I bought 3 drives at Fry’s yesterday which turned out to all be UHD friendly as I expected.
However, the LG drives are ripping UHD discs at an average of only 4X, whereas the ASUS is ripping at 6X average. I ripped the exact same disc of Blade Runner Final Cut 4K to a local SSD on each drive with IMGBURN and got the following times:
LG WH16NS40 (1.02) :
I 22:50:39 Source Device: [0:0:0] HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH16NS40 1.02 (E:) (SATA)
I 22:50:40 Source Media Size: 59,833,647,104 bytes
I 23:41:03 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:50:18
I 23:41:03 Average Read Rate: 19,360 KiB/s (4.4x) - Maximum Read Rate: 26,431 KiB/s (6.0x)
LG BH16NS40 (1.02) :
I 23:49:29 Source Device: [0:0:0] HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH16NS40 1.02 (G:) (SATA)
I 23:49:29 Source Media Size: 59,833,647,104 bytes
I 00:40:01 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:50:26
I 00:40:01 Average Read Rate: 19,309 KiB/s (4.4x) - Maximum Read Rate: 26,360 KiB/s (6.0x)
ASUS BW-16D1HT (3.02) :
I 01:08:37 Source Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.02 (F:) (SATA)
I 01:08:37 Source Media Size: 59,833,647,104 bytes
I 01:46:39 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:37:55
I 01:46:39 Average Read Rate: 25,684 KiB/s (5.9x) - Maximum Read Rate: 34,941 KiB/s (8.0x)
As you can see, the LG drives take about 50 minutes for the tip, whereas the Asus takes only about 38 minutes - a significant difference.
All the google searches I have done online tell me that the LG drives are not supposed to be riplocked. I read something in reference to “quiet mode”, and wonder if that is what is keeping the speed down on them.
Supposedly, the ASUS and LG BH16NS40 are the same hardware with different firmware …
Is there a utility that can fix the speed for the LG drives ? Can I cross flash Asus firmware to the LG drive ? And if so how ?
Good old Mediacodespeededit doesn’t seem to work on the firmware for any of these drives.
I may return the 2 LG drives and exchange for Asus if I can’t fix the ripping speed.