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Friday, November 19, 2004
DVD-ROM Roundup Vol.4

1. Asus DVD-E616P2

DVD-ROM Roundup Vol.4 - Page 1

Asus DVD-E616P2

The DVD-E616P2 is the latest internal half-height DVD-ROM from ASUS. The drive supports 16X DVD-ROM and 48X CD-ROM reading speeds.

- Features

The ASUS DVD-E616P2 delivers superior stability with an anti-vibration mechanism that reduces vibration throughout the drive. It also increases control of resonance frequency and limits vibration noise for quiet operation and smooth DVD playback performance.

  • DVD-ROM max. data transfer rate: 21640 KB/s (16X)
  • CD-ROM max. data transfer rate: 7200 KB/s (48X)
  • Interface: E-IDE/ATAPI
  • Random Access Time: DVD: 120 ms vs. CD: 120 ms typical
  • Data Buffer: 512 KB
  • Application Formats: Capable of reading most of the DVD-ROM/R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-Video and CD-ROM/R/RW discs.
  • Low CPU Utilization.

  • High-Speed DAE & VCD Data Extraction
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP, DOS 6.xx, Linux
  • Vertical/ Horizontal Mounting Available
  • Full Accessibility and Playability: ASUS DVD-E616P2 provides leading-edge multimedia experience with fabulous playback capacities that allows users to access all CDs, DVD-R/RW/ROM, DVD+R/RW and DVD-Video.
  • DDSSII - Double Dynamic Suspension System. Superior Stability with Low Vibration
  • Mechanism: Reduced vibration on traverse & drive case; resonance frequency control; reduced vibration noise; enhanced readability & playability
  • AFFM (Airflow Field Modification)
    AFFM is designed to change the uneven airflow field inside the drive because even pressure distribution leads to quieter and more stable operation.

- Specifications

Sustained DataTransfer Rate 16X max:21640 KB/s (DVD)
48X max:7200 KB/s (CD)
Burst Data Transfer Rate 99.9MB/s (Ultra DMA/100 Mode)
66.6MB/s (Ultra DMA/66 Mode)
33.3MB/s (Ultra DMA/33 Mode)
16.6MB/s (PIO Mode 4 & Multi-Word DMA Mode 2)
Random Access Time DVD:120ms typical
CD:120ms typical
Interface ATAPI Specification
Disc Formats DVD
CD XA(Video), CD XA(Audio), CD RW(Video),CD RW(Audio), CD RW(UDF), Multi-Session(Data), Multi-Session(Audio), Bootable CD, CD ROM, Karaoke CD, CD-MixMode, CD-Extra, CD-I, Photo CD
Disc Diameters 8cm & 12cm
Data Buffer Size 512 KB
Mounting Orientation Horizontal & Vertical
Compatibility Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP, DOS6.xx, Linux
Audio Outputs Line out Output: 0.7V rms typical
Reliability MTBF:
100,000 Power On Hours (POH)
0.5 hr
Environment Temperature
Operating: 5~45° C
Storage: -20~60° C
Operating: 20~80% (non-condensing)
Storage:15~85% (non-condensing)
Configuration Dimension: 14.85 x 4.26 x 17.3 cm (W x H x D)
Weight: 830g
Power Requirement Voltage:DC + 5V / DC + 12V
Tolerance:5% / 10%

The drive also uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times.

- The package

The retail box includes the drive, one audio cable for the internal connection with the motherboard, mounting screws, quick installation guide and a CD-ROM with PowerDVD software and drivers. No IDE cable is included.

On the front, there is the DVD-ROM logo located on the left, while the QuieTrack logo is situated under the Asus logo in the center. The activity indicator light is located in the middle while the emergency eject button is on the left. And finally on the right there is the eject button.

On the rear panel you can see the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector and the power input.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. You can click on the mainboard picture for a higher resolution image:

Click for bigger image

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and WindowsXP recognized it as "ASUS DVD-E616P2 ". The drive arrived with firmware v1.03.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.30
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. KProbe v2.4.1

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