Test machine
For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:
Hardware:
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 (Intel P55 chipset)
- Processor: Intel i7 750
- RAM: 4 GB Corsair dual channel kit DDR3
- GFX: ATI HD 5670 (512 Megabytes GDDR5 HDCP compliant)
- Hard disk OS: Western Digital Black 1Tb
- PSU: Chieftec 500W
- Display: FujitsuSiemens 22”
- Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
System setup:
The LG BH12LS35 was connected to one of the main-board's SATA ports and reports as a HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH12LS35 Device.
From the screenshot from Nero InfoTool above, we can see the LG BH12LS35 supports burning of BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL and BD-ROM –R/RE DL reading. The drive came shipped with firmware version 1.00 and no updates were available at the time of writing this review.
Installed software:
- Nero Multimedia Suite 10
- Nero disc speed
- Nero Info Tool
- DVDFab 8
- Opti Drive Control
- Exact Audio Copy
Features and techniques
Software Bundle:
Now let’s take a brief look at the supplied software bundle. Please note that we may not use any of this software in this review.
The Super Multi Blue Install Disc (for windows) the LG BH12LS35 has the following software:
- CyberLink BD Advisor
- CyberLink LabelPrint
- CyberLink MediaShow
- LG Burning tool
- CyberLink PowerBackup
- CyberLink PowerDVD 9
- CyberLink PowerProducer
- CyberLink YouCam
- LG ODD Auto Firmware Update
The first screen of the LG installation CD.
Software install screen
BookType (BitSetting):
The LG BH12LS35 can only set BitSetting manually, and is capable of writing DVD+R and +R DL media with the DVD-ROM book type, but after a reboot the setting goes back to +R/R DL.
Here is how you could check if your discs are really written with DVD-ROM book type:
Start Opti Drive Control and click the Disc info button and you should get something like this:
DVD+R with book type DVD-ROM
Another quick test is to start Nero CD-Speed and look at the disc information:
Writing technique
Now it’s time to take a closer look at the writing technology used by the LG BH12LS35.
For these tests we used Opti Drive Control, and wrote a full disc at the drive’s maximum speed.
CD Recordable:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35 it should be able to write CD-R media at a maximum speed of 48x.
The LG BH12LS35 uses CAV, (Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 48X. This gives an average speed of 34.51x and a total writing time of 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
For comparison we have made the following table:
CD-R Disc Writing |
Supported Write Speed |
Write Strategy |
Start Write Speed |
End Write Speed |
Average Write Speed |
Write Time Full 80min |
Liteon iHBS112 |
48x |
CAV |
21.00x |
49.47x |
32.84x |
2m:44s |
LG GGW-H20L |
40x |
P-CAV |
20.04x |
40.45x |
33.49x |
2m:50s |
LG GBC-H20L |
40x |
P-CAV |
20.11x |
40.45x |
33.37x |
2m:51s |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
48X |
CAV |
21.79x |
48.13x |
37.02x |
2m:43s |
LG BH08LS20 |
48X |
CAV |
21.66x |
48.29x |
36.57x |
2m:40s |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
32X |
Z-CLV |
16.01x |
32.05x |
24.86x |
3m:58s |
Sony BWU-300S |
48x |
CAV |
17.19x |
47.50x |
35.61x |
2m:42s |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
40X |
P-CAV |
19.17x |
32.00x |
30.91x |
3m:07s |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
40x |
P-CAV |
18.83x |
40.09x |
29.87x |
3m:04s |
Plextor PX-B310U |
48x |
CAV |
21.10x |
48.98x |
35.58x |
2m:40s |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
48x |
CAV |
21.10x |
48.44x |
33.19x |
2m:48s |
LG BH12LS35 |
48x |
CAV |
16.21x |
49.63x |
34.51x |
2m:40s |
As we can see, the LG BH12LS35 is one of the fastest drives when writing CD-R media.
CD Re-writable:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35, it should be able to write CD-RW media at a maximum speed of 24x.
The LG BH12LS35 uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 24X. This gives an average speed of 22.35x and a total writing time of 3 minutes and 57 seconds.
