CDFreaks Presents: the Asus DRW-1612BL Burner review



CDFreaks Presents the Asus DRW-1612BL Burner review

You can read the review here

Please feel free to comment on the review in this thread. :wink:


Nice; I will be reading it closely this evening. Great Job.



Funny serial no. :wink:


So is this really a “three sheep” burner. How many three sheep burners are there, anyway?


Well, I see in some posts that this drive has 1.04 firmware, but mine has 1.06. After checked Asus site I can’t find any firmware upgrade. Is this the same situation as LG drives, where are the firmwares ?


It passed all the test for a three sheep burner, sorry I don’t have any more information than that.


Just got the Asus DRW-1612BL burner. Delivered with the 1.06 firmware.
Upgrade it to 1.10…tested it with the sheeptest…only passed the 2.51 and
2.90 test. NOT passed the SHEEP3 test :doh:
Whats happening ?, is it because my upgrade to 1.10 or could it be different version of the hardware? :confused:
How to downgrade it to an older firmware version for testing?



Later this week I will have another system up and running and I can put that drive back in. I will upgrade the firmware and give the sheep test a try again and let you know.


Thanks !, :flower:
I should have tried it BEFORE the upgrade, shame on me :o
hopefully we soon will no who made the hardware, and hopefully we then will get the option do whatever we want, at least upgrade/downgrade



Hmmm…agree, the same as mine according to Nero InfoTool? :confused:

Disc Information (M:)Drive Information

Drive : ASUS DRW-1612BL
Type : DVD-RAM Recorder
Firmware Version : 1.10
Buffer Size : 2 MB
Date : ?
Serial Number : 0001



Yes, looks like a joke from Asus.


In the search of "Who is making the DRW-1612BL"
Found this:,

DVD Burners with the same chipset as ASUS DRW-1612BL
(MediaTek MT1898LE)

LiteOn LH-18A1H, Samsung SH-S182M



So you should add a model from TSST too.

The 182M has no Lightscribe, the 18xL has.


This DVD-burners also use the same chipset as the ASUS DRW_1612BL
According to information from :
Just compare all the burners in this link.

HP dvd940i

Lite-On LH-20A1H

Philips SPD6003BD



Hello all! can you tell me… is there any utilities to make the drive region free that is free? :confused: i have region killer on my pc but i need to make the drive region free :iagree:

would love anyones help please only put the drive in today! :bigsmile:
thank you


I don’t believe anyone has created region free firmware yet


Looks like we came to the same spot, looking for the same thing! :bigsmile:


this drive some noisy, but still looking for rpc-1 firmware


Hi !
Any news?



Anyone know how to make Asus DVD 1612 BL do the bitseeting into DVD ROM as I see someone said that it cannot support bitsetting ? If with new firmware,can it be corrected ?

Also does it suppor alot of media like cheap and unbranded media so not only Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim or Ritek ?