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Friday, November 23, 2007

1. Introduction

ASUS brings High Definition technology to the masses by offering a cheaper drive that has reading capabilities for Blu-ray, DVD and CD media. The new ASUS BC1205PT enters the market in direct competition with the Pioneer BDC-202 drive, which shares the same specifications, and possibly the LiteOn DH-4O1S - a BD-ROM drive.

The ASUS BC-1205PT is a BD-ROM/DVD±R/RW/CD-RW drive capable of reading data from and writing data to DVD+R/RW/DVD-R/RW/ DVD-RAM formats.


  • Read Speed
    • DVD-ROM Read: 12x, Max
    • DVD-RAM Read: 5x, Max
    • CD-ROM Read: 32x, Max
    • BD-ROM/R/RE Read: 5x, Max
  • Write Speed
    • DVD+R Write: 12x
    • DVD+RW Write: 6x
    • DVD+R DL Write: 4x
    • DVD-R Write: 12x
    • DVD-RW Write: 6x
    • DVD-R DL Write: 4x
    • DVD-RAM Write: 5x
    • CD-R Write: 32x
    • CD-RW Write: 24x
  • Access Time:
    • BD: 250ms
    • DVD: 150ms
    • CD: 150ms

Supported Formats (write):


  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM XA (m1, m2f1/m2f2)
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • Bootable CD
  • Photo CD (single & multi-session)
  • Video CD
  • CD-Extra
  • CD-Text


  • DVD+R DL 8.5GB
  • DVD+R 4.7GB
  • DVD+RW 4.7GB
  • DVD-R DL: 8.5GB
  • DVD-R 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-RW 4.7GB (closed session)
  • DVD-Video

System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 541 3.2 GHz or above / AMD Athlon 64X2 3800+2.0 GHz or above
  • Memory: Recommended above 512 MB RAM
  • VGA: nVidia GeForce 7600 GT or above ATI X1600 series or above
  • VGA Memory: Recommended above 256MB

Physical Characteristics:

  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : 148 x 42.3 x 185 mm (w/o bezel)
  • Weight: 980g

Interface: SATA

Buffer Size: 4MB

Firmware Update: Flash memory upgradable

Writing Mode:


  • Disc-At-Once
  • Incremental Recording
  • Restricted Overwriting
  • Sequential Recording
  • Random Recording


  • Track-at-Once
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Session-at-Once
  • Packet Recording (fixed & variable)

The ASUS BC1205PT drive comes with the CyberLink BD Solution software package and also includes the following applications:

  • PowerDVD
  • PowerProducer
  • Power2Go
  • PowerBackup
  • InstantBurn

The heart of the drive is the RENESAS R8J32500FPV chip, also found on the Pioneer BDR-202 drive, which we recently reviewed here on

- DVD Info pro

- Nero Info Tool

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