Well, I didn't plan on upgrading...but it became necessary. Long story, will try not to digress too much.
I have some family overseas whom I built a system for, with harsh climates and limited support in mind. Despite that, the Intel Badaxe mainboard in it is failing (likely due to problems with their electrical power, which has been remedied). Since it's running in a RAID-1 array and I need to use a similar controller, my BadAxe 2 mainboard will be shipped out to them. I've ordered a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
to replace mine.
I don't know that I want to use the JMicron IDE controller on the board, and I'll probably save the JMicron SATA ports for working with eSATA, so that leaves putting new optical drives (if I get them) on the Intel ICH10R ports, which will be running either in RAID, or AHCI mode. The last time I did this, I had tons of fun with Pioneer's drives before giving up, selling them, and going back to IDE drives.
I know it's been awhile since then, and I'd like to see what results people have had with newer SATA burners. Has anyone found models that work reliably with AHCI mode on? Or, does it make better sense that I connect them to the JMicron SATA ports and run eSATA from the Intel ports?