Asus HR-0205T - quietest HD DVD drive in the market

One of the major requirements for a HTPC is silent operations, and the system noise usually comes from fans and other moving parts in computer such as optical drives. Asus introduced the HR-0205T, the quietest HD DVD drive in the market.

The drive operates at 21.1dB of noise when playing HD DVD and 23.7dB when playing a dual-layer DVD. The drive can be mounted horizontally or vertically and connects to PATA port. Asus utilize a PATA-SATA adaptor to allow the drive to connect to SATA port.

The HR-0205T supports 2.4X HD DVD ROM/2.4X HD DVD ROM(DL)/2.4X HD DVD-R Read, 5X DVD±R/ 5X DVD+RW/ 5X DVD-RW/ 5X DVD±R (DL), 15X CD-R/ 15X CD-RW; and 15X DVD-ROM/ 15X CD-ROM Read formats. The drive does not burn any media. No pricing information yet at this moment.

[via press release]