ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review :: Bundle

03-20-2010 · Category: Hardware - Optical Drives

By Elric Phares

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Drive front

Drive front

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Blu-ray logo

Blu-ray logo

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review DVD and CD logos

DVD and CD logos

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Left side

Left side


The front of the drive has the Blu-ray logo, followed by the ASUS logo, the DVD-R RW logo, the DVD Multi-Recorder logo and the CD recorder logo on the front door. Below the door on the right hand side is an open button with an activity light to the left of that and a eject hole above the open door button. The top of the drive has the part number and FCC Compliance stickers.

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Top

Top

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Back

Back

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review SATA

SATA

The back of the drive has the standard SATA Data and Power connectors. This drive has a maximum throughput of 36MB/second or 288Megabits/second and will hardly saturate the SATA 1.5Gigabit/second or 3.0 Gigabit/second bus so it should work with any modern motherboard with a free SATA port. Note the lack of a legacy audio connector as found on older DVD drives.


ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review System Build

System Build

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Drive inserted

Drive inserted

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review top view of installation

top view of installation

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Drive installed

Drive installed


Installation was a breeze with the case we used the Cooler Master UCP-100. The first step is to remove the bezel cover from the front of the case. At this point we took the ASUS drive, slid it into place and secured it with screws. After installing the motherboard and other drives we hooked up a SATA Power and Data cable and the system was ready to test with. Software installation was a matter of inserting the BD Suite DVD into the drive and installing it.