For comparison we have made the following table:
CD-RW Disc Writing |
Supported Write Speed |
Write Strategy |
Start Write Speed |
End Write Speed |
Average Write Speed |
Write Time Full Disc |
Liteon iHBS112 |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.00x |
24.02x |
22.02x |
4m:22s |
LG GGC-H20L |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.00x |
24.00x |
22.96 |
3m:41s |
LG GGW-H20L |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.00x |
24.01x |
22.96 |
3m:45s |
LG GBW-H20L |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.00x |
24.01x |
22.96 |
3m:37s |
LG GBC-H20L |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.00x |
24.01x |
22.96 |
3m:39s |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
32x |
Z-CLV |
16.04x |
32.09x |
25.44x |
3m:33s |
LG BH08LS20 |
24x |
Z-CLV 2 Zones |
16.04x |
24.15x |
23.40x |
3m:46s |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
24x |
Z-CLV 2 Zones |
16.01x |
24.02x |
22.60x |
3m:58s |
Sony BWU-300S |
24x |
Z-CLV 2 Zones |
16.01x |
24.00x |
23.26x |
3m:51s |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
24x |
Z-CLV 2 Zones |
16.00x |
24.01x |
22.50x |
3m:42s |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
24x |
Z-CLV 2 Zones |
15.99x |
24.05x |
21.94x |
4m:03s |
Plextor PX-B310U |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.05x |
24.35x |
21.53x |
4m:03s |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
24x |
Z-CLV |
16.05x |
23.96x |
20.09x |
4m:16s |
LG BH12LS35 |
24x |
Z-CLV |
11.86x |
24.14x |
22.35x |
3m:57s |
As we can see, the LG BH12LS35 is again amongst the fastest drives when writing CD-RW media.
16x DVD+R writing speed:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35, it should be able to write DVD+R/-R media at a maximum speed of 16x.
DVD+R
The LG BH12LS35 uses CAV, (Constant Angular Velocity) to write at its maximum speed of 16X. This gives an average speed of 11.09x and a total writing time of 5 minutes and 44 seconds.
DVD+R Disc Writing |
Supported Write Speed |
Write Strategy |
Start Write Speed |
End Write Speed |
Average Write Speed |
Write Time |
Liteon iHBS112 |
16x |
P-CAV |
6.69x |
16.04x |
11.07x |
5m:35s |
LG GBW-H20L |
16x |
P-CAV |
6.95x |
16.12x |
12.08x |
5m:42s |
LG GBC-H20L |
16x |
P-CAV |
6.94x |
16.09x |
12.08x |
5m:42s |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
16x |
CAV |
6.71x |
16.02x |
11.99x |
5m:19s |
LG BH08LS20 |
16x |
CAV |
6.81x |
16.32x |
11.89x |
5m:46s |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
16x |
CAV |
6.65x |
15.69x |
11.68x |
5m:57s |
Sony BWU-300S |
16x |
CAV |
6.63x |
15.97x |
11.32x |
5m:48s |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
16x |
CAV |
6.69x |
16.15x |
11.72x |
5m:59s |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
16x |
CAV |
5.49x |
15.96x |
11.10x |
5m:59s |
Plextor PX-B310U |
16x |
CAV |
6.70x |
12.56x |
11.06x |
5m:32s |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
16x |
CAV |
6.64x |
16x |
11.16x |
5m:33s |
LG BH12LS34 |
16x |
CAV |
6.78x |
16.28x |
11.09x |
5m:44s |
16x DVD-R writing speed:
DVD-R
The LG BH12LS35 uses CAV, (Constant Angular Velocity) to write at its maximum speed of 16X. This gives an average speed of 10.53x and a total writing time of 5 minutes and 51 seconds.
For comparison we have made the following table:
DVD-R Disc Writing |
Supported Write Speed |
Write Strategy |
Start Write Speed |
End Write Speed |
Average Write Speed |
Write Time |
Liteon iHBS112 |
16x |
P-CAV |
6.67x |
16.03x |
11.19x |
5m:40s |
LG GBW-H20L |
16x |
P-CAV |
6.92x |
16.11x |
12.06x |
5m:41s |
LG GBC-H20L |
16x |
P-CAV |
6.95x |
16.09x |
12.08x |
5m:39s |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
16x |
CAV |
6.70x |
16.03x |
11.99x |
5m:38s |
LG BH08LS20 |
16x |
CAV |
6.82x |
16.35x |
11.91x |
5m:41s |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
16x |
CAV |
6.70x |
13.81x |
11.67x |
5m:47s |
Sony BWU-300S |
16x |
CAV |
6.63x |
16.00x |
11.36x |
5m:54s |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
16x |
CAV |
5.85x |
14.50x |
11.17x |
5m:46s |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
16x |
CAV |
6.71x |
13.10x |
11.11x |
5m:41s |
Plextor PX-B310U |
16x |
CAV |
6.69x |
12.89x |
11.00x |
5m:49s |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
16x |
CAV |
6.67x |
16.15x |
11.16x |
5m:52s |
LG BH12LS35 |
16x |
CAV |
6.79x |
16.31x |
10.51x |
5m:51s |
The LG BH12LS35 is again very fast when writing DVD±R media.
