Help Identifying DVD/CD RW Drive

I have been given a HP DVD Burner P/N 376461-HDO. I have found very little information available online about it. I was hoping someone here could provide more information as I am thinking of using it in a system build if it is good enough.

Identifying Information -

Name: HP DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
P/N: 376461-HD0
Manufactured: January 2005
H/W Rev: 00
F/W Rev: BB03

Other Identifying Marks:
DVD+R/+RW
E-H900-04-1956(B)
BENG (IT) Co. Ltd.
China
DVD8631/72

Regulatory M/N: LVLDB-0407-00

From what I have been able to surmise form the label and from “Google” this is a BENQ 16x DVD+R/RW VS2 Dual Layer CTS drive rebranded as an HP Workstation drive. Of course I don’t even know what most of that means (i.e VS2, CTS…)

What I don’t know is what BENQ drive serves as its equivalent, is it firmware upgradeable, is it even a decent drive for home use in a performance PC.

The system I am building is as follows:

Computer Case: Lian Li PCV-1100B Plus
Power Supply: Seasonic S12-600
Motherboard: Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
CPU Fan: Zalman CNPS9500
Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5
RAM: Corsair XMS Pro TWINX2048-3500LLPRO 2GB
Video Cards: eVGA 7800GTX KO 256MB 256-P2-N529-AX (x2) in SLI
Sound Card: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB WD1500ADFD
Optical Drive: Plextor 716A DVD±R/RW CD-R/RW
Monitor: Dell 2405FPW 24" Widescreen LCD
Keyboard: Logitech G-15
Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser

As you can see I was about to buy a Plextor 716A DVD Burner. My research has suggested that though the Plextor has a great reputation as a fast drive with great software tools, it has has poor reliability. Then this HP fell into my lap for and I thought it might serve as a lesser but acceptable substitute.

If there are any other suggestions on a Fast DVD-ROM and/or DVD R/W drive I would be very intersted in hearing of them from the knowledgable members of ClubCDFreaks.

Thank you

I have been given a HP DVD Burner P/N 376461-HDO. I have found very little information available online about it. I was hoping someone here could provide more information as I am thinking of using it in a system build if it is good enough.

Identifying Information -

Name: HP DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
P/N: 376461-HD0
Manufactured: January 2005
H/W Rev: 00
F/W Rev: BB03

Other Identifying Marks:
DVD+R/+RW
E-H900-04-1956(B)
BENG (IT) Co. Ltd.
China
DVD8631/72

That would make this a Philips DVD8631 (which can be flashed to a BENQ 1620) You can either download the newest firmware from HP, or you can search for the instructions on how to crossflash the drive to a benq 1620. If you want to get decent burns on cheap media, then you want to crossflash. If you are using quality media, it won’t make much difference either way.
Oh! And once again, a former Petty Officer 2nd Class bails out a Chief!

Thanks for the assist.