Pilgrim wrote:So, what is the advantage of a SATA drive vs. IDE drive? The read/write speeds, I'm assuming, won't be effected. And would anyone know if, e.g., this Liteon SATA drive is compatible with a Nvidia Nforce 570 Ultra chipset? And lastly, it would appear that the only difference between the OEM vs. Retail version is that the Retail comes with software. Any idea what the software entails? e.g., Nero 7 Ultra perhaps?
The biggest advantage is the cable size. Also, more and more motherboards are including 1 or even 0 PATA connectors so you're SOL if you want to add more than a couple devices.
That Lite-On works with the Nforce 570 SLI. I have two engineering samples in my computer right now.
The retail comes with software, manual and probably an extra bezel. At this point, I belive Lite-On is shipping Nero 7 with all of their new drives, except for their new Blu-ray writer.