8X DVD+RW writing speed:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35, it should be able to write DVD+RW at a maximum speed of 8x.
The LG BH12LS35 uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 7.79x and a total writing time of 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
For comparison we have made the following table:
DVD+RW Drive |
Supported Speed |
Write Strategy |
Average Write Speed |
Write Time |
Liteon iHBS112 |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.38x |
7m:48s |
LG GBC-H20L |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.84x |
7m:25s |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.51x |
7m:47s |
LG BH08LS20 |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.85x |
7m:18s |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.73x |
7m:55s |
Sony BWU-300S |
8x |
Z-CLV |
6.78x |
8m:35s |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.77x |
7m:26s |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.61x |
7m:42s |
Plextor PX-B310U |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.41x |
7m:45s |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.38x |
7m:43s |
LG BH12LS35 |
8x |
Z-CLV |
7.79x |
7m:20s |
The LG BH12LS35 was one of the fastest drives when writing our test DVD+RW media.
6x DVD-RW writing speed:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35, it should be able to write DVD-RW at a maximum speed of 6x.
The LG BH12LS35 uses CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 6X. This gives an average speed of 6.04x and a total writing time of 10 minutes and 05 seconds.
For comparison we have made the following table:
DVD-RW Drive |
Supported Speed |
Write Strategy |
Average Write Speed |
Write Time |
Liteon iHBS112 |
6x |
Z-CLV |
5.54x |
10m:55s |
LG GBC-H20L |
6x |
CLV |
6.01x |
9m:55s |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
6x |
Z-CLV |
5.76x |
10m:44s |
LG BH08LS20 |
6x |
CLV |
6.03x |
10m:04s |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
6x |
CLV |
6.00x |
10m:16s |
Sony BWU-300S |
6x |
CLV |
5.83x |
10m:29s |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
6x |
CLV |
6.00x |
9m:53s |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
6x |
CLV |
6.01x |
10m:15s |
Plextor PX-B310U |
6x |
Z-CLV |
5.76x |
10m:37s |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
6x |
Z-CLV |
5.53x |
10m:52s |
LG BH12LS35 |
6x |
CLV |
6.04x |
10m:05s |
The LG BH12LS35 was one of the fastest drives when writing DVD-RW media.
8x DVD+R DL writing speed:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35, it should be able to write DVD+R DL at a maximum speed of 8x.
The LG BH12LS35 uses P-CAV, (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 6.79x and a total writing time of 16 minutes and 29 seconds.
8x DVD-R DL writing speed:
According to the specifications of the LG BH12LS35, it should be able to write DVD-R DL at a maximum speed of 8x, unfortunately the media used could only be burned at 4x.
The LG BH12LS35 uses CLV, (Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 4X, our write was completed in 27 minutes and 36 seconds.
For comparison we have made the following table:
DVD DL Drive |
Size |
Writing Speed |
Writing Time |
Book Type |
Liteon iHBS112 |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 4x |
19m:30s 27m:52s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
LG GBC-H20L |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 4x DVD-R DL 4x |
27m:26s 28m:06s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
ASUS BC-06B1ST |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 4x DVD-R DL 4x |
26m:34s 27m:06s |
DVD-R DL DVD-R |
LG BH08LS20 |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 4x DVD-R DL 4x |
27m:23s 27m:57s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
Pioneer BDR-203BK |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 8x |
15m:56s 16m:29s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
Sony BWU-300S |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 8x |
19m:45s 17m:36s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
Pioneer BDR-205BK |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 8x |
15m:26s 16m:48s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
Plextor PX-B940AS |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 8x |
15m:45s 15m:46s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
Plextor PX-B310U |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 4x |
16m:59s 27m:07s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
Plextor PX-LB950SA |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 4x |
19m:08s 27m:50s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
LG BH12LS35 |
8152MB |
DVD+R DL 8x DVD-R DL 4x |
16m:29s 27m:36s |
DVD-ROM DVD-R |
The LG BH12LS35 was amongst the fastest drives when writing DVD+R DL media
Summary:
The LG BH12LS35 is very good performer across all media groups, returning some of the fastest burns.
Let’s head on to the next page where we will check reading performance….