Without checking the model # I think I have that asus one in my rig.
And without any other drive as comparison it works well and no complaints on it.
It's not really loud at all and burns like it's supposed to.
Then again as you said the fans in my case make much more noise then the drive so I probably coudn't even hear it with my head next to the case.
22x and 24X are theoretical burn speeds. In reality, no 22X or 24X speed drive will actually burn disks at those speeds due to actual media limitations. You are better off just picking a quality brand. Plus they are cheap enough to be practically disposable.