it truly reads pressed bd-rom single layer discs at 8x and greater speed. just got mine today and it ripped a BD-ROM 25GB SL commercial disc(exact file size was 22.3gb) using anydvdhd latest beta version and got up to 19.54mb read speed and ripped the disc in around 20 minutes
dual layer dvd-rom rips fastest times i gotten are 12-14 mins
at 12x speed so to rip a blueray in 20 minutes or so is pretty darn good
note trying to find some cheap 8x record media to try...
meritline.com has 4x bd-r SL media for 4 buxs a pop that says with this drive can burn at 8x. might get some of those to try although entertainment players might have problem reading higher recorded discs. My first burn today was on verbatim 2x bd-r media SL from japan took 41 minutes but was a smooth burn using imgburn and udf 2.50 format and played once made compatible on my samsung bd-p1500 player fine..