What does the x stand for on 32x?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope
32x

The x on 32x means that, theoretically, this drive is 32 times faster than the original CD-ROM drive. See the transfer rates for exact speeds. The following table shows the standard transfer rates and access times of the majority of CD-ROM drives. The following figures are averages. You can expect to find that these averages may be slower or faster than your CD-ROM drive.

DRIVE SPEED TRANSFER RATE (bps) ACCESS TIME (ms)
Single-speed (1x) 153,600 400
Double-speed (2x) 307,200 300
Triple-speed (3x) 460,800 200
Quad-speed (4x) 614,400 150
Six-speed (6x) 921,600 150
Eight-speed (8x) 1,228,800 100
Ten-speed (10x) 1,536,000 100
Twelve-speed (12x) 1,843,200 100
Sixteen-speed (16x) 2,457,600 90
Eighteen-speed (18x) 2,764,800 90
Twenty-four-speed (24x) 3,686,400 90
Thirty-two-speed (32x) 4,915,200 85
One-hundred-speed (100x) 15,360,000 80
CAV drives (12x - 24x) 1,843,200 - 3,686,400 150-90

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