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ASUS's New 18x DVD-ROM Drives - DVD-E818AT and DVD-E818A

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ASUS's New 18x DVD-ROM Drives - DVD-E818AT and DVD-E818A

Postby Ian on Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:08 pm

ASUS had these drives at Computex but besides a few pictures, I haven't heard much about them until now.

DVD-E818AT (SATA) - http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=6& ... odelmenu=1

DVD-E818A (IDE) - http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=6& ... odelmenu=1

The ASUS DVD-E818AT provides cutting-edge multimedia experience with superior playback capacities and high-speed data transfer. Built-in advanced technologies provide users of the DVD-E818AT with a quiet, stable and high-performance multimedia environment.
* Multi-Functions: Fast Data Transfer Speed
* DVD-ROM max. data transfer rate: 24930 KB/s (18X).
* CD-ROM max. data transfer rate: 7200 KB/s (48X).
* Fast random access time DVD: 105 ms vs. CD: 95 ms typical.

Full Accessibility and Playability
ASUS DVD-E818AT provides leading-edge multimedia experience with fabulous playback capacities that allows users to access all CDs, DVD-ROM/DVD±R/ DVD±RW/DVD-RAM and DVD-Video discs

Auto Vibration Reducing System (AVRS)
The AVRS technology is designed to minimize the vibration caused by the spindle motor and resonance between components as well as the drive and PC cases. AVRS is designed to reduce vibration and noise induced by unbalanced mass of rotating machinery. With AVRS, ASUS DVD-E818AT provides high readability and playability.

Support Speed Auto-Switch Function

Suppoer High Speed CD-Audio Playback

Support High Speed Digital Audio Extraction

Vertical/Horizontal Mounting Available

Unique Dust Resistance Design

Changeable panel supported

5X DVD-RAM read Supported
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Postby Grain on Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:58 pm

I wonder what speeds they'll read DVD-Video at?
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Postby Ian on Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:28 pm

Grain wrote:I wonder what speeds they'll read DVD-Video at?


With our luck, it will be locked at 5x or something.
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Postby Grain on Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:48 pm

LOL, my fear also. I have enough writers like that, don't need a rip-locked ROM.
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Postby Scour on Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:31 pm

18 DVD-ROM, also DVD-R/+R ?
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Postby Ian on Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:22 pm

Scour wrote:18 DVD-ROM, also DVD-R/+R ?


I don't know. That's not listed on their webpage.
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Postby SkaarjMaster on Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:44 pm

What's the deal with SATA optical drives? Is it a good idea? Any drawbacks? This sounds like a promising drive for my new system next year......at least so far.
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Postby SithTracy on Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:43 pm

If your new rig comes with a Jmicron IDE controller you'll jump all over SATA drives...
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Postby Sizzle on Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:14 am

Any news on when the SATA version will hit the U.S.?
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Postby radialman on Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:37 am

I bought the sata version last week (E818AT). After running tests with nero CD-DVD speed, the results were disappointing. DVD read speed cannot go over 10X. CD read speed is ok (48X like the specs). I’ve tested many types of DVD media, but the results are :( :( :( The drive was originally shiped with 1.00 firmware version. Did the upgrade to 1.01 from ASUS but nothing. The same results. I'll post the results later on. How can ASUS declare 18X?? Any ideas???
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Postby Ian on Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:12 am

I'm guessing that the drive only reaches 18x with single layer, data DVD-ROM's. If you read dual layer or CSS protected discs, the speeds will be slower.
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Postby radialman on Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:14 pm

Ian wrote:I'm guessing that the drive only reaches 18x with single layer, data DVD-ROM's. If you read dual layer or CSS protected discs, the speeds will be slower.


I'm posting the tests. The damn thing cannot go over 10X whatever the media is :evil: :evil: . I had a NEC DV5800 before and it was kicking, with speeds that could go over 16X even if the drive's nominal speed was 16X. Unfortunately I had to change it because I had it on the same IDE channel with the recorder (Plextor PX-760A) and I could not work both at the same time. The mobo has only 1 IDE channel and Plextor recommends having the drive by itself. Where’s the 18 X that ASUS advertise? I can’t figure this out!
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Postby Ian on Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:47 pm

There isn't a "speed boost" or something that needs to be enabled, is there?
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Postby radialman on Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:11 pm

Ian wrote:There isn't a "speed boost" or something that needs to be enabled, is there?


I guess not. I was just told from someone who has the same drive that it can only reach 18X only with DVD-ROM SL media. Maybe I should have to wait if there will be any speed up patch. Otherwise I’ll look into buying something else. ASUS is playing a tricky game saying 18X. Thanks for your reply.
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Postby Scour on Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:26 pm

Many DVD-ROMs read DVD-R/+R/RW only with slow speeds, that is the reason why I use DVD-writers for reading
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Postby Shadowthebeast on Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:25 pm

I have bought an asus dvd-rom 16X SATA in september 2007 and it was also blocked at 10X maximum read speed.

I see that asus hasn't changed his mentality. To AVOID.
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Postby Scour on Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:36 pm

Thats not nice, but most ppl buy a writer instead of a reader
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