3D Alpha heeft een review van een 50-speed Asus CD-ROM drive in elkaar geknutseld. Uiteraard is zo'n drive errug snel, maar de hoge rotatiesnelheid kent ook nadelen (het geluid van een jet engine...):
However, there are always low points, as well as high points in computer equipment. When testing this drive out and swapping CDs during install sessions for testing, I had to ask myself if I was near a nuclear testing site. With a top spindle speed of 10,400 rpms, you're bound to hear a good lot of noise when you put in a CD, but when it's not loading data for a game, or copying a file, it's generally pretty quiet. It's just those times when it's in use that you'd swear that your lawnmower is quieter. The noise level gets especially horrid for me when the spindle speed gets so fast that it emits a high pitched noise that seems to pierce my eardrum. Once you hear that, then you know the CD-ROM has peaked on it's spindle speed. If you're willing to sacrifice speed for less noise, I'd suggest ASUSTeK's 40x CD-ROM drive. Since they're both variable speed drives, the speed difference isn't a whole lot between the two.