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In House Review - ASUS DRW-1608P3S 16x DVD±RW/RAM

Postby Ian on Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:47 pm

Today we bring you a review of ASUS's latest "Super-Multi" drive, the DRW-1608P3S. Based on the Pioneer DVR-111, the drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DRW-1608P3S also includes features like 40x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and support for technologies like FlextraLink and FlextraSpeed.

In this review we'll take a look at some of the features found on the DRW-1608P3S and see how it compares to some of the 16x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does ASUS's drive have what it takes? You'll have to read the review to find out.

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Postby LoneWolf on Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:49 am

Good review, Ian.

So, next question...Of this drive, or the Pioneer it's based on, which do you feel is the better choice?
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Postby Scour on Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:27 pm

Nice review :)

But I´m a bit disappointed with the scan-results of the Benq. Is the Benq so sensitive or the Liteon to unsensitive?
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Postby Ian on Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:02 pm

Scour wrote:Is the Benq so sensitive or the Liteon to unsensitive?


IMO.. both. In this case though, the jitter levels really aren't too obscene so what you see is what you get. Unless you're talking about the Optodisc DVD+R media. Those never seem to scan well on BenQ drives.

LoneWolf, they're essentially the same drive. If you're not comfortable hacking the firmware, I'd say that the Pioneer is probably better due to their more frequent updates. Otherwise, the ASUS is an excellent choice due to its price.
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Postby [buck] on Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:02 pm

I can't say I'm impressed with the burn quality from this drive. I'm thinking you either got a not-so-great drive revision, or whatever firmware Asus is using isn't so great.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:51 pm

My BenQ scans my Acro Circle 16x DVD+Rs burned on my Pioneer DVR-111D quite well :o

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