223’s 13:13. And LG’s drive took 11:46 to read the data disc we created, while Samsung’s drive took 11:29. But as we mentioned earlier, the speed of the GH22LS30 ratchets way down when the drive is reading video files. Our new disc-ripping test involves copying the contents of a dual-layer movie disc to a hard drive (a read operation, as far as the optical drive is concerned). LG’s GH22LS30 took 20:24 to rip our test DVD, while Samsung’s SH-S223 finished in 15:26 in stock trim (and just 8:26 with a third-party firmware hack), and a host of other DVD drives took just a little over 10:00. (See page 62 for details). That kind of time can add up when you’re archiving a movie collection.

The two drives evened out again in our DVD+RW tests, with the GH22LS30 writing 4.38GB of data to a rewriteable disc in 14:55, a second faster than Samsung’s drive mustered.

Yes, the GH22LS30 is nearly equal to Samsung’s SH-S223 in many respects, but we’ll opt for the total package over a partial any day.


Samsung SH-S223
DVD+R Write Speed Average
16.31x 14.94X
DVD+R Read Speed Average
Access Times (random/full) 123/233ms 117/204MS
DVD+DL Write Speed Average 9.12x
DVD Ripping (min:sec) 20:24

Best scores are bolded. Our test bed is a Windows XP SP2 machine using a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700, 2GB of Corsair DDR2/800 RAM on an EVGA 680 SLI motherboard, one EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS card, a Western Digital 500GB Caviar hard drive, and a PC Power and Cooling Turbo Cool PSU. All tests were conducted using Verbatim media and Nero CD DVD Speed, except the ripping test, whereby we time how long it takes to copy the contents of a double-layer DVD to a Velociraptor hard drive.
*Time after third-party firmware patch.


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