ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review :: Test Setup and Performance

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

By Elric Phares

In terms of performance I used the latest motherboard from GIGABYTE along with a Core i7 920 and two WD Raptor HDDs in RAID 0 mode as the test bench as that is a common system and has plenty of power to play back Blu-ray Disks. I played The Matrix on this system flawlessly without errors in playback. Another Blu-ray movie I used to try to see missed frames is Aliens Versus Predator again without dropped frames.

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review OptiDrive Matrix read

OptiDrive Matrix read

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review Burning test

Burning test

A great benchmark for testing Blu-ray Discs and DVD-ROMs is OptiDrive Control which can show the performance of a drive on playback and write speeds. The ASUS BC-08B1ST drive had playback speed of near the 4x maximum the Matrix movie was recorded on at peak and an average speed of 2.5x. The DVD Write speed using a 24x Sony DVD-R DL disk was peaked near the 16x maximum the drive advertised as its speed.

Test System

  • GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 motherboard/li>
  • 3GB Kingston DDR3 memory clocked at 1333MHz/li>
  • ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-ray combo drive/li>
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs in RAID 0 Mode /li>
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit edition


  • OptiDrive Control reading The Matrix Blu-ray Disk
  • OptiDrive Control burning test disk using Sony 24x DVD-R (DL)
  • Burn a copy of Sysmark 2007 disk 1 (3.5GB)