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  • Interface: E-IDE/ATAPI.
  • Formats supported:
    • DVD-ROM : DVD-ROM, DVD-Video
    • CD-ROM : CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-DA, CD-I, CD-RW, CD-R, CD-TEXT Multisession (Photo-CD,CD-EXTRA)
  • Reads discs of 8 and 12 cm in diameter
  • Data buffer: 256 Kbyte
  • Data rate:
    • DVD Transfer Rate 12X (16,224 KByte/s)
    • CD Transfer Rate 40X (6,000 KByte/s )
  • Access time:
    • DVD 110 ms
    • CD 90 ms
  • Installation: horizontal and vertical
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Error-free running time
    • MTBF 100,000 Power-On hours (POH)
    • POH at the working cycle not more than 25%

The drive came in the OEM package. The front panel has two buttons for Audio CD playback - Open/Close/Stop and Play/Skip. The front panel also has a rubber layer which eliminates noise and protects from dust.

Test results

Quality of operation with CDs

CDWinBench 99

  • CDWinMark99 - 1520
  • CD-ROM Transfer Rate
    • Inside - 2840 KBytes/s
    • Outside - 5490 KBytes/s
  • CPU utilization - 8.71%
  • CD-ROM Access Time - 96.8 ms

Nero CD-Speed

The following information on the drive is obtained with the Drive check utility:

  • Vendor : MT1316B
  • Product : BDV212B
  • Firmware version :0.43
  • Buffer size : 512 KBytes
  • Maximum read speed : 7040 KBytes/sec (40 X)
  • CDDA accurate : yes
  • C2 pointers : yes
  • Speed settings : 4-8-16-20-24-28-32-40 X
  • Read RAW mode : yes

According to these data the drive supports all functions necessary for accurate capture of audio tracks. Besides, it has a larger buffer than specified (512 KBytes against 256 KBytes).

Testing of the drive using a standard CD

Average Speed 28.27x
Start Speed 16.38x
End Speed 37.49x
Random Seek 104 ms
1/3 Seek 118 ms
Full Seek 202 ms
Reading type CAV
CPU usage 1x 1%
Accurate stream No
DAE quality Score 10
SpinUp Time 3.45 sec
SpinDown Time 4.24 sec
Disc Recognition Time 6.26 sec

CD-ROM Drive Analyzer

CD-R reading

CD-RW reading

Damaged CD reading

The drive doesn't read CD-R/RW and damaged CDs successfully. But standard CDs do not cause any problems.

Advanced DAE Quality(Nero CD-Speed)

Offset 2256 bytes (564 samples)
Sequential Read Test Average Speed: 17.12 X
Data Errors: 0
Sync Errors: 0
Harmonica Read Test Average Access Time: 149 ms
Data Errors:58674
Sync Errors: 0

Total Data Errors: 58674
Total Sync Errors: 0
Quality Score: 98.1

On The Fly Copying Simulation Copying at 1 X
Copying at 2 X
Copying at 4 X
Copying at 6 X
Copying at 8 X
Copying at 10 X
Copying at 12 X
data errors
Data Errors: 1175
Copying at 16 X
too slow
CD Text Drive is capable of reading CD Text information
Subchannel Data Drive cannot read Subchannel Data directly
Leadin Drive cannot read data from the Leadin
Leadout Drive cannot read data from the Leadout

Soundtrack extraction from audio CDs (CDDAE 99)

Licensed CD Pirated CD
Average extraction speed 15.1x 14.7x
Total errors 0.00% 0.00%

Direct copying of data from a 780 MBytes CD-R onto a hard disc.

The drive read the 780 MBytes disc flawlessly. The time of full copying is 7 min. 10 sec.

Quality of operation with DVD discs

Nero DVD Speed

Testing with a two-layer DVD disc

Average Speed 4.62x
Start Speed 2.52x
End Speed 3.24x
Random Seek 129 ms
1/3 Seek 171 ms
Full Seek 186 ms
Reading type CAV
CPU usage 1x 16%
SpinUp Time 2.25 sec
SpinDown Time 3.84 sec
Layer Change Time 58 ms
Disc Recognition Time 7.61 sec

DVD-Video playback with the Cyberlink PowerDVD 2.55

The DVD-Video was played without any problems; no artifacts were noticed. Changing of the layer didn't affect the quality of reproduction.

Noise characteristics.

  • Tray - 6/10
  • CD
    • Seek - 4/10
    • Total noise - 5/10
  • DVD
    • Seek - 5/10
    • Total noise - 6/10

At the maximum speed the noise level was quite high. Speed reduction is possible only with the help of external programs (CDBremse, Nero DriveSpeed): 4-8-16-20-24-28-32-40 X.


When working with badly balanced CDs the drive didn't shine. It vibrated quite much. However, vibration didn't prevent from reading discs at a high speed.

Thermal conditions.

There are no any complains about its thermal conditions. The data were read after an intensive 2-hour operation:

T inside the case - 35°C
T of the upper surface - 38°C
T of the lower surface - 39°C

Possibility to make the drive region free (RPC-1).

According to www.firmware.fr.st, you can change the firmware version to make the drive region free.

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