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ASUS DRW-1608P Internal DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 4th April, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Having reached maturity in DVD writing at 16x for DVD-R and DVD+R media for a few months now, and still without an official crowning of the next standard in high capacity optical storage, attention to the existing framework of technologies has been pretty sparse of late. While fragment announcements such as Sony's recent statement about the possibility of merging its Blu-ray format with the opposing HD-DVD standard have kept interests on the rather quiet developments of optical storage warm, activities and buzz within the scene are actually quite sluggish. This is understandable since 16x DVD writers are no longer novelties and have been around for a while now. Current advances in optical storage that are causing some commotion in the present context are faster write speeds for DVD-RW, DVD+RW and the recent reemergence of the LightScribe labeling technology from HP, a budding technology promising professional looking and lasting labels over its ink and paper counterpart.


Accompanying us today is the ASUS DRW-1608P, a full-fledged 16x DVD writer with all the bells and whistles you would expect from the latest generation of optical drives, but with the exception of LightScribe. Listed within its list of specifications include new write speeds such as 6x for DVD-RW, 8x for DVD+RW and up to 6x for both DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media. The chief burn speed of 16x for DVD-R and DVD+R media is of course listed as well, thus the generic '16x16x' term for this class of DVD writers.

ASUS DRW-1608P Technical Specifications
  • DVD-ROM Read: 16x, Max
  • CD-ROM Read: 40x, Max
  • DVD+R Write: 16x, 12x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2.4x
  • DVD+RW Write: 8x**, 6x, 4x, 2.4x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 6x, 4x, 2.4x
  • DVD-R Write: 16x, 12x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x, 1x
  • DVD-RW: 6x, 4x, 2x, 1x
  • DVD-R DL: 6x*, 4x, 2x
  • CD-R Write: 40x, 32x, 16x, 10x, 4x
  • CD-RW Write: 24x, 20x, 16x, 10x, 4x
  • DVD/CD Random Access Time: 130/120 ms
*The drive will offer DVD-R Dual Layer compatibility through a firmware upgrade once the DVD-R Dual Layer specification has been officially approved by the DVD Forum. The write speed for selected DVD-R Dual Layer and +R Double Layer media types can also be increased to 6X through this firmware upgrade. **The +RW Alliance is currently finalizing the +RW 8x format and the product can be enhanced to support this media through a firmware upgrade once the +RW 8x specification has been officially approved by the +RW Alliance.
Over-Speed Burning
  • Burns 2.4x DVD±R DL (Double Layer) discs at 4x/6x Speed
  • CAV: Over-speed writing of 8x DVD±R at 16x speed
  • Z-CLV: Over-Speed writing of 8x DVD±R at 12x speed
Supported IDE mode
  • PIO mode 0/1/2/3/4
  • DMA mode 0/1/2
  • UDMA mode 0/1/2
Buffer Size
  • 2MB
Disc Size
  • DVD: 120 mm
  • CD: 80 and 120 mm
Writing Mode DVD
  • Disc-At-Once, Incremental Recording, Restricted Overwriting, Sequential Recording and Random Recording
  • Track-at-Once
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Multisession
  • Packet Recording (fixed & variable packet)
Supported Formats DVD
  • DVD+R DL 8.5GB
  • DVD+R 4.7GB
  • DVD+RW 4.7GB
  • DVD-R 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-RW 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-Video
  • DVD-5
  • DVD-9
  • DVD-10
  • DVD-18
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM XA (m1, m2f1/m2f2)
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • Bootable CD
  • Photo CD (single & multi-session)
  • Video CD
  • Super Video CD
  • CD-Extra
  • Mixed-mode CD
  • CD-Text
  • CD-Graphics
Physical Characteristics
  • Dimension: 148 X 42.3 X 180 mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 1.0 Kg
  • 1x ASUS DRW-1608P Internal IDE Drive
  • 1 x Cable set (1 x IDE cable, 4 x mounting screws, 1 x audio cable
  • 1 x Nero authoring software
  • 1 x Ulead DVD MovieFactory
  • 1 x Multi-Language quick installation guide
  • 1 x Emergency eject pin and instruction slip
Firmware Update
  • Flash memory upgradeable

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